Michael E. Morrell

Associate Professor

Political Science

Political Theory, Democratic Theory, Public Opinion

Michael E. Morrell received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1998. He teaches a range of political theory courses at the undergraduate level, including Introduction to Political Theory, American Political Thought and Ideology, Modern Political Theory, and Democratic Theory. Graduate seminars he has taught include the Proseminar in Political Theory, the Theory and Behavior of Democracy, and Public Reason and Deliberation. His main research interests examine the connections between empathy and democracy, the effects of direct democratic participation on citizens, and the role of political efficacy in democracy, public opinion, and political behavior. He is currently working on a research project examining the Town Meeting form of government in Connecticut and the implications of the state of the Town Meeting for our understanding of democracy. He is also continuing to explore his theory of the role of empathy in democracy as it relates to topics ranging from President Barack Obama to agonistic democracy.

Selected Publications

  • Empathy and Democracy: Feeling, Thinking and Deliberation. Penn State University Press. 2010.
  • Empathy and Democratic Education. Public Affairs Quarterly. 2007. 21: 381-403.
  • Deliberation, Democratic Decision-Making and Internal Political Efficacy. Political Behavior. 2005. 27: 49-69.
  • Survey and Experimental Evidence for a Reliable and Valid Measure of Internal Political Efficacy. Public Opinion Quarterly. 2003. 67: 589-602.
  • Citizens’ Evaluations of Participatory Democratic Procedures: Normative Theory Meets Empirical Science. Political Research Quarterly. 1999. 52: 293-322.


View Prof. Morrell’s Research Project Web Page here.

Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-6007
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Office LocationOak Hall 432
Office HoursOn Sabbatical (Fall 2019)