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Michael Berkman appointed Director of the McCourtney Institute

Jul 22, 2016

Michael Berkman appointed Director of the McCourtney Institute

Michael Berkman has been named director of the MCourtney Institute for Democracy effective July 1.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Michael Berkman, professor of political science and director of the Center for American Political Responsiveness (CAPR), has been named director of Penn State’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy.

Berkman assumed the helm of the McCourtney Institute on July 1. He succeeds former director John Gastil, professor of communication arts and political science, who is currently on sabbatical. Gastil will remain with the McCourtney Institute as a senior scholar upon his return.

Based in the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, the McCourtney Institute is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to understanding and improving democracy and the democratic process through research, teaching and outreach. The center pursues this mission independently and by supporting the work of CAPR and the Center for Democratic Deliberation.

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