Associate Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
    • Associate Director, Center for Public Deliberation
  • Department:

    • Communication Studies
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., Univ. of Washington
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Katie Knobloch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and the Associate Director of the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University. Her teaching and research focus on public participation and deliberative democracy, particularly the design and impact of community engagement programs. She earned her BA and MMC from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and PhD from the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. She has received National Science Foundation funding to study the expansion of the Citizens’ Initiative Review and the implementation of deliberative pedagogy in chemistry classrooms and has led the development of local programs that center underrepresented communities in public decision making. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Applied Communication Research, Political Studies, American Politics Research, Public Administration, and The International Journal of Communication. With John Gastil, she is the author of Hope for Democracy: How Citizens Can Bring Reason Back into Politics (Oxford, 2020).


Selected publications:

Gastil, J., & Knobloch, K. R. (2020). Hope for Democracy: How Citizens Can Bring Reason Back into Politics. Oxford University Press.

Knobloch, K. R., Barthel, M. L., Gastil, J. (2019). Emanating Effects:  The Impact of the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review on Voters' Political Efficacy. Political Studies.

Gastil, J., Knobloch, K., Reedy, J., Henkels, M., & Walsh, K. C. (2017). Assessing the electoral impact of the 2010 Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review. American Politics Research, 46(3): 534-563.

Knobloch, K. R. & Gastil, J. (2015). Experiencing a civic (re)socialization: The educative effects of deliberative participation. Politics, 35(2): 183-200.

Knobloch, K. R., Gastil, J., Reedy, J., & Walsh, K. C. (2013). Did they deliberate? Applying an evaluative model of democratic deliberation to the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 44(2): 105-125.