Kevin A. Estep, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences
Cultural & Social Studies
Public Health - Minor
Health Administration and Policy
CRHL - Creighton Hall/Administration Building
Kevin A. Estep, PhD
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, 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."
- Public Health
Research FocusVaccination policy, vaccine hesitancy; Political polarization; Consequences of residential sorting
Cultural and Social Studies
- The Politics of Losing: Trump, the Klan, and the Mainstreaming of Resentment 2019
- American Sociological Review
'Opting Out: Individualism and Vaccine Refusal in Pockets of Socioeconomic Homogeneity'
85, p. 957-91 2020
“Neighborhood Political Composition and Personal Belief Exemptions from Immunization Requirements in California Kindergartens, 2000–2015'
36, p. 4298-4303 2018
- Sociological Perspectives
“Constructing a Language Problem: Status-based Power Devaluation and the Threat of Immigrant Inclusion”
60, p. 437-58 2017
- American Journal of Sociology
'Plausibility Structures, Status Threats, and the Establishment of Anti-abortion Pregnancy Care Centers'
122, p. 1533-71 2017
Editing and Reviews
Review of To Care for Creation: The Emergence of the Religious Environmental Movement by Stephen Ellingson