Public Dialogue and Deliberation Division

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This division brings together scholars and practitioners who focus on public dialogue and deliberation, the forces that constrain or enable such talk, and the consequences of their presence (or absence) in democratic society. The study of these subjects dates back to ancient Greek theories of rhetoric, which gave us forms of speech that endure to the present day, such as Socratic dialogue and deliberative assemblies. Current conceptions of these terms stress their potential to ameliorate social problems. Public dialogue may help address alienation and transform divisive conflicts by fostering genuine connection and intersubjective understanding, particularly across lines of difference. Democratic deliberation fuses respectful discourse and rigorous analysis to render well-reasoned collective judgments. This division of NCA aims to advance the theory and practice of dialogue and deliberation by encouraging critical and collaborative exchanges among those who have new ideas, experiences, and research findings on these subjects.

The PDDD 2023 Member Election is Now Open!

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Deadline to vote is Wednesday, December 7 at 3:00 AM Eastern.


2023 Interest Group Leadership

  • Chair: Rebecca Kuehl
  • Vice Chair: Anna Wolfe
  • Vice Chair Elect: Justin Reedy
  • Immediate Past Chair: Mridula Mascarenhas
  • Secretary: Carson Kay
  • Nominating Committee
    • Kara Dillard
    • Cynthia Peacock
    • Laura Black
    • Cheryl Maiorca
    • Michael Lane Bruner

2023 NCA Positions

  • Legislative Assembly
    • Rebecca Kuehl
    • Anna Wolfe
  • Nominating Committee
    • Cheryl Maiorca

PDDD Membership (2016-2023)

*Official count taken each January.

109th Annual Convention -- National Harbor, MD -- November 16 - 19, 2023.


Convention Resources

  • PDDD Call  -- Deadline: Thursday, March 29, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific.
Award Calls
Business Meeting Minutes
Interest Group Election