about the Center for Public Deliberation

Since 2006, the CPD has dedicated its efforts to enhancing local democracy.

Our Staff


Director | Martín Carcasson, Ph.D.

Martín Carcasson, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Communication Studies department of Colorado State University, and the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD). He also serves as a Senior Public Engagement Fellow with Public Agenda, a nationally recognized public engagement firm based in New York, works closely with Colorado State University Extension, serves on the faculty of the Kettering Foundation’s Centers for Public Life program, and is on the board of directors of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. His research focuses on contemporary public affairs, and the interdisciplinary theory and practice of deliberative democracy and collaborative governance.

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Managing Director |
Sabrina Slagowski-Tipton, M.A.

Sabrina Slagowski-Tipton began her work with the Center for Public Deliberation in 2009 as a student facilitator. In 2016 she received her M.A. in Communication Studies with a specialization in Deliberative Practices from Colorado State University. She also instructs courses in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research focuses on the role of expertise in deliberation and applying trauma-informed care approaches to pedagogical practice.

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Associate Director | Katherine R. Knobloch, Ph.D.

Katherine R. Knobloch, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies department. Her research and teaching focus on political communication and civic engagement, specifically exploring how deliberative public processes can create a more informed and engaged citizenry. For this work, she has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the Citizens’ Initiative Review and examine how process design affects the quality and outcome of deliberative engagement. Katie teaches courses in deliberation, political communication, and persuasion and in her capacity at the CPD trains undergraduates to design and facilitate community meetings.

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Dialogue & Diversity Specialist | Elizabeth Parks, Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Parks is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. Her research and teaching blends social scientific and humanistic methods to better understand how we can improve ethical listening with people who are different than ourselves, whether that be based on diverse ethnicity, race, language, culture, gender, ability, or other identity performance. After intensive cross-cultural negotiation in the United States as an American Sign Language interpreter (since 2001), teaching in US colleges and universities on both coasts and the Midwest (since 2004), and international sociolinguistic research with a community development NGO in Latin America and the Caribbean (from 2006-2012), her scholarship is grounded in the belief that our individual, relational, and organizational lives are enriched by bravely creating hospitable spaces of dialogue across difference. Her first book is, "The Ethics of Listening: Creating Space for Sustainable Dialogue."