Kevin J. Elliott

Kevin J. Elliott is a political scientist and joins Yale as Lecturer in Ethics, Politics, & Economics. His main research interests are in political theory, particularly democratic theory, and focus on the ethics of democratic citizenship, political epistemology, and the normative evaluation and design of political institutions. Much of his research investigates questions at the intersection of normative and empirical inquiry, and so draws from both. A California native, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2015, a Master’s in Political Theory from the London School of Economics, and his B.A. from UCLA (Summa Cum Laude; Dept & Collegiate Honors). He is author of Democracy for Busy People (University of Chicago Press) and numerous articles appearing in journals like the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, and Political Theory. He is currently working on a project entitled The Duration of Power that explores the history and development of terms of office as a key component of representative democratic constitutions. His research has been supported by the U. S. Department of Education, Princeton University’s University Center for Human Values (UCHV), Columbia’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), and the Institute for Humane Studies.