Abroad: Dublin, Ireland - Spring 2019

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
Financial Economics and Econometrics
Current Research

Research Interests
Comparative politics, religion and politics, American politics, state and local politics, election finance, applied microeconomics.

Current Research
My current research focuses are on the impact of religion on politics across the world, with a particular focus on countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. I also am studying the changing nature of campaign finance and electoral processes in the United States. Finally, I also am working to examine the intersection of politics and technology such as how new policies are applied to the world's rapidly changing use of technology.