Scott Mainwaring



Regular Faculty - Professor


Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science


Comparative Politics


BA and MA, Yale

PhD, Stanford

Research and Teaching Interests

Democratic and authoritarian regimes; transitions to democracy and democratic breakdowns; parties and party systems.


Scott Mainwaring is the Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science. His research interests include democratic institutions and democratization; political parties and party systems; and the Catholic Church in Latin America. His book with Anibal Perez-Linan,  Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall, is scheduled for publication in December 2013 (Cambridge University Press).

He 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, and in 2013, he won Notre Dame's Research Reward, given annually for distinction in research.

Office Hours

Monday 2:15pm-3:15pm and Thursday 10:00-11:00am

Contact Information

Office: 204 Hesburgh Center
Phone: 574-631-8530
Fax: 574-631-6717

Mailing Address

Kellogg Institute for International Studies
204 Hesburgh Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556