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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.

the youth vote in Super Tuesday

Facebook74 Twitter2Total76CIRCLE has released detailed information on youth voting in South Carolina and Super Tuesday. I’m seeing a lot of commentary on disappointing youth turnout, some of it leading with Bernie Sanders’ remark, “Have we been as successful as I … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King as a philosopher

Facebook14 Twitter1Total15I am teaching a seminar on the political philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The salient issues include race and racism, peace and violence, the nature of democracy, and the meaning of American history. At the same time, I … Continue reading

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Civic Science at Tisch College

Facebook32 Twitter2Total34Tufts University, Tisch College, Medford, MA – Tufts University Open Date: Feb 28, 2020. Deadline: May 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time Description Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life will award a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Civic Science for the 2020-21 … Continue reading

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two models for analyzing policy

Facebook25 Twitter1Total26Here is a rather standard model for policy analysis, representing the content of a fairly typical public policy course or a textbook such as Eugene Bardach’s A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis (2000). The analyst is a professional: a staffer, … Continue reading

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the 2020 election in the shadow of the Iraq War

Facebook13 Twitter1Total14Polls usually show that foreign policy is a low-priority issue in US political campaigns. This year is no exception: asked to choose one priority, just 13 percent of prospective voters recently selected foreign policy. But I think the Iraq … Continue reading

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practical lessons from classic cases of civil disobedience

Facebook27 Twitter1Total28I have been teaching two classic examples of civil disobedience or satyagraha—Gandhi’s Salt March and the Montgomery Bus Boycott—to very smart and committed undergraduates. The readings are listed below. As I reflect on our discussions, I’m thinking about two … Continue reading

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The French Republic denounces the French State

Facebook9 Twitter1Total10 “In tribute to the thousands of Jews of the Rhone who were tortured and executed, deported and exterminated in 1942, 1943, and 1944. Let the locations of their martyrdom be engraved in our memory: Fort Montluc, The School … Continue reading

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nature includes our inner lives

Facebook9 Twitter1Total10(posted in Montreal) For natural philosophy everything perceived is in nature. We may not pick up and choose. For us the red glow of the sunset should be as much part of nature as are the molecules and electric … Continue reading

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Civic Studies Major’s courses for fall 2020

Facebook22 Twitter1Total23This 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 Action and … Continue reading

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

Facebook138 Twitter1Total139This 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 the creation … Continue reading

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