Joni Doherty, Program Officer

Joni Doherty is a program officer at the Kettering Foundation. She directs research on initiatives for democratic practices, the role of the humanities in democracy, and the ways in which libraries and museums can work in complimentary ways with their communities to foster deliberative practices.

Doherty has written on the use of deliberative democratic practices in higher education 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, and First-Year Civic Engagement: Sound Foundations for College, Citizenship and Democracy. She has also written and edited issue guides on historical and contemporary topics and articles about deliberative democracy that have been published in Kettering’s Higher Education Exchange and Connections.

Before coming to Kettering, Doherty was the director of the New England Center for Civic Life and taught in the American studies program at Franklin Pierce University. She has more than 25 years of experience with National Issues Forums and is an alumna institute member.

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.