Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C.


Regular Faculty - Professor



Trustee, UND

Fellow, UND

Hackett Family Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives Chair

Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Advisory Board Fellow

Kellogg Institute for International Studies Fellow

Nanovic Institute for European Studies


Comparative Politics


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Department of Political Science, 1989

M.A., University of California, Berkeley
Department of Political Science, 1985

M. Div., University of Notre Dame,
Department of Theology, 1979

B.A., University of Notre Dame,
Department of Economics, 1976, summa cum laude

Research and Teaching Interests

Comparative Politics
Latin American Politics
Parties, Party Systems, and Political Institutions
Comparative Christian Democracy
Comparative Electoral Data Analysis
Democracy and Democratization
Values and Higher Education
Spirituality and Education

Advising Specialties

Latin America


Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C. is a professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, a Fellow and Trustee of the University of Notre Dame, a fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and currently serves as director of Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives, where he oversees the work of the Alliance for Catholic Education, the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, and other education-related programs. He is also a Trustee and a Fellow of the University of Notre Dame, and a member of the Foundation Board at Trinity College, Dublin.

Fr. Scully founded the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) in 1993, Notre Dame's signature program which provides hundreds of talented and committed Catholic school teachers and leaders every year to scores of underserved communities across the United States, as well as overseas. Since its beginnings, ACE has grown to include a wide array of resources and services to underserved faith-based schools throughout the United States, becoming the nation's premier provider of talent and energy to strengthen and sustain these schools.

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, 1992) and five coauthored volumes: Building Democratic Institutions: Party Systems in Latin America (Stanford, 1995); Christian Democracy in Latin America: Electoral Competition and Regime Conflicts (Stanford, 2003); El Eslabon Perdido: Familia, Bienestar, y Modernizacion en Chile (Taurus, 2006), Creencias e Ilusiones: la Cohesion Social de Los Latinoamericanos (Santiago, Uqbar Editores, 2008) and, most recently Democratic Governance in Latin America (Stanford, 2010).

Among his professional affiliations, Fr. Scully is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Inter-American Dialogue, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars Advisory Board, the Pacific Council for International Relations, the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and is a member of the school board for the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. At Notre Dame he is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Institute for Latino Studies, the Law School's Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Alliance for Catholic Education, which he Chairs.

Fr. Scully has received many teaching and education related awards. He was awarded the 2007 Crystal Apple Award, a Tribute to Outstanding Educators, from The College of Education at Michigan State University. In 2008 he was awarded the Champion of Catholic Education Medal by the Fulcrum Foundation, the Bishop Dunne 100 Voyager Award, the Diocese of Worcester's most prestigious education recognition, the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award; in addition Fr. Scully was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by the President of the United States during a ceremony in the Oval Office in December of 2008. Most recently he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools in February, 2010.

Ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1981, he served his first years of priesthood in Santiago, Chile. He earned master's and doctoral degrees in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, after graduating summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 1976 and receiving his master of divinity degree in 1979.

Office Hours

Mondays 3:00pm-5:00pm & Wednesdays 10:00am-11:00am

Contact Information

Office: Institute for Educational Initiatives/Carole Sandner Hall
Phone: 574-631-9002
Fax: 574-631-2833

Mailing Address

Institute for Educational Initiatives
Notre Dame, IN Notre Dame, IN 46556