Professor of Political Science and Public Administration
Winona State University
Kara Lindaman is a professor of political science and public administration at Winona State University. Earning her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, she studies the policy process and citizen engagement in wicked problems, primarily morality policies and budgeting practices. She teaches courses in public administration in the fields of public service, public budgeting and finance, and public policy, and is fortunate to have advised many students-citizens into public service.
Since 2009 she is the campus coordinator of the Association of American State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) American Democracy Project, through initiatives as Economic Inequality, Civic Health, Campus Votes Project, and deliberative polling. This has led to numerous opportunities to work with colleagues and students as moderators and in deliberation. Recently Winona State received the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Ballot Bowl Award, 2016, 2018, for registering the highest percentage of students as voters for the Minnesota State system, and earned national recognition through the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) reports.
She is an ambassador of the NIFI Board of Directors and and also serves as the NCAA Faculty Ahtletic Representative for Winona State University and the faculty advisor to Pi Sigma Alpha, the College Democrats and College Republicans. Through her work with the Kettering Foundation, she focuses on democratic practices to think and talk differently across differences in fulfillment of the core commitments to higher education in “taking seriously the perspectives of others” and “educating for personal and social responsibility.”