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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.

Civic Studies Major’s courses for fall 2020

Facebook16 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 17This is an unofficial list of the courses that will count for Civic Studies at Tufts next fall. It is likely to change a bit at the margins but gives an insight into our curriculum. Cluster: Civic … Continue reading

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Tufts University’s Tisch College launches Center for State Policy Analysis

Facebook137 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 138This new center is consistent with a recommendation in our report entitled MassForward: Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts. From the official announcement: MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (Feb. 13, 2020)–Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life today announced … Continue reading

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discussing school choice

Facebook37 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 38In my public policy course, we are discussing school choice as an opportunity for exploring theoretical issues (What is a market versus a state? What is a public good versus a private good?); empirical questions (What happens … Continue reading

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how many foundings has the US had?

Facebook15 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 16Here are six answers to the question in my heading. Arguments can be made in favor of each. The founding took place from 1776-1789, from the Declaration to the Constitution. Although the architects of the new republic … Continue reading

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youth in the Iowa caucuses

Facebook67 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 68Posted just now by CIRCLE: Young people had an extraordinary impact on the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, representing a higher share of the overall vote than in previous caucuses and propelling Sen. Bernie Sanders to one of the top … Continue reading

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Facebook26 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 27The young speak to say something, to make a name.The old repeat to hold themselves the same. Midlife is for any age, a state of mind.It’s saying what you think you’d better say,Like it or not, because … Continue reading

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inequality in India and the UK, 1930 and today

Facebook7 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 8(Baton Rouge, LA) In 1930, Gandhi wrote to the Viceroy of India–one of innumerable such letters. His thesis: British rule in India was a “curse.” Among his complaints: the Viceroy was paid five thousand times as much … Continue reading

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where to focus your political energies

Facebook225 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 226Everyone should read Politics Is for Power: How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take Action, and Make Real Change by my friend and colleague Eitan Hersh. It is a gentle and disarming critique of how many of … Continue reading

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what kind of a good is education?

Facebook19 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 20In Making Up Our Mind: What School Choice is Really About (University of Chicago Press, 2019), Sigal R. Ben-Porath and Michael C. Johanek write that education is a private good, a public good, and a positional good. These … Continue reading

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Martin Luther and Martin Luther King

Facebook8 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 9In my course on the thought of Martin Luther King, as we explore various influences on MLK, we are spending some time on the influence of Protestant theology, and specifically, the debates within American Lutheranism that King … Continue reading

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