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About Joseph Klesner

Joseph L. Klesner joined the Kenyon faculty in 1985, becoming provost in July 2013 after serving three years as associate provost. He has frequently chaired the political science department as well as the international studies program.
Klesner has offered courses in comparative politics, international relations, and Latin American politics, as well as interdisciplinary courses in international studies. He has published many articles on Mexican politics and been cited as an expert in Mexican electoral politics by The New York Times and by The Economist. Klesner has also written on public opinion and political behavior in Latin America and on the pedagogy of comparative politics. His textbook, Comparative Politics: An Introduction, appeared in 2014.
He has served the College as chair of the Curricular Policy Committee, as chair of the Faculty, twice as coordinator of the Presidential Search Committee, and as chair of the Faculty Lectureships Committee. He has received research grants from a wide variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Political Science Association. Klesner spent 2005-6 as a Fulbright Scholar at University College Dublin.


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P: (740) 427-5114
Bailey House, 200


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