Kate Bruhn is Professor of Political Science at U.C. Santa Barbara and Associate Academic Director of the U.C. Washington Center for the 2011-12 academic year. She teaches a course on International Politics and International Policy at UCDC. Professor Bruhn's research interests include democratization, political parties and social mobilization. She is currently studying the impact of party primaries on party organizations and electoral outcomes. Her most recent book, Urban Protest in Mexico and Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2008), discusses the causes of protest and the implications of Left party victories for protest. She is also the author of Taking on Goliath (1997), about the formation of the political Left and party system change in Mexico, and with Dan Levy, has published two editions of Mexico: The Struggle for Democratic Development (UC Press).