United States Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
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Timothy Scully is a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame and director of the university’s Institute for Educational Initiatives. He has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 2002.
Scully’s 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 Eslabón Perdido: Familia, Bienestar, y Modernización en Chile (Taurus, 2006), and Creencias e Ilusiones: la Cohesión Social de Los Latinoamericanos (Santiago, Uqbar Editores, 2008).
Among his professional affiliations, Scully is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, 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 the school board for the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools.
At Notre Dame, Scully 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, and the Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights. He is also a trustee of the university.
Ordained a Holy Cross priest in 1981, Scully served his first years of priesthood in Santiago, Chile. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, after graduating summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 1976 and receiving his master of divinity degree in 1979.
Scully’s academic appointments have included executive vice president of Notre Dame, as well as vice president and senior associate provost.