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John Dedrick, Ph.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Dayton, OH, CA, US

John Dedrick, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow - School of Leadership Studies | Fielding Graduate University


Deliberative politics; Political and social theory; Public policy; Civic engagement; Teaching innovations.


John Dedrick is vice president and program director at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio. He has a longstanding research interest in the theory and practice of democracy and has worked closely with higher education professionals and community-based forum moderators on numerous scholarly and community-based research studies.

Dedrick has written on deliberative politics in The Deliberative Democracy Handbook (Gastil and Levine, eds., Jossey-Bass, 2005), The Journal of General Education, and Deliberation and the Work of Higher Education: Innovations for the Classroom, the Campus, and the Community (Dedrick et al., eds., Kettering Foundation Press, 2008).

Dedrick is the board president of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, and he serves on the executive committee of Deliberative Democracy Consortium, the public policy committee of Philanthropy Ohio, the editorial board of the Journal of Public Deliberation and the editorial advising board of The Journal of General Education. He is also a fellow at Fielding Graduate University, where he leads seminars on topics including deliberation, dialogue, and civic engagement.

Dedrick received a BA and MA from the College of William and Mary and an MA and PhD in political science from Rutgers University.

Industry Expertise (4)



Program Development

Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (6)

Research design and qualitative methods

Political and social theory

Civil Society

American philanthropy

American Politics

International Politics

Education (4)

Rutgers University: Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science 1997

Fields: Political Theory, Mass Politics, American Political Institutions Focus: Democratic Political Theory and Research Methods Dissertation: “Civil Society and Private Philanthropy: A Study of Philanthropic Foundations in the United States.” Advisor. Benjamin R. Barber.

Rutgers University: Masters of Arts, Political Science 1991

The College of William and Mary: Master of Arts, Government 1988

Fields: International Relations, Comparative Politics Thesis: “Antonio Gramsci and International Relations Theory.”

The College of William and Mary: Bachelor of Arts, Government 1986