Kathleen Bruhn

Department of Political Science


Comparative Politics, Identity, Latin American Studies



Professor Bruhn’s research interests include democratization, political parties, and social mobilization. She is currently working on a major research project analyzing the impact of political party institutionalization on levels of protest and protest policing in four Latin American countries governed by the Left (Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Venezuela).  Her most recent book, Urban Protest in Mexico and Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2008), discusses the implications of Left party victories for protest strategies. She is also the author of Taking on Goliath (1997), about party system change and the foundation of the main political party of the Left in Mexico. She has published extensively on Mexican elections, campaigns, the effects of party primaries, and the Mexican Left.


“Money for Nothing?: Public Financing and Party Building in Latin America.” In Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America. Edited by Steven Levitsky et. al. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

“Competition, Decentralization, and Candidate Selection in Mexico.” with Steven Wuhs. American Behavioral Scientist. Vol. 60, No. 7 (2016): 819-836.

“Electing Extremists? Party Primaries and Legislative Candidates in Mexico.” Comparative Politics. 45 (July 2013): 398-417.

Urban Protest in Mexico and Brazil.  (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008