Bruce L. Mallory

Co-Director, NH Listens


Bruce L. Mallory, professor of education, has been a practitioner and national leader in the deliberative democracy movement for the past fifteen years. At the Carsey School of Public Policy (formerly the Carsey Institute), he provides technical assistance and leadership related to the use of deliberative processes for citizen engagement. As co-director of New Hampshire Listens, which is a civic engagement initiative of the Carsey School, Bruce leads the development of capacity building in local communities and at the state level for public dialogue on a range of issues. His primary objective at Carsey is to integrate effective forms of citizen deliberation into policy analysis and dissemination around research topics related to social and economic justice.

Bruce served as the interim director of Carsey Institute from 2011 to 2014. In addition, he has served as department chair (1987-1993), graduate school dean (1997-2003), and provost and executive vice president (2003-2009) at UNH. His scholarship has focused on the relationship between early childhood disability and poverty, social policy affecting young children with disabilities and their families, the provision of early intervention services in rural communities, and more recently the role of higher education in strengthening democracy through deliberative practices. Bruce has introduced the concept of study circles to dozens of community-based organizations. He has served on national committees and provided technical assistance to organizations such as the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Campus Compact, the Spencer Foundation, and Everyday Democracy. He serves on the board of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation. Bruce earned his doctorate from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Special Education and Community Psychology in 1979.