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About Nathan J Kelly

Nathan J. Kelly, an assistant professor of political science, joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee in 2005. He received his M.A. (2001) and Ph.D. (2004) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his undergraduate degree at Wheaton College (IL) with highest honors. His primary research program examines how macro political dynamics influence, and are influenced by, income inequality in the United States. A book manuscript from this research agenda, The Politics of Income Inequality in the United States, was published by Cambridge University Press (2009). Within this research agenda, he continues to conduct research on how income inequality influences public opinion and the democratic system more broadly. Building on this research agenda, he is currently developing a new project that examines income inequality in America's cities. In addition, he is developing a book manuscript examining policy production throughout the history of the United States. He also has research interests in religion and politics, time series methods.


Present Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Junior Faculty Excellence Award, University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences, 2010-2015
  • Professor of the Year, University of Tennessee Department of Political Science Grad- uate Student Association, 2008-2009
  • QUEST Scholar of the Week, highlighting the work of a faculty member at the Uni- versity of Tennessee who is doing outstanding work regardless of the field, May 8, 2009
  • Finalist for the E.E. Schattschneider Award, given by the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in American politics, 2004
  • James Prothro Award, for “outstanding research by a graduate student in political sci- ence,” University of North Carolina, 2003
  • Raymond Dawson Graduate Fellowship, University of North Carolina, 1999-2004

Contact Information

Department of Political Science
University of Tennessee
1001 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0410

Phone: 865-974-7186
Fax: 865-974-7037
Office Location: 810 McClung Tower


Articles (8)

Books (1)