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Kevin Esterling

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of California, Riverside
Director of the Laboratory for Technology, Communication and Democracy

Kevin Esterling is a professor of public policy and political science and the director of the Laboratory for Technology, Communication and Democracy (TeCD-Lab) at the University of California, Riverside.  He is the past interim dean of the UCR Graduate Division.  His research focuses on technology for communication in democratic politics, and he has interests in Bayesian statistics, machine learning, natural language processing, experimental design, and science ethics and validity. He is the author of The Political Economy of Expertise: Information and Efficiency in American National Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2004) and co-author of Politics with the People: Building a Directly Representative Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2018). He has published in a number of journals, including the American Political Science ReviewScience, the Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesPolitical Analysis, and the Journal of Politics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, The Democracy Fund, and 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.

Expertise & Interests

  • Technology for communication in democratic politics
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Machine learning
  • Natural language processing
  • Experimental design
  • Science ethics and validity