Kevin Kiley

Ph.D. Candidate

Duke University

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Duke University, where I use quantiative and computational methods to answer questions about culture and politics. My work focuses on the social and cognitive sources of stability and change in attitudes and preferences over the life course.

My published work explores whether attitudes and behaviors in the United States are better characterized by stability or instability. I find that persistent change in beliefs and behaviors is exceedingly rare among U.S. adults, meaning most cultural change must come through generational turnover, not within-person change.

Current projects look at comparing the presence of dynamic constraint – the simultaneous change of two beliefs at the same time – in adults and adolescents and explaining the long-term persistence of once-popular culture (why we remember some songs well past their prime, and why some fade into obscurity).


  • Cultural Sociology
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Social Theory


  • Ph.D., Expected 2021

    Duke University

  • MA, 2018

    Duke University

  • MA, 2014

    The University of Chicago

  • BA, 2010

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill