Sara Mehltretter Drury is Associate Professor and Chair of Rhetoric at Wabash College, in Crawfordsville, Indiana. She also serves as Director of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse, an interdisciplinary initiative that partners with campuses and communities to foster dialogue and deliberation on a range of topics. In this program, Drury trains undergraduate students at Wabash College to research and facilitate public dialogues and deliberations. Drury teaches a course focusing on deliberation and democracy each year.
Drury’s research and practice focus on the intersections of rhetoric and deliberative democracy, with particular attention to deliberative pedagogy, argumentation, and political communication. She also collaborates with colleagues to focus on deliberative pedagogy in the natural and hard sciences, including a recent National Science Foundation grant focusing on deliberation in the chemistry curriculum.
Drury has given workshops for a variety of nonprofits and higher education organizations on deliberative democracy, including the Indiana State Bar Association and the Council of Independent Colleges. She frequently serves as a consultant to a range of higher education institutions as they implement deliberative pedagogy across their curriculum and campus.
Drury has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (2017-2018) and an Indiana Humanities Action Fellow (2019-2021). From 2018 to 2020, she was part of the Indiana Humanities Speakers’ Bureau, giving workshops and talks around the theme of “Transcending Divides through Creative Conversations.” Drury has been connected to the Kettering Foundation’s research networks for more than a decade; in 2010-2011, she served as a Research Associate at the foundation, and while she was in graduate school, she took her first National Issues Forum training and served as a forum moderator. Drury received her PhD and MA from The Pennsylvania State University in communication arts and sciences. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Boston College in communication studies and political science.