Kevin Angell’s current research is on the intellectual history of religion and comparative politics, the impact of missionaries on democracy, and the impact of public transparency laws in the U.S. Angell assists Professor Andrew Gould’s research on the history of religion and comparative politics at both the research and writing stage of Professor Gould’s book. Additionally, Angell is currently finishing work on a coauthored journal article entitled “Missionaries, Mechanisms, and Democracy” with Professor Jeff Harden which conducts causal mediation analysis to examine the relationship between missionaries and democracy in the non-Western world. Angell will present “Missionaries, Mechanisms, and Democracy” at several conferences during 2018 including the Northeastern Political Science Annual Conference and the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Fall Conference. 

In addition to receiving support from the Kellogg Institute, Angell has received research support from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, where he received the Da Vinci Summer Research Grant, and the Glynn Family Honors Program. He is also a Sorin Fellow with the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and a Tocqueville Fellow with the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry Into Religion and Public Life. 

Political Science
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Current Research

Research Interests
Comparative Politics, Religion and Politics, American Politics, State and Local Politics, Election Finance, Applied Microeconomics

Current Research
My current research with Professor Kirk Doran focuses on studying the impact of higher education institutions on innovation in the US. We are examining potential differences in the impact of scientific and classical education as well as institutional characteristics that contribute to the institutions innovative impact.


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