Scott Mainwaring is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor for Brazil Studies at Harvard Kennedy School. His research interests include political parties and party systems, democratic and authoritarian regimes, democratization, and political institutions in Latin American. His book Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (with 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. His edited book, Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse was published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press. His book coedited with James Loxton, Life After Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide was also published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.
Mainwaring was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.