Scully is professor of political science and a Kellogg Institute faculty fellow at the University of Notre Dame, where he serves as a trustee and fellow of the University and director and fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives.
His research and graduate teaching focuses on comparative political institutions, especially political parties. His writings include Rethinking the Center: Party Politics in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Chile (Stanford University Press, 1992) and five coauthored volumes, including El eslabón perdido: familia, modernización y bienestar en Chile (Taurus, 2006), Vínculos, creencias e ilusiones: la cohesión social de Los Latinoamericanos (Uqbar Editores, 2008), and Democratic Governance in Latin America (Stanford University Press, 2009).
Scully has been recognized with various awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal, presented by the president of the United States, and the 2013 William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievements in Social Entrepreneurship from the Manhattan Institute. Most recently, on behalf of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), which he cofounded, he received the 2015 Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the National Catholic Education Association.
Ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1981, he served his first years of priesthood in Santiago, Chile. He holds a BA and MDiv from the University of Notre Dame and an MA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.
Scully joined the Kellogg Advisory Board in 1999.
Comparative parties and party systems; democratization; aggregate data analysis
"Reappraising the Role of the Center: The Case of the Chilean Party System"
Working Paper Number: 143
Published: September 1990
"From Democracy to Democracy: Continuities and Changes of Electoral Choices and the Party System in Chile"
Working Paper Number: 199
Published: July 1993
"The Political Underpinnings of Economic Liberalization in Chile"
Working Paper Number: 211
Published: July 1994
Resilience and Change: The Party System in Redemocratized Chile
Working Paper Number: 416
Published: December 2016
Social and Political Effects of Religiosity and Religious Identities in Latin America
Working Paper Number: 362
Published: December 2009
Nairobi Workshop Hones Research Agenda on Catholic Ed
Jul 13, 2018
Nearly two dozen educators and researchers met last month at the Catholic Education Research Workshop in Nairobi.
Setting the Research Agenda on Global Catholic Education
May 24, 2018
More than 40 scholars and educators took part in the Global Catholic Education and Integral Human Development: Setting a Social Science Research Agenda conference in Rome last month.