Phil Neisser is the Coordinator of Professional Development at SUNY Potsdam, where he also serves as the Chair of the Department of Politics and Chair of the Department of Economics. For the last decade he has focused his work on creating inclusion through democratic dialogue and building democracy through public deliberation.

Neisser earned his M.A at Georgetown University and his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a co-editor of the All Sides Dictionary (allsides.com/dictionary, 2016), a co-author, with Jacob hess, of You’re Not as Crazy as I Thought (But You’re Still Wrong): Conversations between a Devoted Conservative and a Die-Hard Liberal, author of United We Fall: Ending America’s Love Affair with the Political Center (Praeger, 2008) and co-editor of Tales of the State: Narrative in Contemporary U.S. Politics and Public Policy (1997), and the author of essays and book chapters on a variety of subjects. In 2015 he and co-author Jacob Hess were awarded the Public Conversations Project “Founders Award,” which honors leaders in constructive conversations across differences. In 2000 he received a SUNY Potsdam Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Neisser is also a cyclist, and the drummer in the band Ten Speed Taxi. Neisser grew up in Manhattan, but has long since learned to also love the woods of Northern New York. He now lives in West Pierrepont, NY.


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