Kenneth M. Roberts teaches comparative and Latin America politics, with an emphasis on the political economy of development and the politics of inequality. His research explores the intersection between political parties, populism, and labor and social movements in the Andean region and the Southern Cone of Latin America. He obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1992, then 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), The Diffusion of Social Movements (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and Beyond Neoliberalism in Latin America: Societies and Politics at the Crossroads (Palgrave Macmillan 2009). His research has been published in a number of scholarly journals, including American Political Science Review, World Politics, Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Politics and Society, and Latin American Politics and Society. He has conducted research in Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and Argentina, with funding support from Fulbright, MacArther, Mellon, and National Science Foundation grants. Professor Roberts served as a co-team leader of the Institute for the Social Sciences theme project on “Contentious Knowledge: Science, Social Science, and Social Movements,” and he has served as the Robert S. Harrison Director of the Institute for the Social Sciences and the Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell.
- Courses Taught
- Govt 400 Democracy in Latin America
- 520 Proseminar in Comparative Politics
- Selected Publications
- Populism, Political Conflict, and Grass-Roots Organization in Latin America: A Comparison of Fujimori and Chavez
- Contentious Politics gateway