Kevin Esterling


Prof. Esterling’s research focuses on deliberative democracy in American national politics. His current work identifies the conditions that lead citizens to engage constructively in public discourse. He has published in a number of journals, including The Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, The American Political Science Review, Political Analysis, The Journal of Politics, Rationality and Society, Political Communication, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. He is the author of The Political Economy of Expertise: Information and Efficiency in American National Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2004). His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and by the MacArthur Foundation. Esterling was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley and a postdoctoral research fellow at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1999.

Relevant citations: 

Minozzi, William, Michael A. Neblo, Kevin M. Esterling and David M.J. Lazer. Forthcoming 2015. “Field Experiment Evidence of Substantive, Attributional, and Behavioral Persuasion by Members of Congress in Online Town Halls” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(13): 3937-3942 (March 31, 2015).

Neblo, Michael A., Kevin M. Esterling, David M.J. Lazer, Ryan Kennedy, and Anand Sokhey. “Who Wants to Deliberate, and Why?”American Political Science Review, 104: 566-583, 2010.

Esterling, Kevin M., Archon Fung and Taeku Lee. Forthcoming 2015. “How Much Disagreement is Good for Democratic Deliberation?” Political Communication 32(4):529-551.