Kenneth Roberts is the Richard J. Schwartz Professor of government at Cornell University. He studies comparative and Latin America politics, with an emphasis on the political economy of development and the politics of inequality. His research explores the intersection of political parties, populism, and labor and social movements in Latin America. He is particularly known for his research on social protest against the free market economic reforms previously adopted in Latin America.
His research on Latin American populism, election volatility, party system change, and the social bases of political representation has been widely published. His published works include the books Changing Course in Latin America: Party Systems in the Neoliberal Era (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and The Resurgence of the Latin American Left (John Hopkins University Press, 2011); and journal articles “Democracy in the Developing World: Challenges of Survival and Significance” in Studies in Comparative International Development (2016) and “Market Reform, Programmatic (De-) Alignment, and Party System Stability in Latin America” in Comparative Political Studies (2013). He is also the author of "Parties, Populism, and Democratic Decay: A Comparative Perspective on Political Polarization in the United States," in the forthcoming book When Democracy Trumps Populism: European and Latin American Lessons for the United States (Cambridge University Press, co-edited by Raúl Madrid and Kurt Weyland).
A former Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow, Roberts has also served as a member of the Kellogg Advisory Board. He holds a PhD from Stanford University.
Life After Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide Conference
Democracy Versus a Populist President: Who Wins?
Nov 29, 2018
Two former visiting fellows spoke recently at the Kellogg Institute about whether Donald Trump’s populism poses a threat to democracy in the United States.
Dictators in a Democracy? Former Kellogg Scholars Publish Book On Authoritarian Successor Parties
Sep 10, 2018
A new book that got its start at a 2015 Kellogg Institute conference examines why some authoritarian leaders manage to return to power even after their nations transition to democracy.
Three New Titles by Kellogg Institute Former Visiting Fellows
Feb 15, 2018
Three former Kellogg Institute visiting fellows have recently published books on topics that include political and ideological polarization, the design of justice institutions in Latin America, and the demise of liberal democracies around the world.