Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Government at Colby College. My research and teaching interests include citizen participation in the policymaking process, social-citizenship rights, social policy, urban governance, and institutional change, with a regional focus on Latin America. My book, Building Participatory Institutions in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2019) examines the divergent trajectories of nationally mandated participatory institutions in Brazil and Colombia. I recently began work on my three new research projects. The first project examines the construction of rights-based systems to prevent and stop the sexual exploitation of children in Latin America. The second explores the relationship between urban security interventions and the rights of marginalized groups, particularly street-affiliated youth and homeless citizens, in Bogotá and São Paulo. The third project assesses the origins, strategies, and impacts of the grassroots right in Latin America.
You can reach me at LRMayka [AT] colby.edu. You can find me on twitter @LindsayMayka