Kevin Angell

I am a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the University of Chicago’s Program in Political Economy where I am affiliated with the Chicago Center on Democracy. My interests are primarily focused around US legislative and executive politics. From 2024-2027, I am a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) fellow. I have previously received research funding from the Malyi Center for the Study of Institutional and Legal Integrity (Chicago Law), the University of Chicago Forum for Free Inquiry and Expression, the Center for Effective Government (Chicago Harris), and the University of Chicago’s Social Science Division. I have also received travel funding from the American Political Science Association and the APSA Political Organizations and Parties Section. I was previously a part of the University of Chicago Social Science Division’s First Year Scholars Program.

I am passionate about increasing access to political science and the social sciences. As a part of that, I volunteer as a mentor for graduate school applicants and am part of the UChicago’s Digital Accessibility Advocates program. Digital accessibility issues, while often overlooked, frequently compound obstacles and difficulties faced by underrepresented groups and are particularly important to address. 

Prior to coming to the University of Chicago, I worked as a healthcare data scientist and a non-profit leader.  I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame, where I received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics, summa cum laude. At Notre Dame, I studied under Jeff Harden and worked at the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities with William Evans and Ethan Lieber. I also was part of the Kellogg International Scholars Program.

You can reach me at Please reach out with any questions, feedback, or thoughts on potential collaborations. I am always happy to talk about research, research opportunities, my program or political science in general!

Undergrads and industry folks, this includes you! If you are a prospective applicant to the Political Economy or Political Science programs here at UChicago, I’m happy to chat to share my experience. I can also discuss the differences between Political Economy, Political Science, and Economics if you are working to see where your interests fall. Please reach out via email to set up a Zoom or in-person (if in Chicago) meeting. To facilitate setting up a time, it is helpful if you please provide some times during the next week that you are free in your initial email. 

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