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Nathan Kelly

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Tennessee

Kelly will complete a book on the relationship between political and economic inequality, focusing on how high levels of economic inequality can produce an “inequality trap,” or a cycle in which economic inequality reinforces itself by changing how the political system functions. He will analyze how factors such as political deadlock in Congress, election outcomes, and public opinion contribute to this feedback loop.


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