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Kevin A. Estep, PhD

Associate Professor


College of Arts and Sciences
Medical Humanities
Cultural & Social Studies
Public Health - Minor
Health Administration and Policy
CRHL - Creighton Hall/Administration Building - 425A

Kevin A. Estep, PhD

Associate Professor

Kevin Estep is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Studies, with primary responsibilities in the Health Administration and Policy (HAP) undergraduate program. He also holds a secondary appointment in Medical Humanities for the School of Medicine. He teaches undergraduate classes on public health, health policy, and healthcare administration.

Kevin joined the Creighton faculty in 2017 after completing his Ph.D in sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to that, he worked in Student Affairs for six years at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, where he developed a passion for mentoring and teaching undergraduate students.

His primary research interest is vaccine hesitancy. His recent projects tackle questions such as: Why do vaccine hesitant parents tend to be concentrated in particular communities? And, have positions on childhood vaccine policy become connected to political party? If so, when and how did this shift occur? 

His articles have been published in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Vaccine, American Journal of Public Health, and Sociological Perspectives. He is also co-author (with Rory McVeigh, University of Notre Dame) of the book, "The Politics of Losing: Trump, the Klan, and the Mainstreaming of Resentment."

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Interests

  • Public Health

Research Focus

Vaccination policy, vaccine hesitancy; Political polarization; Consequences of residential sorting 


Cultural and Social Studies


Associate Professor


  • Rory McVeigh and Kevin Estep, The Politics of Losing: Trump, the Klan, and the Mainstreaming of Resentment 2019


  • American Journal of Public Health
    Kevin Estep, Annika Muse, Shannon Sweeney, Neal De. Goldstein
    112, p. 1471-1479 2022
  • American Sociological Review
    Kevin Estep, 'Opting Out: Individualism and Vaccine Refusal in Pockets of Socioeconomic Homogeneity'
    85, p. 957-91 2020
  • Vaccine
    Kevin Estep, “Neighborhood Political Composition and Personal Belief Exemptions from Immunization Requirements in California Kindergartens, 2000–2015'
    36, p. 4298-4303 2018
  • Sociological Perspectives
    Kevin Estep, “Constructing a Language Problem: Status-based Power Devaluation and the Threat of Immigrant Inclusion”
    60, p. 437-58 2017
  • American Journal of Sociology
    Rory McVeigh, Bryant Crugaugh, and Kevin Estep, 'Plausibility Structures, Status Threats, and the Establishment of Anti-abortion Pregnancy Care Centers'
    122, p. 1533-71 2017

Editing and Reviews

  • Mobilzation
    Kevin Estep, Review of To Care for Creation: The Emergence of the Religious Environmental Movement by Stephen Ellingson
    22 2017