Research Network

The NICD is building an interdisciplinary, scholarly community of top experts that is developing an integrated research agenda on civil discourse to advance the field. NICD's leadership role will be instrumental in the network's ability to conduct research that becomes integrated into practice and moves our nation toward a stronger democracy that is capable of tackling tough issues.

Francis Benjamin
Researcher, Washington State University



Robert Boatright
Associate Professor of Political Science, Clark University

Expertise: American Politics, Elections, Voting Behavior

Discipline: Political Science
Kevin Coe
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Utah

Expertise: Political Communication, Public Opinion, Religion, Media

Discipline: Communication
Jennifer Earl
Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona

Expertise: Social movements, Law

Discipline: Sociology
Penny Edgell
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota

Expertise: Religion, Gender & Family, Inequality

Discipline: Sociology
Kevin Esterling
Professor



Morris P. Fiorina
Wendt Family Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Expertise: American Politics, Voting Behavior

Discipline: Political Science
Kim Fridkin
Professor, School of Politics & Global Studies, Arizona State University

Expertise: Voting Behavior, Media, Women & Politics, Elections

Discipline: Politics, Global Studies
Archon Fung
Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard

Expertise: Civic Engagement, Ethics, Urban Politics

Discipline: Democracy and Citizenship
John Gastil
Professor and Head of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University

Expertise: Deliberation, Civic Engagement, Governance, Elections, Public Opinion

Discipline: Communication Arts, Political Science
Daniel Gillion
Professor, Political Science Department, University of Pennsylvania, Affiliate Faculty Member, Center for Africana Studies and the Asian American Studies Program, Ford Foundation Fellow, Harvard University

Expertise: American Politics, Racial & Ethnic Politics, Voting Behavior

Discipline: Political Science
Erhardt Graeff
PhD Researcher, MIT Center for Civic Media and MIT Media Lab

Expertise: Media, Technology, Civic Engagement

Discipline: Sociology, Media, Technology
Jonathan Haidt
Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, New York University Stern School of Business

Expertise: Political Psychology, Morality

Discipline: Business & Society
Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania

Expertise: Political Communication, Media, American Politics, Elections

Discipline: Communication
James T. Hamilton
Hearst Professor of Communication & Director of the Journalism Program, Stanford University

Expertise: Media, Technology, Political Communication

Discipline: Communication
Claire Hill
Professor & James L. Krusemark Chair in Law, University of Minnesota Law School

Expertise: Corporate Governance, Capital Structure, Structured Finance, Rating Agencies, Secured Debt, Contract Theory, Law and Language, Behavioral Economics

Discipline: Law
David A. Hopkins
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston College



Kathleen Hull
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota

Expertise: Culture, Law, Social movements, Gender & Family

Discipline: Sociology
Joseph Kahne
Professor of Education, Mills College

Expertise: Education, Media, Civic Engagement, Urban Politics

Discipline: Education
Ryan Kennedy
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Houston



Kate Kenski
Associate Professor, Department of Communication and School of Government & Public Policy, University of Arizona

Expertise: Political Communication, Public Opinion

Discipline: Communication, Government, Public Policy
Samara Klar
Assistant Professor of Political Science, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona

Expertise: American Politics, Voting Behavior

Discipline: Political Science
Taeku Lee
Professor of Political Science & Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Expertise: American Politics, Racial & Ethnic Politics, Public Opinion, Social movements

Discipline: Political Science, Law
Enid Logan
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota

Expertise: Racial & Ethnic Politics, Inequality

Discipline: Sociology
Nicholas P. Lovrich
Affiliate Researcher in Department of Political Science at the University of Utah



Ellen Middaugh
Research Director & Co-Principal Investigator, Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age Project

Expertise: Media, Education

Discipline: Human Development
Matt Motyl
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Board Member, CivilPolitics.org

Expertise: Political Psychology, Social Ecology, Intergroup Conflict

Discipline: Social, Personality Psychology
Paul Murray
PhD Student, Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

Expertise: Cultural Analytics, Scientific Visualization, Bioinformatics, Statistics

Discipline: Computer Science
Diana C. Mutz
Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Communication and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Expertise: American Politics, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Political Communication

Discipline: Communication, Political Science
Michael Neblo
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University

Expertise: Deliberation, Political Psychology

Discipline: Political Science
Markus Prior
Associate Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Department of Politics, Princeton University

Expertise: American Politics, Media, Political Communication, Technology

Discipline: Politics
Stephen Rains
Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Arizona

Expertise: Media, Health Policy, Communication Technology

Discipline: Communication
Mark Ramirez
Assistant Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University

Expertise: American Politics, Public Opinion, Political Psychology

Discipline: Politics, Global Studies
Amy Richter
Associate Professor, History Department, Director, Higgins School of Humanities



Christopher Robertson
Associate Professor, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, Associate, Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard

Expertise: Health Law, Law and Science

Discipline: Law
Deana Rohlinger
Professor of Sociology at Florida State University



Zachary Schrank
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Indiana University South Bend

Expertise: Social Theory, Consumer Culture

Discipline: Sociology, Anthropology
Timothy J. Shaffer
Principal Research Specialist, National Institute for Civil Discourse, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Kansas State University, Assistant Director, Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, Kansas State University

Expertise: Public Deliberation, Civic Engagement, Education

Discipline: Communication Studies, Civic Studies
Boris Shor
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University

Expertise: American Politics, Voting Behavior

Discipline: Political Science
Sarah Sobieraj
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Tufts University

Expertise: Media, Sociology, Social movements

Discipline: Sociology
Dr. Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud
Associate Professor, Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Director, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, University of Texas at Austin

Expertise: Media, American Politics, Public Opinion

Discipline: Communication Arts
Robin Stryker
Professor of Sociology, affiliated Professor of Law, affiliated Professor of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona

Expertise: Law, Inequality, Social Change

Discipline: Sociology
Carolyn Tolbert
Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa

Expertise: Voting, Elections, Public Opinion

Discipline: Political Science
Chris Weber
Associate Professor, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona.

Expertise: American Politics, Political Psychology, Voting Behavior, Elections

Discipline: Government, Public Policy
Dannagal Goldthwaite Young
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Delaware, Research Fellow, Center for Political Communication, University of Delaware

Expertise: Media, Political Humor

Discipline: Communication
Joseph P. Zompetti
Communications Professor, Wayne State University



Ethan Zuckerman
Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT, Principal Research Scientist, MIT's Media Lab

Expertise: Media, Technology, Civic Engagement

Discipline: Media