John Gastil

Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
Political Science Senior Scholar, McCourtney Institute for Democracy

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Gastil studies how people make decisions in small groups and methods for improving democracy. His work focuses on small deliberative bodies, such as juries, which give citizens the opportunity to consider serious public problems together. He has shared his research with nonprofit organizations, state legislatures, and democratic reformers around the globe, and has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Kettering Foundation, the Democracy Fund, and public universities.


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"The Cure for Your #regrexit Democratic Hangover," John Gastil, Zocalo Public Square, June 29, 2016.
"Imagine a Democracy Built on Lotteries, Not Elections," John Gastil (with Terrill Bouricius, David Schecter, and Campbell Wallace), Zocalo Public Square, April 5, 2016.
"These Civic Experiments are Getting Citizens More Involved in Governing Themselves," John Gastil (with Hollie Russon-Gilman), Washington Post, February 19, 2016.
"A More Deliberate Democracy," John Gastil, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 8, 2012.