International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council Member

Scott Mainwaring

University of Notre Dame

Scott Mainwaring is the Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include democratic institutions and democratization; political parties and party systems; and the Catholic Church in Latin America. His most recent book with Aníbal Pérez-Liñán is The Rise and Fall of Democracies and Dictatorships: Latin America since 1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2013). It won prizes from the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association and from the Political Institutions section of the Latin American Studies Association.

Dr. Mainwaring was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. In 2007, he was listed as one of the 400 most cited political scientists teaching in the United States. In 2005, he won the James C. Burns, CSC Graduate School Award, given annually to a Notre Dame faculty member for distinguished teaching of graduate students.

Dr. Mainwaring served as director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame for thirteen years between 1997 and 2012. He has B.A. and M.A. degrees from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Forum Publications

“Cross-Currents in Latin America,” coauthored with Anibal Perez-Linan, Journal of Democracy (Jan. 2015)

“Lessons from Latin America: Democratic Breakdown and Survival,” Journal of Democracy (Apr. 2013)