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José Antonio Aguilar RiveraJosé Antonio Aguilar Rivera

José Antonio Aguilar Rivera (PhD, University of Chicago), professor and researcher in political science at the Centro de Investigacíon y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City, joins the Kellogg Institute for the 2012–13 academic year. He focuses his research on electoral processes and voter behavior, liberalism, multiculturalism, and republicanism.

Aguilar’s Kellogg project is “Great Expectations, Democracy and its Discontents,” a study of the transition to democracy in Mexico following the 2000 elections. Examining the effects of reforms attempted in the political arena, such as campaign regulation, restrictions on political expression, and quotas designed to ensure equity, he plans to show that unrealistic conceptions of democracy have blinded Mexicans to feasible reforms.

Aguilar is the author or coeditor of more than 13 books and has published dozens of book chapters and journal articles. A Fulbright scholar in 2002–03, he was a researcher for the Center for Democratic Development at Mexico’s Instituto Federal Electoral (IFE) in 2004–06. While in residence at the Kellogg Institute, he will teach an undergraduate political science class.




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