Christopher Beem

Christopher
Beem

Managing Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy

Expertise:

  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • American Politics
  • Democracy
  • Elections
  • Politics
  • Voting Behavior

About

  • Recently published “The Seven Democratic Values: What You Can Do to Overcome Tribalism and Save Our Democracy,” which outlines specific steps that average American citizens can take to safeguard democracy
  • Co-hosts the "Democracy Works" podcast

Christopher Beem is the managing director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, a role he’s held since 2015. Beem is also an associate research professor in the Department of Political Science and an affiliate faculty with the Rock Ethics Institute.

He is the author or co-editor of six books, including his most recent, “The Seven Democratic Values: What You Can Do to Overcome Tribalism and Save Our Democracy.” Published Aug. 30, 2022, by Penn State University Press, “The Seven Democratic Virtues” pulls from Beem’s background in political theory, ethics and history to outline seven specific steps that average American citizens can take to safeguard democracy from threats of extremism.

Beem is also a co-host of the Democracy Works podcast and a frequent contributor to The Conversation.

In The Media

Why virtue signaling isn’t the same as virtue

from Big Think September 14, 2022

"Virtues are really just agreements among the members of any group about what is important, valuable and what group members can expect from each other."

"Understood the way Aquinas suggests, hope emerges as a distinctively democratic virtue."

Opinion: Democracy is fragile, but we can strengthen it together

from Pennsylvania Capital-Star January 10, 2021

"Democracy exists as a way for people to disagree and yet still live together peaceably. "

In Penn State News

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