The Brown Democracy Medal and $10,000 are awarded annually. The winning project is published by an academic press. Winners are invited to Penn State’s University Park campus to accept the medal, give a public lecture, and appear on the Democracy Works podcast.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iranian lawyer and human rights activist.
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2022: Joanna Lydgate, Norman Eisen, and Christine Todd Whitman: States United Democracy Center
Book: States United: A Survival Guide for our Democracy
2021: Desmond Meade, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Book: America’s Disenfranchised: Why Restoring Their Vote Can Save the Soul of Our Democracy.
2020: Srdja Popovic, Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies
Book: Pranksters vs. Autocrats: Why Dilemma Actions Advance Nonviolent Activism, with Sophia A. McClennen
2019: David Farrell and Jane Suiter, Irish Citizens’ Assembly Project
Book: Reimagining Democracy: Lessons in Deliberative Democracy from the Irish Front Line
2018: Micah Altman and Michael McDonald, Public Mapping Project
Book: The Public Mapping Project: How Public Participation Can Revolutionize Redistricting
2017: Albert Dzur, Bowling Green State University
Book: Reshaping Public Institutions Together: Professional Citizens in a Participatory Democracy
2016: Pippa Norris, Electoral Integrity Project
Book: Why American Elections Are Flawed (And How to Fix Them)
2015: Joan C. Tronto, University of Minnesota
Book: Who Cares? How to Reshape a Democratic Politics
2014: Josh Lerner, Participatory Budgeting Project
Book: Everyone Counts: Could Participatory Budgeting Change Democracy?