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McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State appoints managing director

Dec 02, 2015

Public scholar and author Christopher Beem of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, has been named managing director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State. Beem is author or co-editor of five books, including "The Necessity of Politics" (University of Chicago Press) and, most recently, "Democratic Humility" (Lexington Books). He will help raise the visibility of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy and coordinate with the Institute’s two affiliated centers: the Center for Democratic Deliberation and the Center for American Political Responsiveness.

“Chris brings to our Institute tremendous experience and insight,” said John Gastil, director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy. “He’ll help us integrate the programs developed by the Institute and its affiliated research centers, and that synergy will strengthen our contribution to Penn State research and public engagement. With him on the team, we will have a greater impact even in this current Presidential election cycle.”

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