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
  • Citizen participation in the policymaking process
  • Civil society organizations and social movements
  • Social policy
  • Urban politics in the Global South

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
GO253 AIntroduction to Latin American Politics
GO264 ADemocracy and Human Rights in Latin America

Professional Information

Lindsay Mayka is an Associate 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 also been recognized through awards from the LASA Defense, Security, and Democracy section and the Subnational Politics and Society section. Her work has appeared in Comparative Politics, Journal of Democracy, Journal of Development Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, and PS: Political Science and Politics. 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, where she was a first-generation-to-college student.

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