Assistant Professor of Government Lindsay Mayka, an expert on Latin American politics, has been named a 2020 Clarence Stone Scholar by the Urban and Local Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, a leading professional organization for the study of political science.

THE APSA committee selected Mayka based on her significant contributions in the area of local politics in Latin America and her attention to methodology in comparative urban politics, according to a citation from the APSA. The committee was also impressed with Mayka’s leadership in the field as well as with her applied work as a consultant in the field of Latin American urban policy.

“It is an incredible honor to receive this award recognizing my research on citizen participation, urban planning, and human rights in Latin American cities,” Mayka said. “I’m thankful for my Colby colleagues who have supported me, and for my remarkable Colby student research assistants who have provided invaluable help on these projects.” 

Mayka’s first book, Building Participatory Institutions in Latin America: Reform Coalitions and Institutional Change (Cambridge University Press, 2019), “examines the idea and implementation of participatory institutions, asking the question about when they actually work, and when they do not work, and why this is the case, especially in Latin America,” New Books Network reported.

Additionally, Mayka has won two awards from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) this year: the Best Paper Award from the Subnational Politics and Society section of LASA, and the Best Paper by a Junior Section member by the Defense, Security, and Democracy Section.  

The Clarence Stone award recognizes up to two young scholars who are impacting the study of urban politics with their scholarship and leadership. Mayka began teaching at Colby in 2013. Previously, she was a Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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