Kevin Kiley

Postdoctoral Scholar

North Carolina State University

Hello! I am Kevin Kiley. I am currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University. I received my Ph.D. in sociology in 2021 from Duke University. Here is my CV.

I am a political and cultural sociologist with interests in quantitative and computational methods. My work explores the sources of stability and change in political preferences and personal culture over the life course and tries to make sense of individual inconsistency in opinions and tastes over time. Across this work I refine theories of opinion holding and cultural internalization by focusing on the interaction of human cognition with the “scaffolding” of the social environment. Alongside this substantive work, my research develops approaches to measuring personal cultural change over time with applicability to diverse theoretical problems. My research has been published in the American Sociological Review and Sociological Science.

Prior to working at NC State, I was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Iowa.

If any of this interests you, please reach out: kkiley@ncsu.edu.


  • Cultural Sociology
  • Mathematical Sociology
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Political Sociology
  • The Life Course
  • Cultural Evolution


  • Ph.D., 2021

    Duke University

  • MA, 2018

    Duke University

  • MA, 2014

    The University of Chicago

  • BA, 2010

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill