Mainwaring is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and faculty co-chair of the Harvard Brazil Studies Program. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame and was a Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow for the entirety of his 33 years with the university. He served as the Institute’s director for 13 years and has served as an Advisory Board member for the Institute since 2017. He will return to Notre Dame as a faculty member in the fall of 2019.

Mainwaring's research interests include political parties and party systems, democratic and authoritarian regimes, democratization, and political institutions in Latin America. His most recent edited book, Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse (Cambridge University Press, 2018) grew out of a 2014 conference he hosted at the Kellogg Institute, with most of its 19 contributors having scholarly connections to Kellogg. His book Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall, co-authored Aníbal Pérez-Liñán (Cambridge University Press, 2013), won best book awards from the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association and the Political Institutions section of the Latin American Studies Association.

Mainwaring was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010 and has served on the Kellogg Institute Advisory Board since 2017.

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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