Department of Political Science
Joseph L. Klesner
Professor of Political Science;
Bailey House 200 (740)427-5311, FAX: (740)427-5306
B.A., Central College;
M.S., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Professor Klesner currently serves as Provost. For thirty years he has offered courses in comparative politics, international relations, and Latin American politics. He also teaches interdisciplinary courses for the International Studies Program, of which he was director for many of his years at Kenyon. Professor Klesner has published articles on Mexican electoral politics and political parties in Mexico and on political participation and public opinion in Latin America. In 2005-6 he was Fulbright Scholar at the School of Politics and International Relation, University College Dublin. At Kenyon he has served as Associate Provost, Political Science department chair, Fulbright Program Advisor, Faculty Lectureships Committee chair, and Chair of the Faculty in the past. He participated as a co-principal investigator on the Mexico 2006 Panel Study. His recent scholarly work has focused on participation in Latin America. His textbook, Comparative Politics: An Introduction, recently appeared (2014) from McGraw-Hill.
The 2006 Mexican Election Symposium website
Mexico 2006 Panel Study website.
“Corruption and Trust: Theoretical Considerations and Evidence from Mexico.” Comparative Political Studies, 43, 10 (October 2010), pp. 1258-85 (with Stephen D. Morris).
“Who Participates Politically in Latin America: Institutions, Resources, and Inequality.” Paper prepared for the 68th Annual Midwest Political Science Association National Meeting, Chicago, April 22-25, 2010.
“The 2009 Mexican Midterm Congressional Elections.” Electoral Studies, 29, 3 (September 2010), pp. 521–540.
“El año electoral decisivo de América Latina,” Foreign Affairs en Español, 6, 2 (Abril-Junio 2006). See English language version, “Latin America’s Pivotal Electoral Year.”
Mexico’s Democracy,” in The
Changing Structure of
"Social Capital and Political Participation in Latin America: Evidence from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru." Latin American Research Review, 42, 2 (2007).
On Mexican Elections:
“Electoral Competition and the New Party System in Mexico,” Latin American Politics and Society, 47, 2 (Summer 2005), pp. 103-142.
The 2006 Mexican Elections: Manifestation of a Divided Society? PS: Political Science and Politics, 40, 1 (January 2007).
Introduction. PS: Political Science and Politics, 40, 1 (January 2007).
Not-So-New Electoral Landscape in Mexico.” Presentation given to the conference on “
“Adiós to the PRI: Changing Voter Turnout in Mexico’s Political Transition.” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, 17, 1 (Winter 2001), pp. 17-39 (with Chappell Lawson).
"Presidential and Congressional Elections in Mexico, July 2000." Electoral Studies, 21, 1 (March 2002), pp. 140-147.
"The End of Mexico's One-Party Regime," PS: Political Science and Politics, 34, 1 (March 2001), pp. 107-114.
"The 2000 Mexican Presidential and Congressional Elections: Pre-Election Report," Center for Strategic and International Studies, Western Hemisphere Election Study Series, Volume XVIII, Study 1 (Washington, D.C.: CSIS, June 2000).
Transition? The 1997 Mexican Elections." PS: Political Science and
Politics, 30, 4 (December 1997), pp. 703-711.
"The Mexican Midterm Congressional and Gubernatorial Elections of 1997: End of the Hegemonic Party System." Electoral Studies, 16, 4 (December 1997), pp. 567-575
“The 1994 Mexican Elections: Manifestation of a Divided Society?” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, 11, 1 (Winter 1995), pp. 137-149.
Other papers and publications:
Attitudes, Social Capital, and Political Participation: The United States and
Mexico Compared." Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos,
19, 1 (Winter 2003), pp. 29-63.
"An Electoral Route to Democracy? Mexico's Transition in Comparative Perspective." Comparative Politics, 30, 4 (July 1998), pp. 477-497.
“The Enigma of Electoral Participation in Mexico: Electoral Reform, the Rise of Opposition Contestation, and Voter Turnout, 1967-1994.” Paper presented at the 1997 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association,
"Electoral Reform in
Mexico's Hegemonic Party System: Perpetuation of Privilege or Democratic
Advance?" Paper presented at the 1997 Annual Meeting of the American
Political Science Association,
"The 1998 Mexican State Elections: Post-Election Report," (Acrobat PDF file) Center for Strategic and International Studies, Western Hemisphere Election Study Series, Volume XVII, Study 1 (Washington, D.C.: CSIS, January 1999).
“Modernization, Economic Crisis, and Electoral Alignment in Mexico,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, 9, 2 (Summer 1993), pp. 187-224.
Last edited: 12 January 2016.