Brandon Van Dyck is an assistant professor of Government and Law at Lafayette College. He specializes in the study of political parties and political regimes, with a regional focus on Latin America. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Comparative Politics, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Politics and Society, and Journal of Latin American Studies. Outside academia, he has written pieces for the Mexico-based Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica and the Brazil-based Exame. He is co-editor of the volume, Challenges of Party Building in Latin America (Cambridge University Press). His book manuscript (currently under review) draws on evidence from the Latin American left to argue that democracy impedes successful party-building.