Scott Mainwaring is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies and the Faculty Co-chair of the Harvard Brazil Studies Program. He joined the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School in 2016 after teaching at the University of Notre Dame for 33 years. At Notre Dame, he won university wide prizes for research and for graduate student teaching, as well as a prize for mentoring undergraduate research. He served as director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies for 13 years and as Chair and Director of Graduate Studies of the Political Science Department.
His research interests include democratic institutions and democratization; authoritarian and democratic regimes; political parties and party systems; and the Catholic Church in Latin America. His book with Aníbal Pérez-Liñán on The Rise and Fall of Democracies and Dictatorships: Latin America since 1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2013) won prizes for the best book awarded by the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association and the Political Institutions section of the Latin American Studies Association. His edited book, Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.
He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.