Lindsay R. Mayka

Associate Professor of Government

Office: Diamond 253 [ campus map ]
Phone: 207-859-5314
Fax: 207-859-5229


B.A., Carleton College
M.P.P., University of California-Berkeley
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley

Areas of Expertise

  • Latin American politics
  • Interest representation in the policymaking process
  • Civil society organizations and social movements
  • Social policy
  • Urban politics in the Global South

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
GO227 ASocial Movements
GO253 AIntroduction to Latin American Politics
GO456 ASeminar: Civil Society and Social Change in Latin America

Professional Information

Lindsay Mayka is an Assistant Professor of Government at Colby College. Her areas of research include social-citizenship rights for marginalized populations, citizen engagement in the policymaking process, and the politics of institutional weakness, with a regional focus on Latin America. Mayka’s first book, Building Participatory Institutions in Latin America: Reform Coalitions and Institutional Change, was published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press. The doctoral dissertation on which her book is based received the Latin American Studies Association/Oxfam Martin Diskin Dissertation Award. In 2020, Mayka received the Clarence Stone Scholar Award from the APSA Urban and Local Politics Section, which recognizes scholars who are pre-tenure or recently advanced who are making significant contributions to the study of urban politics. Her research has appeared in Comparative Politics, Journal of Democracy, Journal of Development Studies, and Latin American Politics and Society. Mayka has served as a Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, an M.P.P. in public policy from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College.

Personal Website


The directory information is for individual use only, it may not be retransmitted or published for any reason. It is not to be used for mass solicitations by email, mail, phone, or other means. Sale or other distribution of this document is prohibited by College policy.