Matthew Ouren, from Mankato, Minnesota, is a research assistant at the Kettering Foundation.
While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he was introduced to deliberative democracy through the Gustavus Adolphus College Center for Public Dialogue and Deliberation. Ouren served as a fellow at the center from its beginning in 2017. As part of the center, he helped design and facilitate deliberative public forums.
Ouren is interested in how deliberative decision-making can influence policymaking, the potential for deliberation and dialogue to reduce polarization, and the role of religious communities in democracy. In the future, he hopes to work in the civic engagement field, helping citizens address problems in their communities.
Ouren graduated summa cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.