BC Expert Authors New Book on Latin American Elections

Kevin Pallister

Dr. Kevin M. Pallister, Associate Professor of Political Science at Bridgewater College, authored a new book, Elections in Latin America: Campaigns, Voters, and Institutions, published this month by Rowman & Littlefield. Pallister is available to speak to the media on this and other topics related to Latin American politics.

Written for a non-specialist reader, the book examines elections in 18 Latin American countries through case studies of significant modern elections and thematic chapters on electoral integrity, electoral systems, political parties, candidates, campaign financing and voter participation across the region. Included are also topics with relevance beyond Latin America such as vote buying, electoral violence, gender quotas, and fake news.

“There are lots of scholarly works on Latin American elections, but this is the first that synthesizes the topic for undergraduate students,” says Pallister, noting that the book may be of interest to both scholars of political science and those wishing to better understand current events.

Pallister is an expert in election administration, political campaigns and voter behavior in Latin America. His current research investigates how political campaigns in Latin America deliver their messages on social media vs. traditional media. He maintains an active presence discussing such topics on X/Twitter: @LatAmerElection.

Pallister earned a Ph.D. in political science from University of Massachusetts Amherst and teaches in courses in American, Latin American and comparative politics at Bridgewater College, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2016.

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