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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.

Tisch College Postdoc in Civic Science

Facebook25 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 26Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life will award a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Civic Science for the 2019-20 academic year (June 1, 2019-May 31, 2020). This postdoctoral fellowship is offered in partnership with the Charles … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King describes the activists for civil rights

Facebook12 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 13On Sept. 10, 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. published an op-ed in the New York Times entitled “The Time for Freedom has Come.” To the best of my knowledge, it is his most extensive description of … Continue reading

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game theory and the shutdown

Facebook19 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 20In game theory, you model a real-world situation by simplifying it to depict a finite group of “players” who are defined by preferences and choices. You predict outcomes based on how these players will choose. The structure … Continue reading

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syllabus of Introduction to Civic Studies, spring 2019

Facebook48 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 49I am about to start teaching Intro to Civic Studies with my colleague Erin Kelly. Here is our syllabus, minus the grading rules, office hours, etc. January 17: Introduction: A case from the Pluralism project to spur discussion … Continue reading

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unveiling a systems map for k-12 civic education

Facebook33 Twitter2 Google+1Total: 36?? This is a systems map for k-12 civic education, developed for the CivXNow coalition and intended to guide the coalition and its members and allies. You can explore it here and also drill down to a more … Continue reading

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an expert class and the grassroots

Facebook36 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 37(Menlo Park, CA) Here I am at Facebook, posting on Facebook. I’m with about 160 other people, and we’re having a valuable conversation about how to measure and assess civic education. (The space is leant to us … Continue reading

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was Aristotle right about what we must know to be good citizens?

Facebook12 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 13Let’s posit that a good citizen should be able to a) form ideas about what would improve her community or society, b) understand how decisions about such matters are actually made and who has power to make … Continue reading

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this blog turns 16

Facebook14 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 15I posted a first blog on January 8, 2003. For more than a decade, I was an obsessive blogger, posting once every single work day. Sometimes, while traveling, I would go to serious lengths to get online … Continue reading

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architecture of the 2010s

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10These are brand-new or planned buildings within walking distance of our home in Cambridge, MA. I see this kind of design all over Boston and have also noticed it as far away as Kyiv. The typical urban … Continue reading

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a template for analyzing an institution

Facebook50 Twitter1 Google+1Total: 52If you want to analyze an institution–whether it’s the local police department, marriage, or Facebook–an excellent guide is the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) Framework developed by Elinor Ostrom and colleagues, which is an encapsulation of the … Continue reading

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