University of California, Riverside

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Kevin Esterling

Kevin Esterling

Professor, Public Policy and Political Science

Public Policy and Political Science
4165 Interdisciplinary South
(951) 827-5591

Research Areas

  • Democracy in American national politics


  • Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1999
  • B.A. University of Virginia, 1989


Prof. Esterling’s research focuses on deliberative democracy in American national politics. His current work identifies the conditions that lead citizens to engage constructively in public discourse. He is the author of The Political Economy of Expertise: Information and Efficiency in American National Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2004). He has published in a number of journals, including The American Political Science Review, Political Analysis, The Journal of Politics, Rationality and Society, Political Communication, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and by 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.

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  • Minozzi, William, Michael A. Neblo, Kevin M. Esterling and David M.J. Lazer. Forthcoming 2015. “Field Experiment Evidence of Substantive, Attributional, and Behavioral Persuasion by Members of Congress in Online Town Halls” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Lazer, David M.J., Anand E. Sokhey, Michael A. Neblo, Kevin M. Esterling and Ryan Kennedy. Forthicoming 2015. “Expanding the Conversation: Multiplier Effects from a Deliberative Field Experiment” Political Communication
  • Esterling, Kevin M., Archon Fung and Taeku Lee. Forthcoming 2015. “How Much Disagreement is Good for Democratic Deliberation?” Political Communication
  • Wiley, Matthew T., Canghon Jin, Vagelis Hristidis, Kevin M. Esterling. “Analysis of Pharmaceutical Drugs Chatter on Online Social Networks.” Journal of Biomedical Informatics,49 (June): 245-54, 2014, doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2014.03.006. Epub 2014 Mar 15. – News Coverage: – htm – html
  • Miguel, E., C. Camerer, K. Casey, J. Cohen, K.M. Esterling, A. Gerber, R. Glennerster, D.P. Green, M. Humphreys, G. Imbens, D. Laitin, T. Madon, L. Nelson, B.A. Nosek, M. Peterson, R. Sedlmayr, J.P. Simmons, U. Simonsohn, M. Van der Laan. 2014. “Promoting Transparency in Social Science Research.” Science. 3 January 2014: 30-31.
  • Bowler, Shaun, Kevin M. Esterling, and Dallas Holmes. 2013. “GOTJ: Get Out the Juror.” Political Behavior 36(3): 515-533, DOI 10.1007/s11109-013-9244-2.
  • Esterling, Kevin M., David M.J. Lazer and Michael A. Neblo. 2013. “Connecting to Constituents: The Diffusion of Representation Practices among Congressional Websites.” Political Research Quarterly, 66(1): 102-114.
  • Lazer, David, Ines Mergel, Curtis Ziniel, Kevin M. Esterling, and Michael A. Neblo. 2011.“The Multiple Institutional Logics of Innovation’.’ International Public Management Journal, 14 (3), 311-340.
  • Esterling, Kevin M., David M.J. Lazer, and Michael A. Neblo. 2011. “Representative Communication: Website Interactivity & ‘Distributional Path Dependence’ in the U.S. Congress.” Political Communication, 28 (4): 409-439, 2011.
  • Esterling, Kevin M., Michael A. Neblo, and David M.J. Lazer. 2011. “Estimating Treatment Effects in the Presence of Selection on Unobservables: The Generalized Endogenous Treatment Model.” Political Analysis 19 (Spring): 205-226.

Other Academic Publications

  • Esterling, Kevin M. 2014. “Review Essay: Interest Groups and Health Care Reform.” Review of Virginia Gray, David Lowery and Jennifer Benz, Interest Groups and Health Care Reform across the United States and Shanna Rose, Financing Medicaid: Federalism and the Growth of America’s Health Care Safety Net, Interest Groups & Advocacy, 3, 326-330 (October 2014) doi:10.1057/iga.2014.16
  • Esterling, Kevin M. forthcoming. “Review of The Death of Deliberation: Partisanship and Polarization in the United States Senate, Party Politics
  • Esterling, Kevin M. and Ludwig Bartels. 2013. “Atoms-First Curriculum: A Comparison of Student Success in General Chemistry.” Journal of Chemical Education, forthcoming.
  • “The Internet and the Madisonian Cycle: Possibilities and Prospects for Consultative Representation,” Chapter in Connecting Democracy: Online Consultation and the Flow of Political Communication, Peter Shane, editor. MIT Press, forthcoming (with David Lazer and Michael Neblo).
  • The Difference that Deliberation Makes: Evaluating the “Our Budget, Our Economy” Public Deliberation. Evaluation report funded by the MacArthur Foundation, December 1, 2010 (with Archon Fung and Taeku Lee). Available at https://ashinstitute.
  • Review of Medical Governance: Values, Expertise, and Interests in Organ Transplantation by David Weimer. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2010. review for Political Science Quarterly, forthcoming, 2011 [accepted 9/1/2010].
  • “Improving Congressional Websites.” Brookings Institution Issues in Technology Innovation, Number 2, August 2010 (with David Lazer and Michael Neblo).
  • Online Town Hall Meetings: Exploring Democracy in the 21st Century. (with Kathy Goldschmidt, David Lazer, and Michael Neblo). Washington, D.C.: The Congressional Management Foundation, 2009.
  • 2007 Gold Mouse Report: Lessons from the Best Web sites on Capitol Hill. (with Collin Burden, Tim Hysom, David Lazer and Michael Neblo). Washington, D.C.: The Congressional Management Foundation, 2007. K.M. Esterling C.V., updated February 11, 2015 6 – News coverage: “Judging of House, Senate Web Sites to Start in June,” Emily Yehle, Roll Call, May 18, 2009

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