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Michael Neblo / Political Theory Workshop

February 18, 2022 - 1:30pm to 3:15pm
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I am a professor of political science and (by courtesy) philosophy, communication, and public policy at The Ohio State University where I also direct the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability (IDEA). I was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for 2020-2022 and serve on the board of directors for the National Issues Forum Institute.

My research focuses on deliberative democracy and political psychology. My most recent book, Politics with the People: Building a Directly Representative Democracy (with Kevin Esterling and David Lazer, 2018), develops and tests a new model of politics connecting citizens and elected officials to improve representative government. I was invited to testify before Congress about these findings. My first book, Deliberative Democracy between Theory and Practice (2015), cuts across the deadlock between supporters of deliberative theory and their empirical critics by focusing on the core goals of the larger deliberative political system. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in a wide range of academic journals, including Science, The American Political Science Review, Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Analysis, Public Opinion Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, Political Communication, Social Science & Medicine, among others.

I received my PhD in political science from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern University. I am the founding director of Ohio State’s Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability (IDEA) and its signature initiative Connecting to Congress. I was also one of four co-founders of OSU's Center for Ethics and Human Values.

I teach courses on political theory and other topics from the introductory level up to graduate seminars. I have interests in Congressional reform, applied philosophy of social science, politics and the emotions, race politics, health politics, immigration, politics and technology, and politics and the arts. I have been the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Carnegie Corporation, the Democracy Fund, the Kettering Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Veterans Administration, the American Political Science Association, the International Society for Political Psychology, the Ash Institute, and a grant from the National Science Foundation to design and study Deliberative Town Hall meetings with the cooperation of members of the U.S. Congress.

Graham Stuart Lounge - Encina Hall West, Room 400
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