Scott Mainwaring is the incoming Eugene P. and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, where he holds a concurrent appointment with the Keough School of Global Affairs. He is also a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, where he previously served as director for 13 years and is a current Advisory Board member.

Mainwaring is returning this fall to Notre Dame from Harvard University, where he has served as the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies at the Kennedy School and is faculty co-chair of the Harvard Brazil Studies Program.

His research interests include political parties and party systems, democratic and authoritarian regimes, democratization, and political institutions in Latin America. 

He is the editor of Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and co-author, with Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, of the award-winning Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Mainwaring is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned a PhD from Stanford University.

Thematic Interests

Democratic institutions and democratization; political parties; the Catholic Church in Latin America


Kellogg Book Series

Problems Confronting Contemporary Democracies, Douglas Chalmers and Scott Mainwaring eds., (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012)


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Other Accomplishments & Recognitions
  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010
  • James C. Burns, CSC Graduate School Award (given annually to a Notre Dame faculty member for distinguished teaching of graduate students) 2005

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