Alison Kadlec, Senior Vice President, is the director of higher education and workforce programs and of the Center for Advances in Public Engagement at Public Agenda. Previously, she served as the director of public engagement programs.
Alison leads the design and implementation of all of our higher education and workforce development projects. As such, she is active in the development and execution of many of the organization's public engagement and research projects.
She is the author of a book on the democratic theory of John Dewey, Dewey's Critical Pragmatism, and was also among the co-authors of Toward Wiser Public Judgment, edited by Daniel Yankelovich and Will Friedman.
Alison is also the author or co-author of a number of papers on the subject of stakeholder engagement, including: "Deliberative Democracy and the Problem of Power"; "Beyond Debate: Impacts of Deliberative Issue Framing on Group Dialogue and Problem Solving"; "Promising Practices in Online Engagement"; "Changing the Conversation About Productivity"; and "Play and Public Life."
Before joining Public Agenda, Alison was a visiting professor and lecturer in the political science departments at the University of Minnesota, Macalester College, Baruch College and Hunter College. She holds Bachelor's degrees in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and English Literature from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Her areas of academic expertise include democratic theory, history of ideas and American political thought.
Areas of expertise: Public and stakeholder engagement, qualitative research, issue framing, deliberative democracy, conversation/convening design and facilitation, strategic communications, community engagement, change leadership/management, higher education reform