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Kevin A. Estep, PhD

Assistant Professor

Kevin Estep

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

Kevin A. Estep, PhD

Assistant 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, 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."
 

Teaching Interests

  • Public Health

Research Focus

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

Department

Cultural and Social Studies

Position

Assistant Professor

Books

  • The Politics of Losing: Trump, the Klan, and the Mainstreaming of Resentment 2019

Articles

  • American Sociological Review
    'Opting Out: Individualism and Vaccine Refusal in Pockets of Socioeconomic Homogeneity'
    85, p. 957-91 2020
  • Vaccine
    “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

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