Associate Professor



Katherine R. Knobloch is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of the Center for Public Deliberation (CPD). Her research and teaching focus on political communication and civic engagement, specifically exploring how deliberative public processes can create a more informed and engaged citizenry. For this work, she has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the Citizens’ Initiative Review and examine how process design affects the quality and outcome of deliberative engagement. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Applied Communication Research, Politics, the International Journal of Communication, Javnost – The Public, andFACTS Reports. She has also published chapters in a number of edited volumes, including Democracy in Motion and The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy. Katie teaches courses in deliberation, political communication, and persuasion and in her capacity at the CPD trains undergraduates to design and facilitate community meetings. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication at the University of Washington and her master’s and B.A. degrees from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.