Communication Arts & Sciences and Political Science Senior Scholar, the McCourtney Institute for Democracy
The Pennsylvania State University


Principal Projects

Citizens Initiative Review logo

Cultural Cognition Project

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Interactive summary
of my scholarly research to date

Curriculum Vitae

Video lecture on the Oregon Citizens' Initiative Review. This talk shows how my research relates to a bold election reform used in Oregon in 2010.

Narrative essay
on my deliberation research

Italian language essay on my deliberation research

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I teach small group decision making, political deliberation, inter-cultural communication, theory development, and public scholarship in the Penn State University Department of Communication Arts and Sciences.

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Democracy in Small Groups: Participation, Decision Making, and Communication
(2nd edition by Efficacy Press, 2014; 1st edition by New Society Publishers, 1993)
Australian Citizens Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy
(Penn State Press, 2013), a co-edited volume examining in detail the success and challenges of a national deliberative event in Australia.

Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement
(Oxford, 2012), a co-edited volume reviewing modern research on the practice of democratic deliberation.

Jury and DemocracyThe Jury and Democracy: How Jury Deliberation Promotes Civic Engagement and Political Participation (Oxford, 2010). Order directly from Oxford or at for as little as $17 new. Such a deal!

The Group in Society (Sage, 1010), a review and synthesis of research on small group behavior across a wide variety of academic disciplines.

Political Communication and Deliberation (Sage, 2008), an integration of research on deliberation and political comm.

The Deliberative Democracy Handbook (Jossey-Bass, 2005), co-edited with Peter Levine

By Popular Demand: Revitalizing Representative Democracy through Deliberative Elections (U. California, 2000)