About

Kevin Angell’s current research focuses on two main topics, American legislative politics and religion and politics.  Angell’s senior thesis, written jointly across the Department of Political Science and the Department of Economics, examines the economic and structural determinants of policy innovativeness in US state legislatures using a novel panel dataset. The thesis is advised by Professor Jeffrey Harden (political science and applied and computational mathematics and statistics) and Professor Ethan Lieber (economics). Inside of religion and politics, Angell is currently finishing preparing a coauthored journal article entitled “Missionaries, Mechanisms, and Democracy” for publication. Written with Professor Harden, the paper, currently a users’ working paper with the Varieties of Democracy Institute, uses a causal inference approach to empirically examine the relationship between Protestant missionaries and democracy in the non-Western world. Angell also assists Professor Andrew Gould with his research on the intellectual history and evolution of religion and comparative politics.

Angell has presented his work at several conferences including the Northeastern Political Science Annual Conference and the de Nicola Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture Fall Conference. In support of his research, Angell has received funding from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (the Da Vinci Summer Research Grant) the Glynn Family Honors Program, and the Kellogg Institute, where he has received a conference travel grant. Angell is also a Sorin Fellow with the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture and a member of the College of Arts and Letters Honesty Committee.

Thesis Title: Professional Innovation? An Analysis of the Determinants of State Policy Innovation

Thesis Advisers: Jeffrey Harden and Ethan Lieber

Adviser
Major
Economics
Political Science
Theology
Minor
Computing and Digital Technologies
Financial Economics and Econometrics
Glynn Family Honors Program
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.

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