Slow Democracy Author Bios
Susan Clark is a writer and facilitator focusing on community sustainability and citizen participation, and an award-winning radio commentator and former talk-show co-host. She is coauthor of All Those In Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community. Clark served as communication director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Her community development work has included coordinating a rural grants program and directing a community activists’ network for the northeastern U.S. and Canada, and she has taught community development at the college level for ten years. Clark’s democratic activism has earned her broad recognition, including the 2010 Vermont Secretary of State¹s Enduring Democracy Award. She serves as Town Moderator of Middlesex, Vermont.
Woden Teachout is an historian and cultural critic interested in the relationship between history, politics, and civic engagement. She holds a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University, and has taught at a number of colleges and universities including Harvard, Middlebury College and Goddard College. She is currently a professor of graduate studies at Union Institute and University. Teachout is the author of the critically acclaimed Capture the Flag: A Political History of American Patriotism (Basic Books, 2009), which explored the development of American political culture. In addition to her historical work, she has been involved with politics on the state and local levels as a campaign manager, legislative committee assistant, citizen lobbyist, and community organizer. Her advocacy revolves around education, health and children’s issues.