Joni Doherty is a program officer at the Kettering Foundation. Doherty is interested in how spaces and opportunities for deliberative democratic work are created and sustained and has worked with cultural and educational institutions who are committed to fostering the disposition, knowledge, and skills necessary for democratic citizenship. She has written guides designed to generate deliberation about historical and contemporary issues including A New Land: What Kind of Government Do We Want? and Bridging and Bonding: How Can We Create Engaged Communities in a Time of Rapid Change?. She has also worked closely with museums and other organizations as they have developed their own contemporary or historic decisions guides.
Doherty’s essays have been published in Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement, Deliberation and the Work of Higher Education: Innovations for the Classroom, the Campus, and the Community, First-Year Civic Engagement: Sound
Foundations for College, Citizenship and Democracy, and the Higher Education Exchange.
Doherty earned a BFA in painting at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, a MA in cultural studies at Simmons College, Boston, and a PhD in philosophy and art theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, in Portland, Maine.