Alison Kadlec leads the design and implementation of Public Agenda’s higher education and workforce development research and stakeholder engagement work. She and her team have worked with dozens of colleges and universities across the country to support the capacity of institutional leaders and faculty at every level to effectively engage members of their communities as constructive partners in the hard work of change on behalf of student success. Alison and her team also work with the U.S. Department of Education, state policymakers and system leaders in more than half the states in the U.S. to help improve the quality of policy development and implementation around higher education and workforce issues. Before joining Public Agenda in 2005, Alison was a visiting professor in the political science department at Macalester College and an adjunct professor in the political science departments at the University of Minnesota, Baruch College and Hunter College.
Alison is the author of a book on the democratic theory of John Dewey, Dewey's Critical Pragmatism. She is also the author or co-author of a number of articles on subjects related to stakeholder engagement and public deliberation both within and outside of higher education including: “Putting it All Together: Strengthening Pathways Between Comprehensives and Community Colleges”; "Deliberative Democracy and the Problem of Power"; "Changing the Conversation About Productivity"; and "Play and Public Life." She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota and BAs from Michigan State University in Political Theory, Constitutional Democracy and English Literature.
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