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.

  • Chair: Tim Shaffer
  • Vice Chair: Mridula Mascarenhas
  • Vice Chair-Elect: Becky Kuehl 
  • Immediate Past Chair: Tim Steffensmeier
  • Secretary: Cheryl Maiorca
Legislative Assembly
  • Tim Shaffer
  • Tim Steffensmeier

107th Annual Convention -- Seattle, Washington -- November 18-21, 2021

Convention Calls
  • PDDD Call -- Deadline March 31, 11:59 p.m. PST.
Award Calls
Business Meeting Minutes
Interest Group Election