Author Archives: Peter

About Peter

Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.

some thoughts on natural law

Facebook0 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 2 Those RULES of old discover’d, not devis’d,Are Nature still, but Nature methodis’d;Nature, like liberty, is but restrain’dBy the same laws which first herself ordain’d. – Pope, An Essay on Criticism (writing here of aesthetic laws) … … Continue reading

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Apply for the Summer Institute of Civic Studies

Facebook94 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 96The Summer Institute of Civic Studies is an intensive interdisciplinary seminar that brings together faculty, advanced graduate students, and practitioners from many countries and diverse fields of study. In 2020 it will take place from the evening of June 18 until … Continue reading

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empathy boosts polarization

Facebook52 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 53In a new article,* Elizabeth Simas, Scott Clifford, and Justin Kirkland provide evidence that empathy is not a solution to partisan polarization in the US. Quite the contrary: people who demonstrate more “empathic concern” are more likely … Continue reading

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syllabus of a public policy course

Facebook72 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 74I’m teaching Public Policy Analysis to undergraduate this spring–a new course. I’ve pasted the working syllabus (minus the grading rubric, rules about technology, and other practicalities) below. As always, comments and suggestions are welcome. I don’t think … Continue reading

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Apply for the Second Annual APSA Institute for Civically Engaged Research (ICER) at Tufts University’s Tisch College, June 15-18, 2020

Facebook10 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 11Scholars in many disciplines are grappling with how to produce rigorous scholarship that addresses significant social challenges in collaboration with communities, organizations, and agencies. They strive to learn from those working outside of academia, to benefit from … Continue reading

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confidence in local institutions–new data

Facebook4 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 5For the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, RAND’s Social and Economic Well-Being Team conducts a regular and large representative survey of National Health Attitudes (authors: Katherine Grace Carman, Anita Chandra, Sarah Weilant, Carolyn Miller, and Margaret Tait.) It … Continue reading

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Frontiers of Democracy: June 18-20, 2020

Facebook29 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 30Frontiers of Democracy is an annual conference hosted by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University since 2009. In 2020, the conference will take place from June 18 (5 pm) until June 20 (noon) at the downtown … Continue reading

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draft syllabus of a course on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Facebook35 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 36This spring, I will be teaching a capstone seminar on the life and thought of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The draft syllabus is below (minus grading rubrics, policies, etc.). At this stage, I welcome suggestions! Summary In … Continue reading

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notes from India

Facebook20 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 21My family and I were in Delhi and Rajasthan over the winter break, and I cannot resist some notes. I offer them with intellectual humility, understanding that India is a vastly complex place, our experience was superficial, … Continue reading

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job openings in youth civic engagement

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10This is the latest in an occasional series … CIRCLE (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & engagement here at Tisch College) is searching for a Project Manager. They are looking for someone with advanced … Continue reading

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