Albert Dzur, Ph.D.

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Albert W. Dzur, Ph.D.

Position: Distinguished Research Professor
Phone: 419-372-7270
Address: 111 Williams Hall


  • Distinguished Research Professor, with a joint appointment in Philosophy, Bowling Green State University
  • Associate, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
  • Associate, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra


Dr. Albert W. Dzur studies citizen participation and power-sharing in criminal justice, health care, public administration, and education. His work on democratic professionalism focuses on innovators who welcome citizen agency in these domains, the barriers they face, and the resources available to link small-scale efforts to broad democratic renewal.

Dzur's research has been recognized by the McCourtney Institute of Democracy at Penn State University, which awarded it the 2017 Brown Democracy Medal for contributions to democratic theory, by the Ohio House of Representatives, which issued a special research commendation in 2018, and by the BGSU Board of Trustees, which designated him a Distinguished Research Professor in 2019.

He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Canberra, the University of Edinburgh, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the Kettering Foundation, the University of Oslo, and the University of Tromsø. He writes regularly for the Boston Review and the National Civic Review, where he is a contributing editor. He is on the editorial board of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice and on the editorial team of the International Journal of Restorative Justice.

Fields of Study

Democratic theory; democratic innovation; citizen participation; professionalism; restorative justice; collaboration in public administration, criminal justice, health care, and 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 Chapters and Articles:

  • "Teaching Citizenship." Boston Review (Jan. 30, 2019)
  • "What is a Democratic Professional?" Kettering Review 35 (1)(2019): 12-18.
  • "Democratic Innovation in Public Administration." National Civic Review 107 (3)(2018): 4-17.
  • "Thick Populism: Democracy-Enhancing Popular Participation" (with Carolyn M. Hendriks). Policy Studies 39 (3)(2018): 334-351.


  • Democracy Inside: Participatory Innovation in Unlikely Places. NY: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Rebuilding Public Institutions Together: Professionals and Citizens in a Participatory Democracy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2017.
  • Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration (Edited, with Ian Loader and Richard Sparks). NY: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Punishment, Participatory Democracy, and the Jury. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Courses Taught

  • American Political Thought
  • Democracy and the Citizen (Service/Engagement Class)
  • Democracy in Trouble: Critique, Innovation, Renewal
  • Modern Political Ideologies
  • Social and Political Philosophy  
  • Western Political Thought
  • Classical Political Thought
  • Democracy in Trouble: Critique, Innovation, Renewal
  • Democratic Political Theory
  • History of Political Philosophy
  • Public Administration Ethics
  • Scholar in Residence Fellowship Award, Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, Bowling Green State University, 2019
  • Distinguished International Visitor, University of Canberra, Australia, 2018
  • Recipient, Research Commendation, Ohio House of Representatives, for contributions to democratic theory and practice, 2018
  • Recipient, Brown Democracy Medal, McCourtney Institute for Democracy, Penn State University, 2017
  • "Research on Public Engagement Professionals." Kettering Foundation, 2016-18.
  • "Re-imagining Professionalism: Towards Co-Production" (with Pamela Fisher, PI). Economic and Social Research Council (UK), 2015-17.
  • "Public Restorative Justice." Porticus of North America Foundation, 2014-15.
  • "Citizen-led Governance Innovations (CLGIs): Lessons for Democratic Reform" (with Carolyn M. Hendriks). Centre for Deliberative Democracy, University of Canberra, 2018.
  • "Citizen Agency in Democratic Reform: Towards Substantive and Sustainable Democratic Innovation" (with Carolyn M. Hendriks). European Consortium of Political Research Workshop: Can Participatory Reforms Save Representative Democracy? University of Nicosia, 2018.
  • "Public Administration and Public Engagement: Key Concepts." Making Democracy Work Institute, Kettering Foundation, 2019
  • "A Jury for the 21st Century." Wesleyan University, 2019.
  • "Democratic Professionalism in Theory and Practice." Michigan State University, 2019.
  • "Restorative Justice vs. the Democracy Deficit: Criminal Justice Reform and Democratic Renewal." Public lecture, Faculty of Law, KU Leuven, 2018.
  • Citizen Led Governance Innovations (with Carolyn M. Hendriks): examining CLGIs across the globe working democratically on chronic social problems, often empowering formerly marginalized citizens in the process.
  • Salus Populi Suprema Lex: case studies focusing on emerging patterns of citizen agency and collaborative governance during the opioid epidemic.
  • Restorative Cities: investigating the ways restorative justice practices have become collaborative city-wide governance initiatives in some countries.

Updated: 08/20/2021 04:38PM