Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Focus on Richard E Greenleaf Visiting Scholars for Spring 2016: Kenneth Roberts

February 22nd, 2016

Kenneth M. Roberts is Professor of Government at Cornell University. His teaching and research interests are focused on Latin American political economy and the politics of inequality, particularly the intersection between political parties, populism, and labor and social movements. He obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University and taught at the University of New Mexico before joining the faculty at Cornell. His most recent work, Changing Course in Latin America: Party Systems in the Neoliberal Era (Cambridge University Press, 2014), studies the transformation of party systems and political representation during the critical juncture of market liberalization in the 1980s and 1990s. He is also the author of Deepening Democracy? The Modern Left and Social Movements in Chile and Peru (Stanford University Press, 1998), and the co-editor of The Resurgence of the Latin American Left (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) and The Diffusion of Social Movements (Cambridge University Press, 2010), among other works.

At Tulane this spring, he is doing new research on social protest and the crisis of political representation in Chile, and working on several papers related to this topic. He is also writing an article on the politics of economic crises in Latin America and Southern Europe from a cross-regional comparative perspective. He is working with other Tulane faculty members, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research to organize a symposium on “Political Change in Latin America: Challenges to the Left Turn.”

Tulane and the Stone Center community welcome Prof. Roberts to Tulane.

Chile + People
Mary Clark
Associate Professor - Political Science