Nathan Kelly

Associate Professor of Political Science

Phone: 865-974-7186

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Nathan Kelly is an associate professor of political science whose research looks at the political and policy roots of the growing income gap in the United States. His research helps explain how the choices we make at the ballot box can increase or decrease the income gap between the rich and the poor. Kelly's primary research agenda examines how different parts of the US governing system (from Congress to public opinion to public policy) influence one another and respond to stimuli over time. He also is interested in political behavior and public opinion at the individual level.

Topics of expertise: US national politics, political economy, individual political behavior and public opinion, and the effect of politics on income inequality