Scott joined the Political Science faculty of the University of Pittsburgh as an Associate Professor in 2005, and directed Pitt's Center for Latin American Studies 2014-2018. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, he taught at Duke, CIDE (Mexico) and the University of Salamanca (Spain). He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego, in 1996, and his BA at Occidental College. Prior to entering graduate school he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa. His research focuses on political parties, electoral systems, and legislatures, with a regional specialization in Latin America. Among his publications are Are Politics Local? The Two Dimensions of Party Nationalization around the World (2017 Cambridge University Press), Patterns of Legislative Politics: Roll Call Voting in the United States and Latin America's Southern Cone (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Legislative Politics in Latin America, (coeditor and contributor; Cambridge University Press, 2002), Pathways to Power (coeditor and contributor, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008), and Paths for Cuba (co-editor and contributor, University of Pittsburgh Press 2018). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies; Comparative Politics, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, Review of International Political Economy, Journal of Politics in Latin America , and other journals. He was also the primary investigator on a grant from the USAID to produce documents related to their political party development programs. His current work focuses on a collaboration with the University of Salamanca and their survey of legislators (Parliamentary Elites of Latin America), including work on views in Latin America towards the United States and China. He is also working on a book about US-Latin American relations.
Are Politics Local?
The Two Dimensions of Party Nationalization around the World
Reforming Communism: Cuba in Comparative Perspective: (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Articles and Chapters
“Battling for the Hearts and Minds of Latin Americans: Covariance of Attitudes towards the United States and China.” forthcoming: Latin American Research Review. with Asbel Bohigues.
“Revisiting Shugart and Carey's Relation of Executive Powers and Democratic Breakdown,” forthcoming. With Maxwell Peterson and Amaury Perez. Political Studies Review.
Reprinted as “Nacionalización De Partidos E Instituciones,” 2011 in Manuel Alcántara Mercedes García Montero (edit.): Algo más que presidentes. El papel del Poder Legislativo en América Latina. Zaragora: Fundación Manuel Giménez Abad de Estudios Parlamentarios y del Estado Autonómico.
“Ideological Cohesion of Political Parties in Latin America” with Kirk Hawkins in Latin American Party Systems, Cambridge University Press 2009
Reprinted as: “La oposición parlamentaria en regímenes presidenciales: El caso latinoamericano.” In ¿Qué pasa con la representación en América Latina?, ed. L. Béjar Algazi. Mexico: Congreso de México-UNAM-Porrúa, 13-50.
Electoral Laws, Parties, and Party Systems In Latin America,” 2007. Annual Review of Political Science. with Javier Vazquez D'Elia. 10:143-68.
“Limits on Exporting the U.S. Congress Model to Latin America” 2006. in Exporting Congress, eds. Timothy Power and Nicol Rae. University of Pittsburgh Press.
“Legislative Oversight: Interests and Institutions in the United States and Argentina,” with Luigi Manzetti, in Mainwaring and O’Donnell, Institutions, Accountability, and Democratic Governance in Latin America. 2003. Oxford University Press.
*Runner-up for best paper in Comparative Politics, 2001/2 by the Comparative Politics Section of APSA
Reprinted as: "Legislaturas Reactivas y Presidentes Proactivos en America Latina" Desarrollo Económico: 41,163:373-394. Oct-Dic, 2001.
Reprinted as “Grupos Organizados y Partidos Desorganizados: Incentivos Electorales en Uruguay” América Latina Hoy (2002).