Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

The McCourtney Institute for Democracy

Christopher Beem

Christopher Beem

Managing Director, McCourtney Institute for Democracy
Research Professor of Political Science

327 Pond Lab

University Park , PA 16802


Christopher Beem is Managing Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State. He is also an Associate Research Professor of Political Science and Affiliate Faculty in the Rock Ethics Institute. He came to Penn State 2015 after holding positions in philanthropy and non-profit social services. He is the author or co-editor of five books, including The Necessity of Politics and Democratic Humility: Reinhold Niebuhr, Neuroscience and America’s Political Crisis. His next book, Democratic Vice, Democratic Virtues, will be published in 2022. Beem is a cohost of the Democracy Works podcast and a frequent contributor to The Conversation. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.