Albert Dzur, Ph.D.



Phone: 419-372-7270
Address: 111 Williams Hall

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  • Professor of Political Science, Bowling Green State University
  • Research Fellow, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Edinburgh
  • Senior Research Fellow, Social Philosophy & Policy Center, Bowling Green State University


Dr. Albert Dzur's work in democratic political theory focuses on the value of citizen participation in the professionalized and expert domains that impact public affairs.  He is interested in how collaboration bridges the distance between professionals and the communities they serve, encourages mutual trust, develops skills, and builds networks.  His concept of "democratic professionalism" points to the importance of sharing previously professionalized tasks to enable broader citizen engagement in major social issues like crime and punishment.  He is the author of Democratic Professionalism: Citizen Participation and the Reconstruction of Professional Ethics, Identity, and Practice (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008) and Punishment, Participatory Democracy, and the Jury(Oxford University Press, 2012).  He has also published articles in Constellations, Law & Society Review, Political Theory, Punishment & Society, among other journals.

Fields of Study

Political theory, with an emphasis on democratic theory.  Particular interest in citizen participation and power-sharing inside complex organizations in criminal justice, health care, mass media, and higher education.


  • M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara

Selected Publications

Recent Articles:

  • “Four Theses on Participatory Democracy: Toward the Rational Disorganization of Government Institutions.” Constellations 19 (2012): 305-324.
  • “Participatory Democracy and Criminal Justice.” Criminal Law and Philosophy 6 (2012): 115-129.
  • “Restorative Justice and Democracy: Fostering Public Accountability for Criminal Justice.” Contemporary Justice Review (Special Issue: 35th Anniversary of Restorative Justice, 2011): 1-15.
  • “The Myth of Penal Populism: Democracy, Citizen Participation, and American Hyper-Incarceration.” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 24 (Special Issue: Challenges to Democracy Today, 2010): 354-379.
  • “Democracy’s ‘Free School’: Tocqueville and Lieber on the Value of the Jury.” Political Theory 38 (2010): 603-630.
  • “The Primacy of the Public: In Support of Bioethics Commissions as Deliberative Forums” (With Daniel Levin). The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 17 (2007): 133-142.
  • “Punishment and Democracy: The Role of Public Deliberation” (With Rekha Mirchandani).  Punishment & Society 9 (2007): 151-175.


  • Punishment, Participatory Democracy, and the Jury. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Democratic Professionalism: Citizen Participation and the Reconstruction of Professional Ethics, Identity, and Practice.  University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2008.

Courses Taught

  • American Political Thought
  • Democracy and the Citizen (Service/Engagement Class)
  • Social and Political Philosophy  
  • Western Political Thought I.
  • Classical Political Thought
  • Democratic Political Theory
  • History of Political Philosophy
  • Public Administration Ethics
  • Neil MacCormick Fellowship, University of Edinburgh Law School, 2009
  • Scholar in Residence Fellowship Award, Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, Bowling Green State University, 2005
  • Best Paper Award, American Political Science Association, Foundations of Political Theory, 1999
  • 2011 Kettering Foundation grant for a multi-year study, “Democratic Practices of Professionals.”
  • 2009 Kettering Foundation grant for “Democracy in Higher Education, an Institutional Case Study,” a study of civic participation efforts at a leading institution.
  • 2008 Bowling Green State University Research Incentive Grant.
  • 2007 MacNeil/Lehrer Productions grant to convene and study a televised public forum, “Reflective Public Dialogues on Democracy and Higher Education.”   
  • 2009. “Democracy Inside and Out: The Jury and Public Deliberation,” Law and Society Association meetings, Denver.
  • 2008. “Democracy in the Court: Communicative Reason and Public Accountability for Punishment” (with Rekha Mirchandani) American Society of Criminology annual meetings, St. Louis.
  • 2006. “Democratic Power-Sharing in Professionalized Domains: The Fall and Rise of the Active Jury,” American Political Science Association annual meetings, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2011. “Participatory Democracy and Criminal Justice,” Workshop in Political Theory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 2011. “Participatory Democracy and Criminal Justice,” Stirling Criminalization Conference, University of Stirling, Scotland.
  • 2011. “Public Engagement,” Centre for the Study of Democracy, Westminster University, London.
  • 2011. “Juries, Juries, Everywhere,” Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia.
  • 2011. “Criminal Process as Catalyst: Participation, Dialogue, and Dignity,” Symposium on Human Dignity and Criminal Law, University of Minnesota Law School.
  • Democratic Practices of Professionals: a multi-year study of the barriers and opportunities encountered by professionals in education, criminal justice, and public health attempting to open up their organizational practices to lay citizen participation.
  • Organizational Democracy Today: an examination of the potential for collaboration and power-sharing in previously hierarchical institutions.
  • Political Theory and Punishment: an ongoing effort to address American hyper-incarceration by strengthening participatory democratic institutions.