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Francisco José Paoli Bolio

Professor of Sociology, Law, and Political Science, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Residency: April 2019 - June 2019

Research Project: Historical Analysis of U.S.-Mexico Relations

Research Interests: The social, political, and cultural status of Mexico, the history of Yucatan, political reforms, and human rights


Francisco José Paoli Bolio is a professor of sociology, law and political science and a researcher at the Institute of Juridicial Investigations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Educated at the Ibero-American University (Ph.D.), he previously held delegating positions at the Autonomous Metropolitan University, the Ibero-American University and the Mexican Chamber of Deputies. Paoli Bolio received the National Prize of Journalism as an analyst on “Primer Plano,” which he has participated in for 20 years, Romania’s National Order of Merit, and the Grand Cross from the Guatemalan Congress. Over the last 30 years, he has published articles in “Ultimas Noticias de Excelsior,” “Proceso,” “Siglo XXI Guadalajara,” and “El Universal,” and books such as Ciencia, Tecnologia, Sociedad, y Valores (Science, Technology, Society, and Values) and Partidos y Sistemas de Partidos: experiencias comparadas (Parties and Party Systems: Comparative Experiences), La Guerra de Castas en Yucatán (The Caste War in Yucatan), and Constitucionalismo en el siglo XXI (Constitutionalism in the 21 st Century).

His research examines citizen political involvement, political rights, political fragmentation, and political accessibility in Mexico. In discussing these topics, Paoli Bolio has focused on the 2018 presidential election in Mexico, particularly the votes cast by each political party and the presidential triumph of Andrés Manuel López. Paoli Bolio has also researched political and economic changes in Mexico from 1917 to 2017, starting with the Mexican Constitution of 1917. The constitution provided insight into the political status of Mexico during the early nineteenth century and as a form of comparison in relation to the current Mexican political climate.