The four authors of this book have worked on this project since 1997, when they first began collecting data on jury service and voting. Each has undertaken distinct responsibilities, with John Gastil serving as the principal author.
John Gastil is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Each of his previous books are relevant to the current project, including Democracy in Small Groups (New Society, 1993), By Popular Demand (University of California, 2000a), Political Communication and Deliberation (Sage, 2008), The Group in Society (Sage, 2010), and the co-edited volume, The Deliberative Democracy Handbook (Jossey-Bass, 2005). He has published relevant works in Communication Theory, Political Communication, Small Group Research, and other scholarly journals.
Perry Deess is the Director of Institutional Research and Planning at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Throughout this project, he had primary responsibility for data processing, survey implementation, theoretical background, and editing. He has published relevant works in Journal of Politics, Mobilization, and other journals and has written reports on law and public opinion at the Vera Institute of Justice and the Institute for Public Policy. He also has numerous publications in the fields of institutional assessment, program evaluation, and education.
Philip J. Weiser is a professor in the School of Law at the University of Colorado. He analyzed the legal and historical context of this research and has drawn out many of its implications. He is coauthor of Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age (MIT, 2005) and has written articles and chapters relevant to this project in Deliberation, Democracy, and the Media (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), the New York