Michael Neblo is a professor of political science and (by courtesy) philosophy, communication, and public policy at Ohio State University where he directs the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability (IDEA). His research focuses on deliberative democracy and political psychology. His new book, Politics with the People: Building a Directly Representative Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2018), develops and tests a new model of politics connecting citizens and elected officials to improve representative government. His first book, Deliberative Democracy between Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2015), cuts across the deadlock between supporters of deliberative theory and their empirical critics by focusing on the core goals of the larger deliberative political system. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a wide range of academic journals, including Science, The American Political Science Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Analysis, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, Political Communication, Acta Politica, The Journal of Medicine & Law, and Social Science & Medicine.
He holds a PhD and an MA in political science from the University of Chicago and a BA in philosophy and mathematical methods in the social sciences (MMSS) from Northwestern University. With various colleagues, Neblo has been the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Kettering Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Veterans Administration, the International Society for Political Psychology, and the Ash Institute, and received a large grant from the National Science Foundation to design and study electronic town hall meetings with the cooperation of members of the US Congress.