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Mary (Molly) Scudder

Mary (Molly) Scudder

Associate Professor // Political Science

Associate Professor // Cornerstone

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2224


Phone: (765) 496-3342

Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2014
M.A., University of Virginia, 2010
B.S., Santa Clara University, 2007



Political Theory
Public Policy
Politics of Groups and Identities
American Politics



Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts
Associate, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance


Research Summary

Dr. Scudder specializes in democratic theory, specifically deliberative democracy. The question that drives her research is how citizens who have diverse and conflicting political and moral commitments can come together to order public life in a democratic way. To answer this question, she studies political talk among citizens, investigating how practices of political talk either help overcome or actually contribute to persistent problems of political inequality and exclusion.


Selected Publications

Scudder, Mary. 2020. Beyond Empathy and Inclusion: The Challenge of Listening in Democratic Deliberation. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Scudder, Mary. 2020. “The Ideal of Uptake in Democratic Deliberation.” Political Studies, 68 (52): 504-522, doi: 10.1177/0032321719858270

Scudder, Mary. 2016. “Beyond Empathy: Strategies and Ideals of Democratic Deliberation." Polity. 48 (4): 524-550, doi: 10.1057/s41279-016-0001-9.