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CAS and Political Science Professor named Distinguished Professor

John Gastil, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Political Science, has been named a Distinguished Professor by Penn State. Through his research, Professor Gastil has made significant contributions to our understanding of political deliberation and democracy. Through his service as Department Head from 2011-16 and as inaugural Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, he has had a lasting impact on our academic community. Professor Gastil is also an accomplished and devoted educator, whether teaching courses on democratic deliberation or the core course on quantitative research methods required for CAS majors. A prolific scholar, his latest books include Hope for Democracy: How Citizens Can Bring Reason Back into Politics, and Legislature for Lot: Transformative Designs for Deliberative Governance. Congratulations, John, on this well-deserved honor!

John Gastil, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Political Science, has been named a Distinguished Professor by Penn State. Through his research, Professor Gastil has made significant contributions to our understanding of political deliberation and democracy. Through his service as Department Head from 2011-16 and as inaugural Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, he has had a lasting impact on our academic community. Professor Gastil is also an accomplished and devoted educator, whether teaching courses on democratic deliberation or the core course on quantitative research methods required for CAS majors. A prolific scholar, his latest books include Hope for Democracy: How Citizens Can Bring Reason Back into Politics, and Legislature for Lot: Transformative Designs for Deliberative Governance

Congratulations, John, on this well-deserved honor!