Peter Levine

Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University

Barnum Hall, Tufts University, Medford, MA 020155; 617-627 2302


Oxford University, Balliol College: doctorate in philosophy, Rhodes Scholar (1992)

Yale University: B.A. in philosophy, Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, distinction in the major (1989)

Awards and Honors

  • American Political Science Association’s Civic Engagement Section, Established Leader Award (2022)
  • Tufts University Dean’s Medal for service to the university (2021)
  • City of Cambridge (MA) Sidewalk Poetry Prize for “When the Lotus Bloomed” (2020)
  • Alpheus Henry Snow Prize, for the “senior who, through the combination of intellectual achievement, character, and personality, shall be adjudged by the
    faculty to have done the most for Yale” (1989)
  • Rhodes Scholarship (1988)
  • Jacob Cooper Prize for the best essay in ancient philosophy by a Yale graduate or undergraduate student (1986; again in 1988)
  • Andrew White Prize in European History at Yale (1987)
  • E. Francis Riggs Prize at Yale “for demonstrating the best knowledge of general culture” (1986)


Tufts University:

  • Academic Dean, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service (2018-present): responsible for the academic mission of Tisch College, the undergraduate Major in Civic Studies, and various research projects involving the College.
  • Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs (2012-present).
  • Full professor, Department of Political Science (2017-present)
  • Other Tufts appointments: Department of Philosophy (since 2012); Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (2017-present); Science and Technology Studies (since 2018); International Relations (since 2019)
  • Associate Dean for Research, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service (2014- 2018). 
  • Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (2008-2015)


  • Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Institute, Democratic Governance Program: visitor (January-June 2022)
  • Johns Hopkins: (nonresident) Visiting Research Professor in the SNF Agora Institute in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020)
  • University of Maryland: Deputy Director of CIRCLE (2001-2005), Director of CIRCLE (2006-2008), Research Scholar, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy (1993-2008). I was also an affiliate faculty member of the Philosophy Department and a member of the University’s Committee on Philosophy, Politics, and Public Policy.
  • National Commission on Civic Renewal: Deputy Director (half-time role in 1997 and 1998). The Commission was chaired by Hon. William Bennett and Senator Sam Nunn, and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
  • Common Cause: Research Associate and registered federal lobbyist (1991-1993)
  • Harold Rosenthal Fellow in International Relations, placed at USAID, summer 1989

Organizational Leadership

Fiduciary boards

  • Everyday Democracy (formerly Paul J. Aicher Foundation), Director (2009-present)
  • AmericaSPEAKS, Director (2006-13)
  • Discovering Justice, board member(2013-present)
  • Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Trustee (2004-present; program committee chair 2012-14)
  • Newspaper Association of America Foundation, Trustee (2007- 2009)
  • Street Law, Inc., Director (2004-present)

Steering committees

  • National Academy of Education (NAEd) Steering Committee on Civic Reasoning and Discourse (2019-)
  • Educating for American Democracy Project, funded by National Endowment for the Humanities and US Dept. of Education: Co-Principal Investigator (2019-21); Implementation Consortium steering committee member (2021-)
  • CivXNow, advisory council, formerly Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, executive committee (2003-present; chair 2003-6)
  • Deliberative Democracy Consortium, co-founder and executive committee (2002-2020)
  • National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Civics Standing Committee (2008-2013; 2014-present) and NAEP Background Variables Committee (2008-2010)
  • Council of Chief State School Officers committee drafting voluntary Common Core State Standards for the Social Studies; Chair of the Civics Committee
  • National Alliance for Civic Education (NACE); co-founder (2000-2008)

Other non-fiduciary boards: AAA&S Defining Civic Culture Working Group (2023); Advisory Group to Convergence and Interfaith America on Service and Bridging (2023); America’s Promise Research Council; Advisory Board; American Bar Association Standing Committee on Public Education Advisory Commission (2005-9); eJournal of Public Affairs (since 2011); MTV’s Democracy Class (early 2000s; Maryland Task Force on Civic Literacy (gubernatorial appointment, 2006-9); Generation Citizen; Fair Vote Research Advisory Committee; iCivics (since 2014); The Democracy Imperative (University of New Hampshire); National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College (since 2014); Obama Campaign Education Policy Committee (March 2007-November 2008) and Urban Policy Committee (May 2008-November 2008); Cambridge University’s Forum for Youth Participation & Democracy International Advisory Group (2011-14); Center for Engaged Democracy, Merrimack College (since 2012); Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Action Network Steering Committee (since 2012); Council of the American Commonwealth Partnership (since 2012); National Academy of Education Commission on Civic Reasoning & Discourse (2019-20); Nonprofit Vote (ca. 2010-2022); Youth Service America Academic Council (2012-2018); California Civic Engagement Project (since 2012); Campus Election Engagement Project (2013-2018); Millennial Action Project (since 2013); CivicLEADS (since 2015); Civic Influencers (since 2021).

Tufts committees: Vice Provost’s Research Council, University College Faculty, Priority Area Reseaerch Group on Equity (co-PI); Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHaT) board, the Data Intensive Studies Center (DISC) advisory board; COVID-19 Research Steering Committee; University College Faculty; Bridging Differences initiative; Scholarship Committee (Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright); Scholars at Risk Committee. Search committees for Tufts’ Provost, Vice Provost for Research, Vice Provost for Faculty, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Dean of Tisch College, and Director of the Data Intensive Studies Center (DISC).

Student leadership: Yale College Council (undergraduate student government): vice president (1986-7) and president (1987-8). Focused on issues of community service and civic engagement, participating in some of the national discussions that led to the Points of Light initiative and then AmeriCorps, and working with others to begin a paid summer service program for Yale undergraduates.


As sole author

  1. What Should We Do? A Theory of Civic Life (Oxford University Press, 2022)
  2. We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  3. Reforming the Humanities: Literature and Ethics from Dante through Modern Times (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  4. The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens (Tufts University Press, 2007).
  5. The New Progressive Era: Toward a Fair and Deliberative Democracy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000)
  6. Living Without Philosophy: On Narrative, Rhetoric, and Morality (Albany: SUNY Press, 1998)
  7. Something to Hide, a novel (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996)
  8. Nietzsche and the Modern Crisis of the Humanities (Albany: SUNY Press, 1995)

Edited works

  1. Special Issue of The Good Society (the journal of Civic Studies) on “Reintegrating Facts, Values, and Strategies,” vol. 26, no. 2-3 (2017)
  2. Peter Levine and Karol Edward Soltan, eds., Civic Studies: Approaches to the Emerging Field (American Association of Colleges & Universities, 2014)
  3. James Youniss and Peter Levine, eds., Engaging Young People in Civic Life (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009)
  4. John Gastil and Peter Levine, eds., The Deliberative Democracy Handbook: Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the Twenty-First Century (Jossey-Bass, 2005). Mandarin translation, Taiwan, 2012; Japanese translation, 2013; Korean translation, 2019

Special project

The Anachronist, a 75,000-word work of interactive fiction, published in The Florida Review, July 2018.

Peer-reviewed scholarly articles

(Sole authored by Peter Levine unless otherwise noted.)

  1. “People are Not Points in Space: Network Models of Beliefs and Discussions,” accepted by Critical Review; in press
  2. Elyssa Anneser, Peter Levine, Kevin J. Lane, & Laura Corlin, “Climate stress and anxiety, environmental context, and civic engagement: A nationally representative study, Journal of Environmental Psychology (2023)
  3. “Politics by Other Means: Civic Education in a Time of Controversy,” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 705(1), Nov. 2023, 24-38
  4. “The Democratic Mission of Higher Education: A Review Essay,” Political Science Quarterly, Volume 139, Issue 1, Spring 2024, pp. 95–105
  5. “Boredom at the Border of Philosophy: Conceptual and Ethical Issues.” Frontiers in Sociology, July 2023
  6. Anneser E, Stopka TJ, Naumova EN, Spangler KR, Lane KJ, Acevedo A, Griffiths JK, Lin Y, Levine P, Corlin L. Environmental equity and COVID-19 experiences in the United States: Results from three survey waves of a nationally representative study conducted between 2020-2022. medRxiv [Preprint]. 2023 May 17:2023.05.16.23290050. doi: 10.1101/2023.05.16.23290050. PMID: 37293071; PMCID: PMC10246057.
  7. “Mapping Ideologies as Networks of Ideas,” Journal of Political Ideologies, 2022 10.1080/13569317.2022.2138293
  8. Tan, Yuanru, Binrui Yang, Brendan Eagan and Peter Levine (2022) “Using Ordered Network Analysis to Visualize Ideologies in Political Survey Data” (poster). International Conference on Quantitative Ethnography, Copenhagen, October.
  9. Levine, P., & Abromowitz, D. (2022) Challenges Reported by Candidates for Local Office. State and Local Government, vol. 55, issue 2.
  10. Acevedo A, Feng W, Corlin L, Allen JD, Levine P, Stopka TJ (2022) Experiences with and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by substance use disorder in the early phase of pandemic in the United States: A cross-sectional survey, 2020. PLoS ONE 17(7): e0271788.
  11. “Social Movements and Stakeholder Engagement,” in D. Lerner, M.E. Palm, T.W. Concannon (eds) Broadly Engaged Team Science in Clinical and Translational Research. Springer, 2022, pp. 67-74.
  12. Thomas J. Stopka, Wenhui Feng, Laura Corlin, Erin King, Jayanthi Mistry, Wendy Mansfield, Ying Wang, Peter Levine & Jennifer D. Allen, “Assessing equity in health, wealth, and civic engagement: a nationally representative survey, United States, 2020,” International Journal for Equity in Health (2022) 21:12
  13. Porteny, T., Corlin, L., Allen, J.D. , Monahan, K. Acevedo, A., Stopka, T, Levine, P. and Ladin, K. Associations among political voting preference, high-risk health status, and preventative behaviors for COVID-19. BMC Public Health 22, 225 (2022).
  14. “Political Thought as Networks of Ideas,” conference paper for “Coexisting in a Pluralist Society” (Institute for Humane Studies, May 28-29, 2021), revised subsequently for potential publication
  15. “Individuals’ Ideologies as Networks” (poster), American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Sept 30-Oct 3, 2021
  16. “Deliberation as an Epistemic Network: A Method for Analyzing Discussion,” with Brendan Eagan & David Williamson Shaffer, in Barbara Wasson and Szilvia Zörg? (Eds.), Advances in Quantitative Ethnography, proceedings of the Third International Conference, ICQE 2021 Virtual Event, November 6–11, 2021 (Springer Switzerland, 2022), pp. 17-33.
  17. Saskia Eschenbacher and Peter Levine, “Reconsidering the Roots of Transformative Education: Habermas and Mezirow,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Learning for Transformation (Cham, Switzerland, 2022), pp. 45-58
  18. “Preface,” PS: Political Science & Politics symposium on Civically Engaged Research (2021), 1-4 (with Amy Cabrera Rasmussen, Robert Lieberman, Valeria Sinclair-Chapman & Rogers Smith)
  19. “The Health and Housing Study: Nutrition-Related Outcomes Among Low- to Moderate-Income Individuals Living in or Seeking to Live in New Subsidized Chinatown-Based Housing” (with Ana Maafs-Rodríguez, Jennifer Pust, Mehreen Ismail, Laurie Goldman, Angie Liou, & Virginia Chomitz), poster, American Society for Nutrition, June 2021
  20. Carolyn L Rubin, Virginia R. Chomitz, Carolyn Woo, Giles Li, Susan Koch-Weser, and Peter Levine, “Arts, Culture, and Creativity as a Strategy for Countering the Negative Social Impacts of Immigration Stress and Gentrification,” with , Health Promotion Practices, vol 22 (May 2021), pp. 131S-140S.
  21. “Does the Civic Renewal Movement Have a Future?” The Hastings Center Report, vol. 51, Issue S1 (2021), pp. S10-S14
  22. “APSA Presidential Task Force Report on New Partnerships.” PS: Political Science & Politics, vol. 53, no. 4 (2020), pp. 847-849. With Rogers Smith, Amy Cabrera Rasmussen, William Galston, Hahrie Han, Tyson King-Meadows, et al.
  23. “Environmental Equity and COVID-19 Experiences Among and Nationally Representative Cohort,” International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, August 2021 (with Elyssa Anesser, Thomas Stopka, Elena Naumova et al)
  24. “Why Protect Civil Liberties during a Pandemic?” Journal of Public Health Policy, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 154-159
  25. “Theorizing Democracy in a Pandemic,” Democratic Theory, vol. 7, issue 2 (2020), pp. 134–142.
  26. “The Complexity of Civic Life,” The Bridge (the quarterly of the National Academy of Engineering), vol. 50, no. 4 (Winter 2020), pp. 34-6
  27. “Citizens against Domination: A Critical Reading of Ian Shapiro,” The Good Society, vol. 28, No. 1-2 (2019), pp. 1-8.
  28. “Dialogic Analysis: Using Epistemic Network Analysis to Model Dialogic Interactions,” American Educational Research Association symposium paper, April 6, 2018 (with David Williamson Shaffer, Gideon Dishon, Brendan Eagan, Sara Tabatabai, and Zachary Swiecki).
  29. “Habermas with a Whiff of Tear Gas: Nonviolent Campaigns and Deliberation in an Era of Authoritarianism,” Journal of Public Deliberation, vol. 14, issue 2 (2018), article 4.
  30. “Introduction: On Reintegrating Facts, Values, Strategies,” The Good Society, vol. 26, no. 2-3
  31. Deliberation or Simulated Deliberation?. Democracy and Education, 26 (1), 2018, Article 7.
  32. Jonathan Garlick & Peter Levine, “Where Civic Meets Science: Building Science for the Public Good Through Civic Science,” Oral Diseases, vol. 23, issue 6 (Sept 2017) pp. 685–812. Winner of the Prof. Crispian Scully Best Paper Award for 2017.
  33. “Media Literacy for the 21st Century. A Response to ‘The Need for Media Education in Democratic Education,’” Democracy and Education, vol. 23, no. 1, Article 15 (2015)
  34. “Talking about this Generation: The Millennials and Politics,” Extensions, Summer 2015, pp. 4-9
  35. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg & Peter Levine, “Diversity in Classrooms: The Relationship between Deliberative and Associative Opportunities in School and Later Electoral Engagement,” Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, vol. 14, no. 1 (2014), pp. 294-414
  36. “A Defense of Higher Education and Its Civic Mission,” Journal of General Education vol. 63, no. 1 (2014), pp. 47-56
  37. “The Case for Civic Studies,” in Peter Levine and Karol Edward Soltan, eds., Civic Studies: Approaches to the Emerging Field (American Association of Colleges & Universities, 2014), pp. 3-8
  38. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg & Peter Levine, “Policy Effects on Informed Political Engagement,” American Behavioral Scientist, vol. 58 no. 5  (May 2014), pp. 665-688
  39. “The Civic Mission of Higher Education at a Time of Democratic Disconnect,” Partnerships: A Journal of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, vol. 4, no. 2 (Oct. 2013), online
  40. Karol Soltan and Peter Levine, “The Summer Institute of Civic Studies: An Introduction,” The Good Society, vol. 22, Number 2, 2013
  41. “Review Symposium: Race in America. A Discussion of Cathy J. Cohen’s Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics,” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 10, no. 3, September 2012, pp. 757-760
  42. Kerry Poole, Michael Berson & Peter Levine, “On Becoming a Legislative Aide: Enhancing Civic Engagement through a Digital Simulation,” Action in Teacher Education, vol. 32, no 4 (2011), pp. 70-82
  43. “Seeing like a Citizen: The Contributions of Elinor Ostrom to ‘Civic Studies,’” The Good Society, vol. 20, no. 1 (2011), pp. 3-14
  44. Jonathan Cohen, Terry Pickeral & Peter Levine, “The Foundation for Democracy: Promoting Social, Emotional, Ethical,Cognitive Skills and Dispositions in K-12 Schools,” Revista Interamerica de Educación para la Democracia, vol. 3, no. 1 (April 2010), pp. 74-94
  45. Constance Flanagan & Peter Levine, “Youth Civic Engagement During the Transition to Adulthood,” in Mary Waters, Gordon Berlin, and Frank Furstenberg (eds.), Transition to Adulthood, (Princeton/Brookings: The Future of Children), vol. 20, no. 1, Spring 2010, pp. 159-180.
  46. Mark Hugo Lopez, Kenneth Dautrich, David Yalof & Peter Levine, “Schools, Education Policy and the Future of the First Amendment, Political Communication, vol. 26, no. 1, January-March 2009
  47. Robert M. Hollister, Nancy Wilson & Peter Levine, “Educating Students to Foster Active Citizenship,” PeerReview, vol. 10, no. 2/3, spring/summer 2008/
  48. “The Civic Engagement of Young Immigrants: Why Does it Matter?” Applied Developmental Science, volume 12, issue 2 (April 2008), pp. 102-104.
  49. Peter Levine & Rose Marie Nierras, “Activists’ Views of Deliberation,” Journal of Public Deliberation, vol. 3, no. 1 (2007), article 4
  50. Archon Fung, John Gastil, & Peter Levine, “Future Directions for Public Deliberation,” Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 1: No. 1, Article 3 (2005). Also appears as Chapter 19 of Gastil and Levine, eds., Handbook of Public Deliberation
  51. Mark Hugo Lopez & Peter Levine, “What We Should Know about the Effectiveness of Campaigns but Don’t,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 601 (Sept. 2005), pp. 180-191
  52. “The Problem of Online Misinformation and the Role of Schools,” Studies in Media & Information Literacy Education, volume 5, issue 1 (February 2005)
  53. “What is the Role of Government Supported Medical Websites?” Library and Information Science Electronic Journal (LIBRES), vol. 14, issue 2, September 2004
  54. “A Movement for the Commons?” The Responsive Community, vol. 13, no. 4 (Fall 2003), pp. 28-39
  55. “Information Technology and the Social Construction of Information Privacy: Comment,” Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Volume 22, Issue 3, May-June 2003, pp. 281-285
  56. “Building the E-Commons,” The Good Society, vol. 11, no. 3 (2003), pp. 1-9
  57. Keats Against Dante: The Sonnet on Francesca da Rimini,” Keats-Shelley Journal, vol. LI (2002), pp. 76-93
  58. “The Legitimacy of Labor Unions,” The Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal, vol. 18, no. 2 (Spring, 2001), pp. 529-573. A Chinese translation was authorized for Global Law Review, a quarterly law journal published by the Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  59. “Why Dante Damned Francesca da Rimini,” Philosophy & Literature, vol. 23 (October, 1999), pp. 334-350
  60. “Nietzsche and the Greeks,” The International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Spring 1998, pp. 527-529
  61. William A. Galston & Peter Levine, “America’s Civic Condition: A Glance at the Evidence,” The Brookings Review, vol. 15, no. 4 (Fall 1997), pp. 23-26. This article is reprinted in E.J. Dionne, Jr., editor, Community Works: The Revival of Civil Society in America (Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 1998), pp. 30-36
  62. Lolita and Aristotle’s Ethics,” Philosophy and Literature, volume 19, number 1 (April, 1995), pp. 32-47

Invited chapters

  1. Sunah Hyun, Diane M. Ryan, and Peter Levine, “Developing Civic Character,” in the Multidisciplinary Handbook of Character Development, edited by Mike Matthews and Richard M. Lerner (in press)
  2. “Putting the US Constitution in Its Place,” in Citizenship and Civic Leadership in America, edited by Carol McNamara and Trevor Shelly (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2022), pp. 281-292.
  3. (with Tetyana Kloubert) “Politische Bildung in den USA,” in Wolfgang Sander and Kerstin Pohl (eds.), Handbuch politische Bildung (Frankfurt: Wochenshau, 2022)
  4. “’What Should We Do?’ The Bloomington School and the Citizen’s Core Question,” in Ostrom’s Tensions: Reexamining the Political Economy and Public Policy of Elinor C. Ostrom, eds. Roberta Q. Herzberg, Paul Dragos Aligica, and Peter J. Boettke. Arlington, VA: Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2019.
  5. Introduction to Florian Wenzel and Christian Boeser-Schnebel, A Manual on “Village Talk” (with Tetjana Kloubert, Stiftung Mitarbeit, 2018).
  6. “The Possibilities of Policy Relative to the Purposes of Civic Education” and a response to Beth Rubin’s commentary on that chapter, in Paul G. Fitchett and Kevin W. Meuwissen, eds., Social Studies in the New Education Policy Era: Conversations on Purposes, Perspectives, and Practices (Routledge, 2018), pp. 67-71 and 78-80.
  7. Peter Levine and Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, “Preparing for Civic Life.” In Rafael Heller, Rebecca E.,Wolfe & Adria Steinberg (eds)., Rethinking Readiness: Deeper Learning for College, Work, and Life (Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2017), pp. 59-79
  8. Jodi Benenson, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Peter Levine, and Felicia M. Sullivan, “Youth as Part of the Solution: Youth Engagement as a Core Strategy of Comprehensive Community Initiatives,” in Jonathan F. Zaff, Elizabeth Pufall Jones, Alice E. Donlan, Sara Anderson (eds.), Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Positive Youth Development (New York: Routledge, 2016)
  9. Peter Levine & Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, “State Policies for Civic Education,” in Esther Thorson, Mitchell S. McKinney, and Dhavan Shah, eds., Political Socialization in a Media-Saturated World (New York: Peter Lang, 2016), pp. 113-24.
  10. “Democracy in the Digital Age,” The Civic Media Reader, edited by Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016), pp. 29-47.
  11. “Practice and Theory in the Service of Social Change,” in Margaret Post, Elaine Ward, Nicholas Longo, and John Saltmarsh (eds.), Voices of the Next Generation of Engagement (Stylus, 2016)
  12. Youth Disaffection with Politics: The US Case,” in Pedro Pérez Herrero (ed.) Desaffección política y gobernabilidad: el reto politico (Madrid: Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Latinamericanos, 2015), pp. 45-60
  13. “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: The Economic Impact of Public Work,” in Harry C. Boyte, ed., Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities (Vanderbilt University Press, 2015), pp. 204-210.
  14. “Civic Engagement” in Emerging Trends in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, edited by Robert A. Scott and Stephen M. Kosslyn (John Wiley & Sons, 2015)
  15. “Civic Renewal: Theory and Practice,” in Richard Marback (ed.) Generations: Rethinking Age and Citizenship (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2015)
  16. “Education for Civil Society,” in David Campbell, Meira Levinson, and Frederick M. Hess (eds.), Civics 2.0: Citizenship Education for a New Generation (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2012), pp. 37-56.
  17. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg & Peter Levine, “Investing In Civic Health – A Case for Strengthening Civic Infrastructure and Civic Education,” in Thomas Bryer (ed) Higher Education Beyond Job Creation: Universities, Citizenship, and Community (Lexington Books, 2014)
  18. “A New Hull-House? The Monumental Challenge of Service-Learning and Community Engagement,” in Dan W. Butin and Scott Seider (eds.), The Engaged Campus: Certificates, Minors, and Majors as the New Community Engagement (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2012), pp. 171-6
  19. “An Ethical Turn for the Humanities,” in Rethinking the Humanities: Paths and Challenges, edited by Ricardo Gil Soeiro and Sofia Tavares (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2012), pp. 129-142.
  20. “Civic Studies as an Academic Discipline” in Donald W. Harwood (ed.), Civic Provocations, Bringing Theory to Practice Monograph, 2012
  21. “Patriotism Can Serve Constructive Purposes in Education,” in Noel Merino, ed., Current Controversies: Patriotism (Greenhaven Press, 2011), pp. 107-13
  22. Barry Checkoway, Richard Guarasci & Peter Levine, “Reuniting the ‘Often Neglected’ Aims of Liberal Education,” in Don Harward, ed., Transforming Undergraduate Education: Theory that Compels and Practices that Succeed (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield), 2011, pp. 109-24
  23. “Letter to President Obama: A Policy Approach for the Federal Government,” in David Feith (ed.), Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), pp. 209-217.
  24. Nancy Thomas & Peter Levine, “Deliberative Democracy and Higher Education: Higher Education’s Democratic Mission,” in John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley, eds., To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2011)
  25. Jonathan F. Zaff, Daniel Hart, Constance A. Flanagan, James Youniss & Peter Levine, “Developing Civic Engagement within a Civic Context,” The Handbook of Life-Span Development (John Wiley & Sons, 2010)
  26. Elizabeth Hollander, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Duncan Picard, Jonathan Zaff & Peter Levine, “Assessing the Effects of Institutional Culture on Leadership Education at Tufts University,” in Nicholas V. Longo and Cynthia M. Gibson, eds., From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities (University Press of New England, 2011), pp. 169-87.
  27. “Social Accountability as Public Work,” in Sina Odugbemi and Taeku Lee, eds, Accountability through Public Opinion: From Inertia to Public Action (Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2011), pp. 291-306
  28. “Service-Learning Research: Returning to the Moral Questions,” in Trae Stewart and Nicole Webster (eds.), Problematizing Service-Learning, Information Age Publishing, 2010, pp. 343-350
  29. Nancy Thomas & Peter Levine, “Deliberative Democracy and Higher Education: Higher Education’s Democratic Mission,” in John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley, eds., To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2011).
  30. “Civic Knowledge,” in Michael Edwards, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 362-374
  31. Peter Levine & Ann Higgins-D’Alessandro, “Youth Civic Engagement: Normative Issues,” chapter in Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement in Youth, edited by Lonnie Sherrod, Judith Torney-Purta, and Constance A. Flanagan (John Wiley & Sons, 2010)
  32. “A Public Voice for Youth: The Audience Problem in Digital Media and Civic Education,” in W. Lance Bennett (ed.), Civic Life Online: Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth (Cambridge, Mass. and London: MIT Press, 2007), pp. 119-138
  33. “Creative Use of the New Media” in Lonnie R. Sherrod, Ron Kassimir, and Connie Flanagan (eds.), Youth Activism: An International Encyclopedia (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2005)
  34. “Collective Action, Civic Engagement, and the Knowledge Commons,” in Charlotte Hess and Elinor Ostrom, eds., Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice (MIT Press, 2006). This is a revised version of “Youth-Led Research, the Internet, and Civic Engagement” (Digital Library of the Commons, 2004)
  35. “The Internet and Civil Society,” in Verna V. Gehring, ed., The Internet in Public Life  (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), pp. 79-98. This is arevised and updated version of “The Internet and Civil Society,” Report from the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy, vol. 20, no. 4, Fall 2000. This article originated as a talk on the same subject at the University of Tilburg (in the Netherlands). A long version has been published in a volume entitled Ethics and the Internet, edited by Anton Vedder (Oxford: Intersentia, 2001), pp. 177-193. In other versions it has been republished as “The Internet and Civil Society: Dangers and Opportunities” in iMP Magazine (May 2001) and by the Institute for Global Ethics’ Public Policy Program. A Hungarian translation by the Information Society Research Institute (Budapest) was authorized
  36. “Campaign Web Pages and the Public Interest,” in David M. Anderson and Michael Cornfield, eds., The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).
  37. Can the Internet Rescue Democracy? Toward an On-line Commons” in Ronald Hayduk and and Kevin Mattson (eds.), Democracy’s Moment: Reforming the American: Political System for the 21st Century (Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), pp. 121-137

Articles and monographs without formal peer review

  1. “La Universidad comprometida, más allá de la excelencia,” Espacios de educacion superior, Jan 23, 2023, via espaciosdeeducacionsuperior.e
  2. “The Montgomery Bus Boycott: An SNF Agora Case Study,” Johns Hopkins University SNF Agora Institute, January 2021
  3. with Liz McKenna, “The ISAIAH Trash Referendum: An SNF Agora Case Study,” Johns Hopkins University SNF Agora Institute, January 2021″
  4. “Educational Equity During A Pandemic,” Albert Shanker Institute, May 14, 2020
  5. “Joining the Movement,” Educational Leadership, vol. 77, no. 6 (March 2020), pp. 41-43
  6. “Can The Arts Combat The Negative Effects Of Gentrification?: The Pao Arts Center In Boston’s Chinatown,” National Endowment for the Arts Working Paper, 2019 (With Carolyn Rubin, Virginia Chomitz, and Carolyn Woo)_
  7. MassForward: Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts (Boston: MassINC, 2019) (with Benjamin Forman and Laurel Bliss)
  8. “The Role of Social Movements in Fostering Sounder Public Judgment,” Public Agenda Foundation’s Sounder Public Judgment Working Paper Series, October 2019.
  9. “Another Time for Freedom? Lessons from the Civil Rights Era for Today’s Campuses,” Liberal Education, Winter 2019, Vol. 105, No. 1.
  10. «Reflexiones críticas sobre el carácter predictivo de la Ciencia Política» trans. by Carolina Rusca) in Crítica y Resistencias. Revista de conflictos sociales latinoamericanos, no.6 (2018), pp.124-129
  11. “Review of Political Translation: How Social Movement Democracies Survive by Nicole Doerr (Cambridge University Press, 2018),” Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 14 : Iss. 1 , Article 10.
  12. Matthew N. Atwell, John Bridgeland, and Peter Levine, Civic Deserts: America’s Civic Health Challenge (Washington, DC, National Conference on Citizenship, 2017)
  13. Peter Levine and Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, “The Republic is (Still) at Risk—and Civics is Part of the Solution” (Medford, MA: Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University, 2017) with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Hewlett and McCormick Foundations
  14. “Saving Relational Politics,” Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 14, Issue 02, June 2016, pp. 468-473
  15. Public-Spirited Citizenship: Leadership and Good Government in the United States” (book review)Political Science Quarterly, vol. 131, Issue 4 (Winter 2016 ), pp. 896–897
  16. (with Myung J. Lee), “A New Model for Citizen Engagement,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2016
  17. “Join a club! Or a team – both can make good citizens,” Phi Delta Kappan, vol. 97, no. 8 (May 2016), pp 24-27
  18. (with Abby Kiesa), “Do We Actually Want Higher Youth Voter Turnout?” Stanford Social Innovation Review, March 21, 2016
  19. “The Question Each Citizen Must Ask,” Educational Leadership, March 2016, pp. 30-34.
  20. Review essay: Danielle S. Allen and Rob Reich (eds.) Education, Justice & Democracy, in Theory and Research in Education, vol. 13, no. 2 (July 2015), pp. 235-238
  21. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg & Peter Levine, “Challenges and Opportunities for Discussion of Controversial Issues in Racially Pluralistic Schools,” Social Education, vol. 79, no. 5 (Oct. 2015), p. 271-7
  22. Peter Levine and Eric Liu, “America’s Civic Renewal Movement: The View from Organizational Leaders” (Medford, MA: Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service, 2015).
  23. Peter Levine & Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, “Civic Education and Deeper Learning,” Students at the Center: Deeper Learning Research Series. Boston, MA: Jobs for the Future, 2014
  24. Marshall Croddy & Peter Levine “The C3 Framework: A Powerful Tool for Preparing Future Generations for Informed and Engaged Civic Life,” Social Education, vol. 78, no. 6 (2014), pp 282–285
  25. “Turning Students into Voters: What Teachers Can Do,” Social Education, 78(4), pp 175–178
  26. “Civic Studies,” in Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly, vol. 32, No 1 (2014).
  27. “Teaching the Deeper Aspects of Civic Education,” The Standard (National Association of State Boards of Education), March 24, 2014, pp. 37-39.
  28. “Forward,” to Elizabeth Lynn, State Councils, the Humanities, and the American Public (Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation, 2013), pp. 1-4.
  29. Meira Levinson & Peter Levine, “Taking Informed Action: The Civic Footprint to Prepare Students for Civic Life,” Social Education, vol. 77, no. 6 (Nov. 2013), pp. 339-41
  30. Peter Levine & Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, “Teaching Civics in a Time of Partisan Polarization,” Social Education, vol. 77, no 4 (2013), pp. 215-7.
  31. “What the NAEP Civics Assessment Measures and How Students Perform,” CIRCLE Fact Sheet, 2013
  32. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Chaeyoon Lim & Peter Levine, “Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds,” National Conference on Citizenship:
    Washington, DC, 2012
  33. Surbhi Godsay, Whitney Henderson, Peter Levine & Josh Littenberg-Tobias, “State Civic Education Requirements,” CIRCLE Fact Sheet (2013)
  34. Michelle J. Boyd, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Jonathan Zaff, & Peter Levine “Assessment Spotlight: Tufts University, Tisch College of Citizenship and
    Public Service,” Bringing Theory to Practice Newsletter, fall 2012.
  35. Surbhi Godsay, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Abby Kiesa, & Peter Levine, That’s Not Democracy”: How Out of School Youth Engage in Civic Life and What Stands in their Way, CIRCLE Monograph, 2012
  36. “How to Combat Incivility: A Policy Agenda for Civic Renewal,” Dispute Resolution Magazine, vol. 18, no. 2 (2012), pp. 24-26
  37. Civic Engagement and Community Information: Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication, A White Paper on the Civic Engagement Recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 2011
  38. “What Do We Know about Civic Engagement?” Liberal Education, vol. 97, no. 2 (Spring 2011), pp. 20-7
  39. “The Public and its Problems,” National Civic Review centennial edition, vol. 100, no. 1 (April 2011), pp. 42-50
  40. “Teaching and Learning Civility,” in Nancy L. Thomas (ed.), “Educating for Deliberative Democracy,” New Directions for Higher Education, no. 152
    (winter 2010), pp. 11-17
  41. “Reforming the Humanities: The Ethical Interpretation of Stories,” Intellectual News (the review of the International Society for Intellectual History), vol. 16 (2010), pp. 110-112
  42. Peter Levine & Ann Higgins d’Alessandro, “The Philosophical Foundations of Civic Education,” Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 3/4 (Summer/Fall 2010), pp. 21-7
  43. John M. Bridgeland & Peter Levine, “Civic Health in Hard Times,” Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, September 28, 2009
  44. “Making the Case: The Civic Case for Voluntary Student Groups,” Leadership for Student Activities, vol. 39, no. 9 (May 2009), pp. 16-17.
  45. “The Civic Opportunity Gap,” Educational Leadership, vol. 66, no. 8 (May 2009), pp. 20-25.
  46. “Civic Engagement for All: A Conversation with Peter Levine,” Northwest Education, vol. 14, no. 2 (Winter 2009), pp. 12-13
  47. Peter Levine, Constance A. Flanagan and Les Gallay, The Millennial Pendulum: A New Generation of Voters and the Prospects for a Political Realignment, New America Foundation monograph, February 2009
  48. Constance A. Flanagan, Peter Levine, and Richard Settersten, Civic Engagement and the Changing Transition to Adulthood, CIRCLE monograph, January
  49. Mark Hugo Lopez, Karlo Barrios Marcelo, & Peter Levine, Getting Narrower at the Base: The American Curriculum After NCLB, CIRCLE monograph, December, 2008.
  50. “The Case for Service,” Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, vol. 28, no. 3/4 (summer/fall 2008), pp. 2-8. Also anthologized in Sylvan Barnet and Hugo Bedau, eds., Current Issues and Enduring Questions (New York, St. Martin’s Press, 2011).
  51. “America’s Civic Health Index,” 2008, published by the National Conference on Citizenship in partnership with CIRCLE and the Saguaro Seminar. I was one of
    several authors and drafted the original text.
  52. Matt Leighninger & Peter Levine, “Education in a Rapidly Changing Democracy: Strengthening Civic Education for Citizens of All Ages,” The School Administrator, October 2008
  53. “The Engaged University: A Tale of Two Generations,” in David W. Brown and Deborah Witte, eds., Agent of Democracy: Higher Education and the HEX Journey (Dayton: Kettering Foundation Press, 2008), pp. 11-28.
  54. “Education and the Limits of Technocracy,” Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 3/4 (Summer/Fall 2007), pp. 17-21.
  55. (with several others) “America’s Civic Health Index,” 2007, published by the National Conference on Citizenship in partnership with CIRCLE and the Saguaro Seminar.
  56. “Learning and Democracy: Civic Education,” The Kettering Review, vol. 24, no. 3 (Fall 2006), pp. 32-42
  57. (With Mark Hugo Lopez and others), “The 2006 Civic and Political Health of the Nation” (CIRCLE, based on a nationally representative survey.)
  58. Broken Engagement: America’s Civic Engagement Index, A report by the National Conference on Citizenship in association with CIRCLE and the Saguaro Seminar (September 18, 2006): with 12 co-authors, but I was responsible for the data and quantitative analysis.
  59. “Civic Renewal in America,” Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 1/2 (winter/spring 2006), pp. 2-12
  60. “The Civic Mission of Schools: Chief Findings and Next Steps,” Knowledge Quest, vol. 34, no. 4 (March/April, 2006), pp. 20-22
  61. Politics is About Relationships by Harold H. Saunders” (book review), Connections (winter 2006), pp. 26-27
  62. “Youth Voting in 2004: The Myths and the Facts,” Wingspread Journal (2005), pp. 3-6
  63. “Journalism and Democracy: Does it Matter How Well the Press Covers Iraq?” National Civic Review, vol. 93, no. 3 (Fall 2004), pp. 16-24.
  64. (with David Brown and Robert Kingston) “What is ‘Public’ About What Academics Do? An Exchange with Robert Kingston and Peter Levine,” Higher Education Exchange, 2004 pp. 17-29
  65. “Civic Education” (letter), Education Next, Spring 2004, p. 5
  66. Mark Hugo Lopez & Peter Levine, “Themes Emphasized in Social Studies and Civics Classes: New Evidence,” CIRCLE fact sheet, Feb. 2004
  67. Cynthia Gibson & Peter Levine, “The Path To Consensus: Coalition-Building, Advocacy, Research and Communications Converge for Success in Carnegie/CIRCLE Program,” Gold Book (Alliance for Nonprofit Management), February 2004
  68. Mark Lopez & Peter Levine, “Young People and Political Campaigning on the Internet,” CIRCLE fact sheet, January 2004
  69. “The Idea of an Engaged University,” an interview of me by David Brown, Higher Education Exchange, 2003
  70. “The Civic Mission of Schools,” National Civic Review, winter 2003, pp. 63-5
  71. Mark Lopez & Peter Levine, “Youth Voter Turnout has Declined, by Any Measure,” CIRCLE publication, June 2002
  72. “The Libertarian Critique of Labor Unions,” Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, Volume 21, Number 4 (Fall 2001). Reprinted in William A. Shaw and Vincent Barry, eds., Moral Issues in Business (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2004), pp. 317-324.
  73. “Civic Renewal and the Commons of Cyberspace,” The National Civic Review, vol. 90, no. 3 (Fall 2001), pp. 205-211
  74. “Public Intellectuals and the Influence of Economics,” The Higher Education Exchange, 2001.
  75. “Lessons from the Brooklyn Museum Controversy,” Report from the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, vol. 20, no. 2/3, Summer 2000
  76. “Michael Edwards, Future Positive: International Co-operation in the 21st Century,” book review in the IDEA Newsletter, May 2000
  77. “Getting Practical About Deliberative Democracy,” The Report from the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Fall 1999
  78. “Hopeful Signs in America’s Civic Health,” press release and talk given at the Brookings Institution, Washington, June 18, 1999
  79. “The Index of National Civic Health (INCH),” a publication of the National Commission on Civic Renewal (1998).
  80. “Expert Analysis vs. Public Opinion: The Case of Campaign Finance Reform,” The Report from the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, summer, 1997. This article is anthologized in Social Problems, twenty-seventh edition, edited by Kurt Finsterbusch (McGraw Hill-Dushkin, 1999). A shorter version was published as “Cleaning Up Campaigns,” The Birmingham News, “Review & Comment” section, Sunday, August 17, 1997, p. C 1
  81. “Deliberation and Technical Reasoning,” a chapter in the Standing with the Public: The Humanities and Democratic Practice, edited by Noelle McAfee and Jim Veninga (Dayton, 1997)
  82. “Public Journalism and Deliberation,” Report from the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, winter, 1994. This article was reprinted in Theodore Lowi, et al., Readings for American Government (Norton, 2000)
  83. Five entries for the Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought, edited by Alan Bullock and Stephen Trombley, 1999 (“Will to Power,” “Eternal Return,” “ Ubermensch,” “Last Man,” and “Master Morality/Slave Morality”)
  84. “Consultants and American Political Culture,” Report from the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, summer/fall issue, 1994 This article was abridged in The Congressional Quarterly Researcher (1996)
  85. “Carol Gould, Rethinking Democracy,” Civic Arts Review (1989)
  86. Lawrence Cremin, American Education: The Metropolitan Experience” (book review), Civic Arts Review (Ohio Wesleyan University, 1988)

Op-Eds and Editorials

  1. (with Dayna Cunningham), “US democracy’s unaddressed flaws undermine Biden’s stand as democracy’s defender ? but Trump keeps favoring political violence,” The Conversation, March 19, 2024
  2. (with Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Jessica S. Lieberman, “Massachusetts Should Move Local Elections to Even-Numbered Years,” The Boston Globe, Nov. 7 2023
  3. (with Moon Duchin) “Rebooting the Mathematics of Gerrymandering,” The Conversation, October 23, 2017
  4. (with Talmon Joseph Smith) “A New Year’s Resolution for the Republic: Make Average Citizens’ Opinions Matter Again,” Salon, Jan 16, 2017
  5. (with Abby Kiesa) “Youth and US Elections: About Way More Than Just the Horserace,” The World Financial Review, Nov./Dec. 2016, pp. 22-4.
  6. (with Abby Kiesa) “Why American Urgently Needs to Improve K-12 Civic Education,” The Conversation, Oct 30, 2016
  7. “Teach Civic Responsibility to High School Students,” The New York Times (“Room for Debate” feature), Oct. 17, 2016
  8. “The Lack of Diversity in Philosophy is Blocking its Progress,” Aeon Magazine, June 28, 2016
  9. “Explainer: What is Wrong with America’s Civic Education,” The Conversation, May 9, 2016
  10. “The Waning Influence of American Political Parties,” The Conversation, March 31, 2016. Reprinted in US News & World Report and in Newsweek.
  11. (with Alan Solomont), “Renewing Our Commitment to US History and Civics,” Roll Call, October 15, 2015
  12. “Federal Citizenship Test: What Should a Good Citizen Really Know About America?” Fox News (online), March 18, 2015
  13. “Why the Voting Age Should be 17,” Politico, Feb. 24, 2105
  14. “Opposing View: Good Citizenship Transcends a Test,” USA Today, Feb. 9, 2015
  15. (With Scott Warren) “To Revive Our Democracy, Revive Civic Education,” The Hill, Jan. 15, 2015.
  16. “Social Media Hasn’t Boosted Young Voter Turnout,” Washington Post political science blog (“The Monkey Cage”), Dec. 1, 2014
  17. “Commentary: If Millennials Leave Religion, Then What?” The Washington Post, April 21, 2014 (and on the Religion New Service wire)
  18. “ObamaCare and America’s Youth — Why Lessons of 2014 Will Last a Lifetime,” (op-ed), March 31, 2014
  19. “What Bipartisan Budget Agreement Suggests For Future of American Democracy,” Fox News online, Dec. 20, 2013
  20. Trey Grayson and Peter Levine, “Recipe for Improving Civic Education,” The Hill, Oct. 15, 2013
  21. “Citizenship isn’t about Passing a Civics Test.”, May 6, 2013.
  22. “The Half-Impressive Youth Vote,” US News & World Report, November 30, 2012
  23. “Why Young People Turned Out–Again,” The New York Daily News, Nov. 9, 2012
  24. “My View: How Schools Should Handle 9/11 in Class,” CNN’s “Schools of Thought” website, Sept. 11, 2012
  25. “Why The GOP’s Future Could Depend on Romney’s Ability to Connect with Young People,” Fox, April 27, 2012
  26. “Does Rick Santorum Have a Youth Problem?” Daily Caller, Feb. 27, 2012
  27. “New Role for Young Voters,” Politico, Jan. 20, 2012
  28. “Young, Black and Voting,” The Root, Dec. 2, 2011
  29. Joseph Kahne & & Peter Levine, “Voter Turnout Spotlights Educational Need,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 9, 2008
  30. John M. Bridgeland & Peter Levine, “Civic Priorities,” The Washington Times, October 4, 2006

Organizer/author of commission or committee reports

  1. (Co-Principal Investigator), Educating for American Democracy: Excellence in History and Civics for All Learners (iCivics, 2021),
  2. (Writer and Chair of the Civics Group), College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, National Council for the Social Studies (2013): being used as the framework to revise standards in at least eight states
  3. (Director and Principal Investigator) Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge, “All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement” (Medford: MA: Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, 2013)
  4. Civic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy? (Washington, DC: National Conference on Citizenship, 2011) I drafted the text, but the named authors are CIRCLE, Civic Enterprises, National Conference on Citizenship, Saguaro Seminar, and the National Constitution Center.
  5. (Executive editor, with several others), Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools, published by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, CIRCLE, American Bar Association Division of Public Education, Lenore Annenberg Institute for Civics, and National Conference on Citizenship (2011)
  6. “Higher Education: Civic Mission & Civic Effects,” published by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CIRCLE in February 2006. This is a consensus report by 22 scholars; I drafted it and revised it to achieve agreement
  7. The Civic Mission of Schools, a report released by Carnegie Corporation of New York and CIRCLE, February 2003. This report was generated by more than 50 author/endorsers as a result of a deliberative process jointly organized and managed by Cynthia Gibson (Carnegie Corporation of New York) and me. It was the subject of a syndicated column by David Broder, several unsigned editorials, and numerous news stories. Copies were distributed at a White House Forum on History, Civics, and Service and a Congressional Conference on Civic Education, among other events. It is the charter for the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

Summer institutes for faculty, graduate students, and practitioners

  • 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023: annual American Political Science Association Institute for Civically Engaged Research, June at Tisch College, co-directed with Amy Cabrera Rasmussen an Valeria Sinclair Chapman.
  • 2009-2019: Summer Institute of Civic Studies, annually in June or July at Tufts’ Tisch College of Civic Life, co-directed with Karol Soltan from 2009-2017.
  • 2015-19 and 2022: European Summer Institute of Civic Studies, annually in July or August in Ukraine of Germany, co-directed with Karol Soltan and Tetjana Kloubert

Keynote/plenary speeches

  1. “Building Research-Practice Partnerships,” Measurement Working Group Convening, Institute for Citizens and Scholars, Washington, DC, April 1, 2024
  2. “What Should We Do? A Theory of Civic Life,” Wake Forest University’s Program for Leadership and Character, Winston-Salem, NC, Feb 6, 2023
  3. Ohio State University COMPAS Colloquium (“What Should Civic Education Become in the 21st Century?”), panel with Angela M. Banks and Winston C. Thompson, Columbus, OH, Feb 3, 2023
  4. “What Should We Do? A Theory of Civic Life,” The Providence College Humanities Forum, in collaboration with “Conversations for Change” and The Frederick Douglass Project, Providence College, Providence RI, Jan 31, 2023
  5. “What Should We Do?” The PPE Speaker Series, University of North Carolina, April 26, 2022
  6. New York State School Boards Association conference, plenary panel on “The Critical Role School Boards Play in Promoting Democracy,” Albany, NY August 12, 2022
  7. Vermont Humanities Lecture, “What Should We Do? The Civic Question, and How More Americans Can Ask It,” Nov. 3, 2021 (online)
  8. The William W. Treat Lecture, “A Polarized Country – Can Schools Help Bridge the Divide?“ New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education, July 22, 2021 (online)
  9. Civic Education and Renewal: Restoring American Civic Legitimacy” (plenary discussion with Paul Carrese and Wilfred McClay), Citizenship and Civic Leadership in America Conference, Arizona State University’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, February 29, 2020.
  10. Presentation of Report: “MassForward: Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts,” The Boston Foundation, Nov. 13, 2019
  11. Keynote at the Delaware Summit on Civic Education, University of Delaware, Feb 7, 2019
  12. Keynote at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 2019 Instructional Development Institute, on“Making High-Impact Educational Experiences for All,” Green Bay, Jan. 24, 2019
  13. “The Civic Mission of Schools: Lessons for Utah,” at the “A Place for All” statewide civics conference, Salt Lake City, June 26, 2018
  14. Youth Civic Engagement,” keynote, national YMCA Youth & Government State Directors’ Conference, Atlanta, GA (the State House chamber), May 14, 2018
  15. “The State of Civic Life,” featured speech, The Corps Network’s National Conference, Washington, DC, Feb. 13, 2018
  16. “How to Respond: Civic Renewal in the Age of Trump” Indivisible Chippewa Valley Citizen Summit, Eau Claire, WI, Nov 12, 2017
  17. “Elinor Ostrom and the Citizen’s Basic Question: What Should We Do?” Tocqueville Lecture, Indiana University, Oct 5, 2017
  18. The 2017 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate at Colby College on “American Democracy?”, with Benjamin Page, Rosslyn Fuller, and Joseph R. Reisert, Colby College, March 29, 2017.
  19. “From Responsiveness to Tolerance,” keynote at the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research & Studies conference on “Teaching Tolerance & Peace in Education: American Experiences & International Lessons,” Orlando, Florida, March 27, 2017
  20. “Networks, Deliberation, and an Open Public Sphere,” keynote at Northeastern University’s NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks, conference on “Keeping the Public Sphere Open,” Boston, MA, March 24, 2017
  21. “Morality and Networks,” Mississippi Philosophical Association annual meeting, Mississippi State University, Feb. 3, 2017
  22. “What should young people know about the elections and why is it important?” (opening plenary), Teaching about the 2016 Elections Conference, Madison, WI, Sept. 24, 2016
  23.  Plenary remarks, White House Civic Workshop, The White House, July 13, 2016
  24. Plenary talk, Cities of Service Annual Convening, New York City, June 6, 2016
  25. Lunchtime keynote, New York State Council for the Social Studies Annual Meeting, Albany, NY, March 31, 2016
  26. “Civic Renewal in America,” Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, March 28, 2016
  27. “Leadership for Civic Renewal: Reinvigorating America’s Civic Life,” the 2015 Martel Lecture in Leadership and Public Opinion, University of Connecticut, Oct. 14, 2015
  28. University of Texas San Antonio Civic Engagement Summit keynote, San Antonio, Sept. 28, 2015
  29. “The Year the People Took Back Politics: A Vision for 2016,” keynote at “Breaking Through: Increasing Civic Participation Before, During and After Elections,” Austin, TX, July 22, 2015
  30. “Civic Renewal in American Cities,” City Accelerator Local Government Engagement national meeting, Cambridge, MA March 26, 2015
  31. Keynote, Vermont League of Women Voters’ annual spring luncheon, Waterbury, VT March 21, 2015
  32. “The Promise of Civic Renewal in America,” opening keynote, The Florida Civic Advance (statewide summit), Orlando, Feb. 22, 2015
  33. “Civic Education in a Time of Inequality and Polarization,” opening remarks at a Ford Foundation conference on “Educating for Democracy,” New York City, Jan. 23, 2015
  34. “Civic Engagement: The Role of Faculty in Reinvigorating Democracy,” The Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (MA) conference, Nov 13, 2014
  35. “The Promise of Civic Renewal in America,” keynote speech at the Champaign (IL) STAR (Service Together Achieves results) Expo/Awards Program, April 17, 2014
  36. “The Promise of Civic Renewal in America,” the Rotunda, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, April 9, 2014
  37. “The Promise of Civic Renewal in America,” lunchtime plenary at the Center for the Study of Citizenship’s 2014 Conference, Wayne State University, Detroit, March 21, 2014
  38. “The Promise of Civic Renewal in America,” opening plenary at the “Democracy in America: Participation and Social Justice” conference at Stetson University, Florida, March 28, 2014
  39. “The Promise of Civic Renewal,” Texas Conference on Civic Life, Austin, TX, Nov. 9, 2013
  40. Civic and Moral Education Initiative Colloquium Series/Gutman Library Distinguished Author Series Event on We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Oct. 21, 2013
  41. “Distinguished Voices in Civics” speaker series, inaugural talk, Morven Park, VA, Sept. 25, 2013
  42. “A Defense of Higher Education and its Civic Mission,” keynote, American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment national conference, Denver, CO, June 7, 2013
  43. Social Capital Forum: “How Can Engagement Drive Economic Growth?” Boston, MA, May 3, 2013
  44. Princeton AlumniCorps plenary talk, Princeton, NJ, April 27, 2013
  45. “The Civic Mission of Schools Report, a Ten-Year Retrospective,” (after-dinner keynote), 2013 Illinois Civic Mission Coalition Convening, Chicago, March 7, 2013
  46. “Preparation for Citizenship in the 21st Century” (keynote, given twice), California Democracy School Civic Learning Initiative meetings, Los Angeles, Feb. 19 and Feb 20, 2013
  47. “The Next Horizon for Community Engagement” (opening plenary), Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference, Elon, NC, February 13, 2013
  48. “What is citizenship? Changing Perspectives” (opening plenary) and “How to Accomplish Civic Renewal” (closing plenary), North Carolina Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute, Elon, NC, February 12, 2013
  49. “Mapping the field, intellectual movements, and promise for strengthening democracy” Civic Mission of Higher Education conference convened by Bringing Theory to Practice, Washington, DC, January 31, 2013
  50. “Featured Keynote: The Effect of State Policy on the Youth Vote,” The Seventh Annual Summit of the Overseas Vote Foundation and U.S. Vote Foundation, Washington, DC, Jan. 24, 2013
  51. “Plenary: Measures of Civic Outcomes,” Eastern Regional Meeting of “Every Student a Citizen,” an initiative of the Education Commission of the States, Philadelphia, PA, June 15, 2012
  52. “Civic Renewal: Theory and Practice,” at “Generations: Age and Citizenship,” the 9th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, March 30, 2012
  53. “Why Civic Participation and Community Engagement Matter,” at “Community Engagement 2012,” A Convening of Donor Forum Members and Partners, Chicago, March 7, 2012
  54. Roundtable to release my paper, “Civic Engagement and Community Information: Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication,” organized by the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Chicago, June 10, 2011
  55. “What do College Students Gain from Civic Engagement?”: inaugural Civic Engagement & Democracy lecture, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement,
    University of Illinois-Chicago, April 21, 2011
  56. “What Matters and What Counts in Education?” a speech sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves, Colorado Legacy Foundation and the Donnell-Kay Foundation,
    Denver, CO, Feb 15, 2011
  57. “Concepts of Citizenship,” opening keynote at the Future of Community Engagement in Higher Education Conference, Boston University, June 25, 2010
  58. “The Obama Administration’s Active Citizenship Agenda,” University Lecture, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Feb. 19, 2010
  59. “Civic Engagement Research,” plenary presentation at the National Symposium on Civic Engagement, Public Work and Psychosocial Well-Being convened by the
    Bringing Theory to Practice Project and others, Washington, DC, November 5, 2009
  60. “Closing the Civic Opportunity Gap,” Lifetime of Learning Conference on Service Learning, Civic Responsibility, and Higher Education, organized by the Alabama Poverty Project and others, Birmingham, Alabama, September 25, 2009
  61. “Why Obama Won (and What that Says about Democracy and Change in America)”, Presidential Plenary Panel, American Sociological Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, August 8, 2009
  62. “Restoring the Civic Mission of Schools in Rhode Island,” 2009 Rhode Island Civic Education Summer Institute, Providence, RI, June 25, 2009
  63. “Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Policy for Administrators,” Kids Consortium conference, Framingham, MA, Dec. 4, 2008
  64. “Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens,” conference on Service Learning and Civic Education, sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and others, Des Moines, IA, Nov. 19, 2008
  65. “What’s at Stake in Election 2008?” University of Wisconsin-Madison, Pyle Center, September 20, 1008
  66. “The Future of Democracy,” SUNY Geneseo, September 15, 2008.
  67. Launch of Project ELECT, Educating Learners to Engage in Civics Today, organized by the Hillsborough County School District, Tampa, Florida, January 31, 2008
  68. Lunchtime plenary speech at the 7th International Research Conference on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Tampa, Florida, Oct. 7, 2007
  69. Release of America’s Civic Health Index 2007, National Archives Building, Washington, DC, Oct. 4, 2007
  70. “Youth Civic Engagement,” keynote speech at the Cluster VII meeting, Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools, August 3, 2007
  71. “The Civic Mission of Schools after Four Years,” keynote address for the 7th Annual R. Freeman Butts Institute on Civic Learning in Teacher Education, Indianapolis, May 18, 2007
  72. “American Grassroots Democracy and Civil Society,” keynote for United States State Department International Visitor Leadership Program, Washington, DC, May 3, 2007
  73. “Service-Learning: Why We Do It, and How to Show it Works,” Learn & Serve America Grantee Meeting, Hilton Washington Dulles Airport, November 1, 2006.
  74. “Youth Civic Engagement: Why and How?” Summit of National Youth Leadership Organizations, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, September 15, 2006.
  75. “The Civic Mission of Higher Education,” keynote at a conference on “TCU and Fort Worth: An Agenda for Collaboration,” Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, January 28, 2006
  76. “Education for Democratic Citizenship,” Congreso Internacional de EducaRed III, Madrid, November 4, 2005.
  77. “The Civic Mission of Schools,” plenary speech, Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) summer conference, Gwinnett County, GA, June 25, 2005.
  78. “Six Promising Approaches to Civic Education,” keynote address, Second Annual Conference on Democracy Education, Madison, WI, Nov. 30, 2004.
  79. “Civic Mission of Schools,” a general session at a conference hosted by the South Carolina Bar Association for the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies, Greenville, SC, Sept. 23, 2004.
  80. “Using Recent Civic Research for State Center Development,” speech at the Youth For Justice State Directors Meeting, Sept. 10, 2004.
  81. “The Civic Mission of Schools and a Research Agenda,” keynote address, International Conference on Civic Education Research, New Orleans, Nov. 16, 2003
  82. “Service-Learning Research and the Movement for Youth Civic Engagement,” keynote address, Third Annual International Service-Learning Research Conference, Salt Lake City, Nov. 7, 2003
  83. “On the Civic Mission of Schools,” speech at the Youth For Justice State Directors Meeting, Sept. 12, 2003.
  84. Plenary speech on the subject of “World Wide Web Resources” at the Institute for Community Health Symposium, “Using Technologies that Work,” April 26, 2001

Conferences organized

  1. Generous Listening in Organizations: an international research symposium, in partnership with the Vuslat Foundation, Tufts University, August 8-10, 2023.
  2. Annually from 2009-2023, except 2019-20, Frontiers of Democracy, a conference for civic renewal at Tufts University’s Tisch College. Frontiers lasts for three days in June or July and draws about 140 activists, scholars, advanced students, and policymakers from multiple countries.
  3. 1st Annual Workshop on Methods for Teaching Ethics in Data Science, Tufts University and online, May 2, 2023
  4. Tufts COVID-19 Research Symposium, Nov. 17-18, 2020 (planning committee; panel moderator)
  5. (with several others), “Educating for American Democracy: Teaching Civics Today,” Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA,  Feb. 4, 2020 
  6. (with several others) Deliberative Democracy Consortium Research & Practice Meeting on Deliberative Democracy and Human Cognition, Washington, DC, Oct 30-31, 2019
  7. “Tolerance, Citizenship, and the Open Society,” at Tisch College, March 21-22, 2019.
  8. (with iCivics, the Safra Center, and the Civic Engagement Research Group), Civic Learning Impact and Measurement Convening, Facebook (Menlo Park, CA), Jan 10-12, 2019
  9. (with Danielle Allen and the staff of the Safra Center), A National Convening on Civic Education, Harvard, May 17-18, 2018
  10. Co-organized with iCivics, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, and the Florida Joint Center on Citizenship: Democracy at a Crossroads. At the Newseum in Washington, DC, Sept. 21, 2017, with remarks by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour, former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., former NBA star Shane Battier, and others.
  11. The National Conference on Citizenship, Washington, DC, Oct. 13-14, 2016 (with NCoC and Tisch College staff)
  12. Educating for Democracy, a convening co-sponsored by the Ford Foundation, Generation Citizen, CIRCLE, the Campaign for Civic Mission of Schools, the Spencer Foundation, and UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access, Jan. 23, 2015
  13. Civic Learning and National Service Summit, co-organized with the White House Office of Innovation and Civic Participation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. At the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, Oct 16, 2014
  14. “Youth in Elections,” National Press Club Newsmakers’ press conference, Oct. 9, 2013
  15. Co-organized with American Enterprise Institute and others, “Metrics in Civic Education Professional Development,” American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, Sept. 22, 2011
  16. National Action Civics Conference, Chicago, June 10-11, 2011 (with a group of colleagues)
  17. “Federal Policy and Civic Skills,” National Press Club, Washington, DC, April 29, 2010 (with 75 participants, five panels, and 21 speakers)
  18. The Obama Administration’s Civic Agenda After Six Months,” Tisch College, Tufts University, July 24, 2009, broadcast nationally by C-SPAN
  19. Co-organizer (with James Youniss), “Civic Engagement of Non-College Attending Youth,” at the Spencer Foundation, March 25-25, 2009
  20. Co-organizer (with colleagues at Brandeis and Berkeley), Service-Learning Emerging Scholars Work-in-Progress Seminar, College Park, MD, June 14-16, 2007. Second meeting at Brandeis, June 15-17, 2008.
  21. Co-organizer (with Rhode Island Campus Compact and Brandeis University), “Program Evaluation and Community-Based Research Conference,” Providence College, June 7, 2007, and “Learn & Serve America Grantees Meeting,” Bryant University, June 8, 2007
  22. Co-organizer (with a team of colleagues), Democracy Imperative conference, University of New Hampshire, June 3-6, 2007
  23. Co-organizer (with colleagues from Penn State and Oregon State and the Spencer Foundation) of “Youth Civic Engagement Research,” Spencer Foundation, Chicago, May 29-30, 2007.
  24. Faculty meeting on civic engagement, Oglethorpe University (Atlanta), January 18, 2006
  25. Maryland Civic Literacy Summit, Annapolis, MD, Jan. 4, 2007. Convened by act of the State Assembly and co-organized by CIRCLE and the Maryland State Department of Education
  26. Press conference on the Civic and Political Health of the Nation (followed by a forum for practitioners), National Press Club, Washington, DC, Oct 3, 2006
  27. Co-organizer (with CIRCLE staff), “Immigrant Youth Civic Engagement,” a conference at the New School University in New York City, April 25, 2006
  28. Co-organizer (with James Youniss), conference on “Federal Policy for Civic Education.” Washington, DC, Feb. 14, 2006
  29. Organizer, CIRCLE conference on “Alternatives to Large, Traditional High Schools: Can They Enhance Students’ Preparation for Work, College, and Democracy?” National Press Club, July 6, 2005. Covered by C-SPAN.
  30. Co-organizer (with James Youniss), “Youth and Political Participation,” conference at the Life-Cycle Institute, Catholic University, March 18-19, 2005.
  31. Advisory Committee member for the Second Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education, sponsored by the Majority and Minority Leaders of the US House and Senate and organized by the Alliance for Representative Democracy (2004)
  32. Co-organizer (with Rose Marie Nierras), session on “Advocacy and Deliberation” at the Deliberative Democracy Consortium/LogoLink Partners meeting in Washington, DC, June 11, 2004 (participants were activists from nine northern and southern countries).
  33. Organizer, Youth Voting Research Meeting: convened leading researchers on the mobilization of young voters, plus leading nonpartisan organizations committed to getting out the youth vote–30 in all (Jan. 5, 2004)
  34. Organizing committee for the Researcher & Practitioner Conference of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, (Oct., 22-24, 2003)
  35. Advisory Committee member for the First Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education (2003)
  36. Planning committee for the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools’ preliminary meeting (May 2, 2003) and first Steering Committee retreat (Oct. 2-3,2003).
  37. Co-organizer and co-moderator (with Cynthia Gibson) of two conferences on “School-Based Civic Education at the k-12 Level,” sponsored by CIRCLE, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Corporation for National and Community Service: Oct. 7-8 and December 10, 2002. These conferences convened researchers and practitioners to develop a consensus statement that was ultimately published as The Civic Mission of Schools (2003).
  38. Co-organizer of a conference on “Building the E-Commons,” funded by the Ford Foundation’s Education, Media, Arts & Culture Program (Washington, DC, June 1-2, 2001). This conference brought together leading experts and stakeholders from politics, public broadcasting, landgrant universities, libraries, and other sectors to begin designing a Public Telecommunications Service.
  39. Organizer of a conference on “Community Learning Styles,” sponsored by the Charles Kettering Foundation and the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy (Washington, DC, June 25, 2001).
  40. Organizing committee member and session moderator for a conference on “The Expressive Dimension of Governmental Action: Philosophical and Legal Perspectives,” University of Maryland School of Law, October 13-14, 2000

Invited talks and presentations

  1. Civic Studies at Tufts, Citizenship in the 21st Century University conference, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, April 13, 2024
  2. “An Association as a Belief Betwork and Social Network,” (paper) Midwest Political Science Association, April 6 (Chicago; virtual)
  3. Panel on Political Networks, Public Opinion, and Political Communication (discussant), Midwest Political Science Association, April 4 (Chicago; virtual)
  4. “Inclusiveness in Participation” (panel), Harvard Ash Center and Harvard Weatherhead Center, March 18, 2024
  5. “How to handle the hot debates about teaching history in US schools,” webinar with facuty of Cerritos College, College of the Canyons, Los Angeles City College, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Los Angeles, and Cal State Northridge, Nov. 17, 2023
  6. “People Are Not Points in Space: Opinions and Discussions as Networks of Ideas,” Institute H21 International Symposium, Prague, Czechia, Sept. 15, 2023
  7. Cívicamente: cómo se gobierna la gente: ¿qué debemos hacer?” Seminario Internacional sobre Investigaciones Participativas con Impacto Político, Universidad Rey Juan Carlo, May 12, 2023
  8. “Analyzing Political Opinions and Discussions as Networks of Ideas,” Facultad de Humanidades, Comunicación y Documentación, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, May 10, 2023
  9. International hearing on democracy-promoting pedagogy, Deutsches Jugendinstitut (online), March 3, 2023
  10. Panel on School/College Alignment, Civic Learning for an Engaged Democracy conference, online, Dec. 14, 2022
  11. Book talk for the American Society for Public Administration (webinar), Nov. 22, 2022
  12. “A Path to Healing Our Democracy,” Citizens Campaign panel, Trinity Church, New York City, Nov 14, 2022
  13. John Green, Sarah Shugars, Nic Fishman, and Peter Levine, “Measuring Belief Systems as Directed Networks of Attitudes,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Sept. 15, 2022
  14. (poster) Nathan Kim, Thomas Stopka, Elyssa Annesser, and Peter Levine, “Household Conditions, COVID-19, and Equity: Insight from Two Nationally Representative Surveys,” American Public Health Association, Nov. 6-9, 2022
  15. Green, Jonathan, Shugars, Sarah, Fishman, Nic & Levine, Peter, “Measuring Belief Systems as Directed Networks of Attitudes,” Midwest Political Science Association Conference (Chicago and online), April 9, 2022
  16. “Social Movements and Transformative Learning,” International Transformative Learning Conference (online), April 8, 2022
  17. Distinguished Lecture, Military Child Education Coalition National Training Seminar, July 20, 2021 (online)
  18. “The Crises of the Republic: Comparing Four Threats and The Upswing“: organizer and moderator of a panel with Robert Putnam, Robert Lieberman, Suzanne Mettler, and Dianne Pinderhughes, American Political Science Association, Oct 2, 2021 (online)
  19. “Civic Education vs. Politische Bildung: A Discussion of Concepts, Infrastructure, and Approaches in the US and Germany,” Transatlantic Exchange of Civic Educators (TECE), April 20, 2021 (online)
  20. “The Promise of Civic Renewal to Revive our Democracy,” Mass. Humanities public webinar, Dec. 10, 2020
  21. Mass. Humanities “Let’s Talk about our Democracy” series, “Threats to our Democracy in Historical Context, Nov 19, 2020 (online)
  22. Civic Education Virtual Roundtable (with Danielle Allen and Louise Dube), the Brennan Center, Nov. 18, 2020
  23. Governing the Commons: 30 Years Later: A Virtual Symposium hosted by The Ostrom Workshop, Indiana University, panelist, October 2, 2020
  24. Johns Hopkins University Webinar: Introduction to The Social Studies Knowledge Map (discussant), Johns Hopkins University, Sept 29, 2020
  25. SNF Agora Conversation, Four Threats to American Democracy, Johns Hopkins University (moderator of a virtual discussion), September 25, 2020
  26. Why do we Need Diversity in Civic Education,” webinar for the Maine Department of Education, May 27, 2020
  27. “A Civic Silver Lining?” public webinar hosted by the Former Members of Congress Association with Dennis Ross (R-FL), mayors Nan Whaley (D-Dayton), Francis Suarez (R-Miami) and Marty Walsh (D-Boston), and me, May 26, 2020.
  28. “Innovative Broadly-Engaged Team Science Tools, Methods, and Frameworks” (panel), Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Translational Research Day, March 6, 2020. 
  29. “Higher Education’s Role in Engaging Students in Civic Learning and Democratic Practice” (symposium), University of New Hampshire, Feb. 21, 2020.
  30. Panel chair and organizer, “Can Human Beings Deliberate?”, Deliberative Democracy Consortium Research & Practice Meeting on Deliberative Democracy and Human Cognition, Washington, DC, Oct. 31, 2019
  31. “Work, Play, and Civic Engagement,” Ludics Seminar, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard, Oct. 28, 2o19
  32. “Why We Need SPUD (Scale, Pluralism, Unity and Depth),” luncheon lecture, Civic Engagement Leadership Research Conference, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, Oct. 24, 2019.
  33. “Universidad como agente generador de ciudadanía,” Ciclo Iberoamericano de Estudios Cívicos, Madrid, July 10, 2019
  34. “Civic Engagement Since the Mid-20th Century,” at the American Studies Summer Institute, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Boston, July 8, 2019
  35. The Political Thought of Gandhi,” YPOx: Stories from the Front talk at the PAN Peace Summit, Boston, June 12, 2019
  36. “Crowd-Sourcing a System Map to Guide an Advocacy Coalition” (paper), at Philanthropy & Social Impact: A Symposium, USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy, Los Angeles, CA, March 16, 2019
  37. Panel on ethics at a conference on “Empathy …. or Ways of Caring,” Harvard Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, March 15, 2019
  38. “Civic Education: Is There Common Ground?” (panel), American Federation of Teachers Albert Shanker Institute, Washington, DC, March 13, 2019
  39. “What can, and should, we measure at scale?” (panel), Civic Learning Impact and Measurement Convening, Facebook (Menlo Park, CA), Jan 10-12, 2019
  40. “Pao Arts Center Collaboration,” Cases for Culture Workshop, Harvard Business School, Dec. 4, 2018
  41. “Responding to the Challenges of Civic Learning: Lessons from Civic Theory and Practice,” The Hastings Center, Nov. 17, 2018.
  42. Bridge Alliance National Partners Summit, closing remarks, Washington, DC, Oct. 17, 2018
  43. “Civic Education,” Council of Chief State School Officers’ State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS), Boston, Oct. 16, 2018
  44. Data-Driven Strategies to Promote Youth Turnout: discussant (MIT, August 28, 2108)
  45. “Loyalty and Complicity for Citizens” (revised title), Social Ontology 2018 Conference, Tufts University, August 23, 2018
  46. “What Should We Do? The Bloomington School and the Citizen’s Core Question,” Symposium on Tensions in the Political Economy Project of Elinor C. Ostrom, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, July 31, 2018
  47. “Evaluation of the Civic Education Pilot,” Kyiv, Ukraine, July 6, 2018
  48. “Identity, Agency and the Power of Story: Meeting the Civic Challenges?”: panel responding to a keynote address by Helen Haste, Creating Civic Competence: the Critical Challenges, Harvard, May 3-4, 2018
  49. Exploring Civic Learning as a Pathway to Equity and Opportunity” (panel) at a conference organized by the National Conference on Citizenship and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, Washington, DC, March 1, 2018
  50. “What Should We Do? The Bloomington School, Deliberative Democracy, Nonviolent Resistance, and the Citizen’s Core Question,” 2017 Conference on Voluntary Governance, Michigan State University, Dec. 3, 2017
  51. “What can Academics Do for Practitioners, What Can Academics Gain from Practitioners?” (panel), Moving Redistricting Reform meeting, Harvard Kennedy School, Nov. 9, 2017
  52. Policy Innovation (panel) at Democracy at a Crossroads, the Newseum in Washington, DC, Sept. 21, 2017
  53. “Politics without Partisanship: Navigating Controversial Issue Discussions in a Time of Polarization,” Massachusetts Civics Literacy Conference, Boston,  May 8, 2017
  54. John Dewey Society Symposium: “Creative Democracy: Democratic Education in the Era of Clinton v. Trump” (panel), San Antonio, April 27 2017
  55. “The Hollowing Out of US Democracy,” University of Southern California, April 19, 2017
  56. “Modeling Moral Thought in Network Terms,”Association for Moral Education, Harvard University, Dec. 9, 2016
  57. Moderator, “The Future of the Field” plenary panel, Association for Moral Education, Harvard University, Dec. 9, 2016
  58. “Authors-meet-critics: Dilemmas of educational ethics” (panelist), Association for Moral Education, Harvard University, Dec. 8, 2016
  59. “How Automatic Voter Registration Can Transform Democracy,” Suffolk University School of Law, Nov. 29, 2016.
  60. “Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice,” (panelist), Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University November 16, 2016
  61. “What can teachers do to encourage their students to engage in political participation? (session),  Teaching about the 2016 Elections Conference, Madison, WI, Sept. 24, 2016
  62. “Taking Informed Action” (session organizer and facilitator), First Annual Massachusetts Civics Literacy Conference, Boston, May 23, 2016
  63. “Taking Informed Action” (session organizer, presenter, and facilitator), New York State Council for the Social Studies Annual Meeting, Albany, NY, March 31, 2016
  64. “Systems Change and Culture of Health” (panel), Sharing Knowledge to Build a Culture of Health Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 10, 2016
  65. Youth voting presentation, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Feb. 10, 2016
  66. “Foundations” panel at the Boston Civic Media conference, Cambridge, MA, June 9, 2015
  67. “Youth Disaffection from Politics: The US Case,” at the Coloquio Internacional ¿Hacia dónde vamos? Desafección política y gobernabilidad, un reto político, Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF) and Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, June 3, 2015
  68. “Democracy in the Digital Age,” at “Redes sociales y ciudadanía activa. Retos de la educación en la era digital,” Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Valencia, June 1, 2015
  69. Sessions at the 2014 National Council for the Social Studies conference: “Exploring Multiple Methods of Quantitative Research” (panelist), “New Research on Pedagogical Practices of Highly Effective Civics Teachers” (panelist); “How to Accomplish Taking Informed Action” (moderator). Boston, Nov. 20-22, 2014
  70. “Beyond the Buzz: What Citizen Engagement Strategies are Really Working” (panel), CityLab 2014, Los Angeles, Sept. 30, 2014
  71. “What Should We Do as Citizens? How to Think About Changing Society,” Brigham Young University (Provo, UT), Sept 25, 2014
  72. Panel on Civic Education after the Digital Revolution, American Political Association, Washington, DC, August 29, 2014
  73. “The Bloomington School and Civic Studies,” at the Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN June 21, 2014
  74. Panel on civic education at the Southeastern Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Nashville, May 3, 2014
  75. Panel on “best practices in civic engagement across two- and four- year colleges,” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 5th 2014
  76. “State of the Research,” at “Service as a Strategy to Advance the Educational Potential of Low- and Moderate-Income Youth,” a meeting sponsored by America Forward, Be the Change, ServiceNation, and OpportunityNation, Washington, DC, Feb 21, 2014
  77. “Deliberation in the Classroom” (professional development day for Chicago Public Schools teachers), Chicago, Jan 24, 2014
  78. “We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For” (book talk), Teaching for Change/Busboys & Poets, Washington, DC Jan 22, 2014
  79. Author Meets Critics panel for We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For, Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, Jan 20, 2014
  80. “What is Civic Studies” panel (as part of a Civic Studies Miniconference), Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, Jan 20, 2014
  81. “Measuring Civic Engagement” (panel), New England Association of Schools and Colleges convention, Boston, MA, Dec. 4, 2013
  82. “Civics in the C3 Framework” (solo session), National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, Nov. 23, 2013
  83. “New and Exciting Research to Inform Civic Learning Classroom Practices” (panelist), National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, Nov. 22, 2013
  84. “Rethinking Foundations of Youth Engagement: Challenges and Possibilities of Young Citizen Engagement in Research and Practice” (panelist), National Communication Association Conference, Washington, DC, Nov. 21, 2013
  85. Book talk on We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For, Hood College in Frederick, MD, Nov. 20, 2013
  86. “Engagement, Through Thick and Thin,” Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) convening, Pocantico, NY, Oct 28, 2013
  87. “The State of Civic Education Today” (panelist), American Board of Trial Advocates Forum, Austin, TX, Oct. 12, 2013
  88. “The Promise of Civic Renewal,” Civic Media Lunch, MIT Media Lab, Oct. 10, 2013
  89. “What We Must Do for Civics,” National Conference on Citizenship, Sept. 20, 2013
  90. “Power and Persuasion from Below: Civic Renewal, Youth Engagement, and the Case for Civic Studies” (Presidential Theme Panel, chair and presenter) American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, Aug 30, 2013
  91. Roundtable: The Measurement and Assessment of Civic Learning in K -12 and College Education, American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, Aug 31, 2013
  92. APSA Working Group on Young People’s Politics (co-convenor with James Sloam, Royal Holloway, University of London, American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, August 29, 30 and 31, 2013
  93. “Connecting for Good: How Colleges and Universities Can Work Together to Improve Connecticut’s Civic & Economic Health,” Connecticut Campus Compact’s Inaugural Presidents’ Leadership Summit, Yale University, September 13, 2013
  94. “Civic Renewal,” YMCA National Leadership Symposium, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, April 3-5, 2013
  95. “Knowledge: What Should Young Americans Know about Democracy?” (panel) at “Civics Education: Why it Matters to Democracy, Society and You,” a conference co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School, The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard, April 1, 2013
  96. “Assessment of Student Learning in Community Engagement” and “Civic Engagement and Community Information: Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication” (two workshops), North Carolina Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute, Elon, NC, February 12, 2013
  97. “How do we do Civic Education in Higher Education?” (workshop), Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference, Elon, NC, February 13, 2013
  98. “Using Evidence to Promote Engaged Learning and Student Well-Being” (panel), American Association of Colleges & Universities annual conference, Atlanta, GA, Jan. 25, 2013
  99. “Education, Citizenship, and Democracy” (panel), Netter Center, University of Pennsylvania, Nov. 12, 2012
  100. “The Modern University” (panel), National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, Woods Hole, MA, Oct 23, 2013
  101. “Engaged Citizenship, Civil Society and Social Justice,” Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Oct. 5, 2012
  102. “Exploring the Link Between Civic Engagement and Unemployment” (panel), National Conference on Citizenship, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 14, 2012
  103. “No Citizen Left Behind Book Talk,” Harvard Graduate School of Education, April 25, 2012 (moderator)
  104. Invited testimony on measuring civic engagement before the National Academies of Science, Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT), March 1, 2012
  105. “Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education” (panel), The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, Jan. 9, 2012
  106. “The Fate of Civic Education in a Connected World: A ‘Fred Friendly’ Seminar,” Berkman Center, Harvard Law School, December 5, 2011
  107. “Civic Scholarship and a Field of Civic Studies,” Bringing Theory to Practice National Civic Seminar, Wye River (MD), November 4, 2011
  108. “Education for Civil Society,” presented at Civics 2.0: Citizenship Education for a New Generation conference, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, October 20, 2011
  109. “How Ethical Particularism Saves the Enlightenment Ideal,” conference on Self Among Selves: Emotion and the Common Life, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, Sept. 30, 2011
  110. “Civic Commonsense: The Civic Mission of Schools (panel), 66th Annual National Conference on Citizenship, Philadelphia, PA, September 15, 2011
  111. “Making the Connections” (panel on relationships among engaged learning, civic engagement, and psychosocial well-being), Bringing Theory to Practice National Retrieval Conference, Washington, DC, June 13, 2011
  112. The Case for Action Civics (panel), National Action Civics Conference, Chicago, June 10, 2011
  113. “The Information Needs of Communities,” BiblioNews conference, MIT, April 7, 2011
  114. “Program Assessment and Metrics,” American Enterprise Institute conference on Best Practices in Civic Education Programs, Montpelier, VA, March 23, 2011
  115. “What is the Role of Public Education in Youth Civic Engagement?” (panelist), CUNY Graduate School, New York City, March 17, 2011
  116. “If They Protest, Have We Succeeded?” (panelist), Harvard Graduate School of Education, March 8, 2011
  117. “Civic Engagement and Higher Education in the United States: What Do College Students Gain From Civic Engagement Experiences?” The New School University, New York City, Feb. 9, 2011 (co-presenter with Constance Flanagan, University of Wisconsin)
  118. National Conference on Citizenship Civic Innovators Forum, “The Foundation of BIG Citizenship: Citizen-Centered Solutions” (moderator) and “An Evolving Relationship: How Philanthropy and the Executive Branch Work Together to Promote Civic Engagement” (panelist), Washington, DC Sept 16, 2010
  119. Invited participant, session leader at the Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society (FOCAS), August 16-18, 2010
  120. “Conceptions of Citizenship Online,” American Democracy Project Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, June 19, 2010
  121. “Reflections on Labor Disputes and Teachable Moments” (moderator of a plenary session organized because the conference hotel came under union boycott), American Democracy Project Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, June 19, 2010
  122. “Reforming the Humanities,” Centro de Estudos Comparatistas, Faculdade de Letras, University of Lisbon, Portugal, May 20, 2010.
  123. “Civics: What are We Teaching Our Children and Our Teachers,” American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, April 23, 2010
  124. Panel discussion: “Civic Identity Development in Adolescence: Theoretical, Empirical, Normative, and Practical Issues,” Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, March 13, 2010
  125. Discussant, panel on “Features of the Learning Environment That Promote Student Voice,” Society for Research on Adolescence, Philadelphia, March 12, 2010
  126. “The Civic Mission of Schools,” National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, Nov. 13, 2009
  127. “Youth in Action,” Learn & Serve America Grantees Conference, Arlington, VA, October 15, 2009
  128. “Everybody can Serve,” National Conference on Volunteering and Service, San Francisco, June 23, 2009
  129. Presidential Session: “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Democratic Citizenship, Civic Learning, and Youth Political Participation,” American Education Research Association Conference, San Diego, April 15, 2009
  130. (With Constance Flanagan) “Young Adults and Civic Engagement,” Future of Children Transition to Adulthood Conference, Princeton University, April 2, 2009
  131. “The Millennial Pendulum,” talk at the New America Foundation event on “The Latest Generation: The Unique Outlook of ‘Millennials’ and How They Will Reshape America,” February 18, 2009, broadcast on C-SPAN II.
  132. “Political Participation among Young Voters,” Annette Strauss Institute, New Politics Institute, Austin, TX, Nov. 15, 2008
  133. Discussant on Jeffrey Henig’s talk about charter schools, Inaugural Conference of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Clark University, Worcester, MA, Nov. 13, 2008
  134. “What Happens on November 5th? Activiting Citizenship (No Matter Who Wins),” Bates College Harwood Center Civic Forum, Sept. 24, 2008
  135. “America’s Civic Health Index 2008? National Conference on Citizenship, National Archives, Washington, DC, Sept. 22, 2008
  136. “Measuring the Impact of Youth Voluntary Service (discussant/presenter), The World Bank, Washington, DC, May 8, 2008
  137. “The Purpose of the University” (panel), Hillel National Summit on the University and the Jewish Community, Washington, March 27, 2008
  138. “Millennials Talk Politics” (panel), NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals) 2008 Annual Conference, Boston, March 10, 2008
  139. “Who Knows Best How to Educate You for Citizenship?” Syracuse University, February 18, 2008
  140. “Building Citizen Competence,” World Bank conference on “Generating Genuine Demand with Social Accountability Mechanisms,” Paris, November 1, 2007
  141. “Assessing Civic Learning: What Do We Know about What Students Know?” (panel), American Association of Colleges & Universities, Networking for Academic Renewal Conference, Denver, CO, Oct. 19, 2007
  142. “Politics and the Internet: Medium of Maximum Individual Choice,” Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) forum on Social Computing and the Process of Governance, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Oct. 12, 2007
  143. “Classroom Teaching Practices and Student Civic Engagement–New Evidence from the 2006 Civic and Political Health of the Nation Survey,” 7th International
    Research Conference on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Tampa, Florida, Oct. 7, 2007
  144. “K-12 Civic Education and Service-Learning – An Introduction to the Current Literature, Resources and Tools,” 7th International Research Conference on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Tampa, Florida, Oct. 6, 2007
  145. “Opportunities for Youth Civic Development,” plenary panel (with James Youniss), Learn & Serve America Grantees Meeting, Arlington, VA September 27, 2007
  146. “The Rationale for Service-Learning,” PANIM’s National Educators’ Institute for Jewish Service-Learning, College Park, MD, August 19, 2007
  147. “Issue-Based Civic Education,” presentation at the Council for Citizenship Education, Washington, DC, August 2, 2007
  148. “The Future of Democracy” (book launch with a speech), Council for Excellence in Government, Washington, DC, July 26, 2007
  149. “From Periodic Projects to Lasting Solutions: Citizen-Centered Civic Engagement” (panelist), National Conference on Volunteering and Service, Philadelphia, July 16, 2007
  150. “A New Progressive Era?” Labor and Employment Relations Association National Policy Forum, Washington, DC, June 14, 2007
  151. “Democracy in Action,” cyzygy ’07 (the City Year national convention), St. Anselm’s College, Manchester, New Hampshire, June 12, 2007
  152. “America’s Civic Health Index,” Pennsylvania State University, April 14, 2007
  153. “Research on Civic Engagement,” Tufts University, February 9, 2007
  154. “Civic Renewal: Some Issues in Moral Philosophy and Political Practice,” Duke University, January 30, 2007
  155. Panels on public policy and on youth voting at the Fourth Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education, Washington, DC, November 19 and 20, 2006.
  156. Closing plenary panel, Campus Compact’s 20th Anniversary Visioning Summit, Chicago, Oct 17, 2006
  157. “Policies for Civic Education,” University of Georgia (conference on “Youth Indifference to the News”), Oct. 10, 2006.
  158. “The State of Civic Health,” President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, Washington, DC 2006, Oct. 12, 2006
  159. “The Civic and Political Health of the Nation,” National Press Club, Oct. 3, 2006.
  160. Upper Midwest Campus Compact/Spencer Foundation meeting on civic engagement in higher education: facilitated a plenary discussion of research: Madison, WI, April 28, 2006.
  161. Society for Research on Adolescence, panel on “Civic Engagement in Minority and Immigrant Youth” (discussant), San Francisco, March 26, 2006.
  162. Launch of the National Advisory Council of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, National Press Club, Washington, DC, April 17, 2006. I spoke along with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Gov. Roy Romer, and others. The event was televised by C-SPAN and covered in a nationally syndicated column by David Broder.
  163. “The Arts of Patriotism: Difficult Dialogues”: panel presentation at the Annual Conference of Imagining America, New Brunswick, NJ, Oct. 1, 2005.
  164. “Latest Research on Civic Education,” Third Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education, Washington, DC, Sept. 26, 2005.
  165. “Civic Education,” presentation to the American Bar Association Commission on Civic Education and the Separation of Powers, Washington, DC, Sept. 15, 2005.
  166. “The National Perspective”: presentation at a conference on Rethinking Civics Education: The Third Branch in American Democracy, hosted by the Judicial Conference of California, WestEd, and WGBH-Boston, San Francisco, April 28, 2005.
  167. “The Problem of Online Misinformation and the Role of Schools,” conference on Fast Communication and Quality of Information, University of Tilburg (Netherlands), December 21, 2004.
  168. Panel moderator, session on research, Second Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education, Washington, DC, Dec. 6, 2004.
  169. “The Prince George’s County Information Commons,” American Library Association Workshop on Libraries and the Information Commons, Cerritos, CA, Oct. 29-31,
  170. “Youth in Politics” panelist, National Symposium of Youth Civic Engagement, University of Virginia Center for Politics, Charlottesville, VA, September 14,
  171. “Best Practices Supported by Research,” at the Summer Institute of the Annenberg Foundation Civic Education Initiative, Washington, July 19, 2004
  172. “Kids, Communities, and the ‘Scholarly Communication Commons’”, presented at the Workshop on Scholarly Communication as a Commons, Workshop in Political
    Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 31-April 2, 2004.
  173. Panel presentation on the civic mission of higher education, at a Conference on “Public Work in Higher Education: Theory and Practice of Civic Engagement,”
    University of Minnesota, March 18, 2004
  174. “The Latest Studies on Youth Civic Engagement and Voting,” presentation at the National Association of Secretaries of State New Millennium Young Voters
    Summit, Washington, DC, February 17, 2004.
  175. “The Civic Mission of Schools and Higher Education,” presentation at the national Learn & Serve America grantees meeting, Washington, Dec. 10, 2003
  176. Presentation on The Civic Mission of Schools, U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools National Conference on “Meeting the Challenge: The Science and Practice of Safe and Drug-Free Schools,” Oct. 27, 2003
  177. Panelist, First Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education, Sept. 22, 2003
  178. Panel moderator, National Conference on Citizenship 50th Anniversary Meeting, Sept. 16, 2003
  179. “Evidence About Civic Education in Schools: A Researcher-Practitioner Dialogue,” Annual Scientific Meeting, International Society of Political Psychology, July 8, 2003
  180. “Building the Electronic Commons,” Center for the Study of Law and Society Luncheon Series, co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley, April 21, 2003.
  181. Presentation on youth civic engagement research, National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium conference, April 12, 2003.
  182. Panel presentation on the intellectual roots of deliberation at the Society for Values in Higher Education’s Conference on Discussion, Dialogue, and Deliberation, April 2, 2003.
  183. “Local Governments and Independent Civic Websites,” presentation at the American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference, February 17, 2003
  184. Remarks at the launch of the Civic Mission of Schools report, Willard Hotel, Washington, DC, February 13, 2003
  185. Panel chair for “Communitarian Approaches to Cyberspace” at the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, January 4, 2003
  186. Panel presentation on a panel entitled “Philosophical Perspectives,” in a conference on The Rule of Law and the Information Age: Reconciling Private Rights and Public Interest, Catholic University Law School, Oct. 10, 2002
  187. CIRCLE press conference to release youth poll, National Press Club, March 4, 2002 (panelist)
  188. CIRCLE introductory press conference at the National Press Club, January 9, 2002 (speaker).
  189. Panelist at a session on engaging young voters, Bipartisan Conference of the Virginia House of Delegates, Staunton, VA, April 19-21, 2002
  190. “Building the E-Commons,” lecture in the Albert J. Shipka Speakers Series at Youngstown State University (Ohio), February 5, 2002.
  191. “The State of Civic Culture and Trust in the United States,” a presentation for the Civil Society Task Force (organized by Grupo Esquel), Washington, DC, September 22, 2000
  192. Formal comments on a paper (“Information Technology and the Social Construction of Information Policy”) presented at the “Accounting, Information Technology, and Public Policy” conference in College Park, August 12, 2000
  193. Briefing on civic renewal at the annual board meeting of the Kettering Foundation, June 2000.
  194. “Jane Addams’s Work,” lecture at Rutgers-Camden, November 17, 1999.
  195. “Index of National Civic Health”: presentation at the World Bank Conference on Civil Society, Foreign Aid and Sustainable Development, June 21, 1999
  196. “The Press in a Deliberative Democracy: On Public Journalism and its Critics,” invited paper delivered at the University of South Carolina College of Journalism and Mass Communication, October 13, 1998
  197. “Public Journalism”: presentation at a Maxwell School conference on citizenship and civil society, October 1995


“Peter Levine’s Weblog”: a “blog” on civic engagement, regular entries since January 2003. Received 84,000 unique visitors and 203,000 page views in 2020. Also author of posts on Medium, The Huffington Post, etc.


CIRCLE’s research has been cited in most national news organs, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. I have been interviewed on MSNBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CBS radio news, CBS television news, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and many local television and radio programs. (Between July and November 2008, CIRCLE was cited in 1,253 newspaper, magazine, broadcast, or web stories, including 829 print media articles)

Other Professional Activities

  • Expert report in New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (“NYSER”), et al v. The State of New York (2021)
  • Amicus brief in A.C., et al. v. Gina A, Raimondo et al., First Circuit Court of Appeals , Jan. 2021 (with several other authors)
  • Expert report in Gilby v Hughs, February 2020 
  • Expert report in League of Women Voters of Florida v. Detzner, 2018
  • Expert report in College Democrats at the University of Michigan, et al. v. Johnson, et al., 2018
  • Expert witness in North Carolina N.A.A.C.P. v. McCrory. (Expert report written with Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg. Testimony in federal court on July 20, 2015)
  • University of Missouri System, external review committee for Extension and Engagement, 2017
  • Tufts Research and Scholarship Strategic Planning Steering Committee and chair of the Equity in Health, Wealth and Ciic Engagement Working Group, 2017-
  • Tufts Research and Graduate Program Council, 2016-
  • Tufts Data Intensive Studies Center, Advisory Committee member, 2016-
  • Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHaT) board, 2016-
  • Tufts Institute for Innovation, Executive Committee member, 2014-16
  • Tisch College Community Research Center, member, 2008-16
  • Tufts University Research Day, Faculty Committee member, 2016
  • Tufts University Committee for Teaching and Faculty Development, member, 2014
  • Chair, external review committee, Duke University’s Kenan Institute of Ethics (2014)
  • Search committees: University of Maryland School of Public Policy (chair); Tufts Dean of Arts & Sciences; Tufts University Data Intensive Studies Center, Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies (co-chair), Department of Public Health and Community Medicine (co-chair), CIRCLE (several); Tufts University Provost; Tisch College Dean
  • Tenure or promotion reviews: Boston College, Bowling Green University, Harvard University, Loyola University of Chicago, MIT, Mississippi State, Michigan State, University of Colorado, University of Hartford, University of Kentucky, University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Michigan, University of Mississippi, University of Texas, University of Wisconsin, etc.
  • Journal and university press peer reviews: frequent.
  • PhD committees: Seth Avakian, Northeastern; Diana Schor, Brandeis; Perri Leviss, UMass-Boston; Melissa Comber, Maryland; Steven Maloney, Maryland; Mary Fitzgerald, Maryland; Josh Littenberg-Tobias, Boston College; Tina Patterson, University of North Carolina; Erhardt Greaeff, MIT; Marilyn Price-Mitchell; Tina Won Sherman, Maryland; Jonas Brodin, Maryland; Lori Keleher, Maryland; Deb Bobek, Tufts; Sarah Shugars, Northeastern.

Grants and contracts

I have been Principal Investigator on 89 grants or contracts totaling $9.5-$10 million and the co-PI on three grants totaling $8 million. 

Obtained at Tufts since 2018

American Political Science AssociationAPSA Institute of Civically Engaged Research $80,000 (two annual grants)
Arthur Vining Davis FoundationsInterfaith Civic Studies at Tufts and Beyond$223,965
Charles F. Kettering FoundationPostdoctoral Fellow in Civic Science$208,000 (three years)
Charles Koch FoundationA conference on Tolerance, Citizenship and the Open Society$50,000
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationEarly Literacy Tutors$194,308
Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC)Report about the Massachusetts State Legislature$10,000
National Endowment for the Humanities/US Department of EducationEducating for American Democracy$80,000 subcontract; total grant = $650,000. I am a co-PI
National Endowment for the HumanitiesCivic Humanities and Decarceration$150,000
Tufts (internal)Equity in Health, Wealth, and Civic Engagement$125,000

Obtained at Tufts University since July 2012

I oversaw CIRCLE and the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education as Associate Dean

American Association of University WomenNEA/AAUW Survey on Gender and Leadership$7,500
Bill of Rights Institute (BORI)Documents for Freedom evaluation$56,500
Bringing Theory to Practicecampus dialog grant$5,000
Center for Public Integrity (CPI)Impact Evaluation of Media Influence on the Treatment of Money in Politics$50,000
Close Up FoundationClose Up Foundation formative evaluation$18,000
Corporation for National and Community ServiceEffects of national service on employment (renewed twice)$301,715
Democracy FundNews Literacy Education$ 125,000
Democracy FundMonkey Cage blog series$13,200
Democracy Fund with Knight Foundation and McCormick FoundationEvaluation of the Online News Association$50,000
DePauw Sub (Carnegie Corp. Prime)Mapping the Humanities in Indiana$40,000
Engelhard FoundationMoving the Needle$75,000
Ford Foundation via National Council for the Social Studiesplanning grant$10,000
Foundation for Civic LeadershipNational Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE)$310,065
Foundation for Civic Leadership and The Bernard and Audre Rapoport FoundationNational Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (The PI reports to me; I am not the PI)$853,875
Healthy Democracy, Inc.Massachusetts Citizens Initiative Review$25,000
Indiana Humanities CouncilIndiana Humanities Council mapping project$7,250
Jobs for the FutureDeeper Learning for Civic Engagement$20,000
Knight FoundationGeneration Citizen evaluation$95,900
Library of CongressInteractive Civics$7,500
National Conference on LeadershipNCoC Civic Health Index$84,000
National Endowment for the ArtsCan the Arts Combat the Negative Effects of Gentrification$20,000
Omidyar NetworkSocial Emotional Learning Planning Grant$15,000
Omidyar Networkevaluation of several election-related initiatives$295,000
Online News AssociationEvaluation$50,000
Points of Light FoundationService Works Program Evaluation$ 25,000
Poynter InstitutePunditFact evaluation$45,000
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. FoundationResearch on K-12 Education II$175,000
Spencer FoundationEvaluation of Illinois Professional Development$50,000
Spencer FoundationCivic Education, Youth Engagement, and Public Policy$350,000
Spencer FoundationHow Teachers Address Inequality in Their Instruction$25,000
State of Florida through University of South FloridaPartnership for Civic Learning$ 50,000
Street Law, Inc.Civic Education in Ukraine$16,800
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport FoundationDiscretionary Voter Suppression and College Students$47,162
The McCormick FoundationIllinois Civic Mission of Schools coalition assessment$15,000
The McCormick FoundationNational Survey of Civics Teachers$30,000
The Nonzero FoundationBloggingheads evaluation (SRA)$15,000
The William and Flora Hewlett FoundationWho Are the Most Civically Engaged Americans?$50,000
Tides Foundationyouth voting survey$100,000
Tufts Collaborates (internal)Arts Combating Gentrification$49,000
University of Central Florida, Lou Frey InstitutePartnership for Civic Learning$50,000
US Dept of Ed. primed through Filament GamesDiscussion Maker evaluation$120,000
W.T Grant FoundationReducing Inequality through Youth Civic Empowerment$125,000
WT Grant FoundationReducing Inequality through Youth Civic Enpowerment$125,000
WT Grant FoundationEngaging stakeholders$25,000
Zussman & Silicon Valley Comm. Fund GiftSocial-Emotional Learning and Civic Engagement$ 83,000

Grants and contracts at Tufts University during 2008-2012, for which I was Principal Investigator

Corporation for National and Community ServiceSocial network for college students$570,000
Foundation for Civic LeadershipNational Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement$310,000
US Department of Education (via University of Wisconsin prime)Legislative Aide experiment$110,000
Corporation for National and Community ServiceResearch on volunteerism$128,000
Bridging Theory to PracticePsychosocial determinants of civic engagement$100,000
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. FoundationResearch on Civic Education$100,000
Next Generation Learning ChallengeiCivics evaluation$82,714
National Conference on CitizenshipCivic Health Index$80,000
Kettering FoundationResearch on non-college youth$72,000
Spencer FoundationLongitudinal Study of Controversial Issues Discussion in High Schools$25,000
New America FoundationChange and Stability in Perceptions of the Social Contract$25,000
Corporation for National and Community Service (via Penn State)Effects of AmeriCorps service$25,000
Massachusetts Department of EducationGreen in the Middle Evaluation$29,104
Aspen InstituteWhite paper on civic communications$20,000
Civic Enterprises LLC“Civic Lives of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans”$20,000
Corporation for National and Community ServiceVolunteer Service as a Development Opportunity$18,000
Abt Associatesconsulting on service-learning randomized field experiment$10,492
Omidyar NetworkStrategy memo$5,000

Grants and contracts for which I was principal investigator at the University of Maryland (2006-08)

Carnegie Corporation of New YorkGeneral support (2006-7)$1 million
The Pew Charitable TrustsGeneral support (2005-6)$1,310,450
Beldon Foundation, JEHT Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Solidago FundPooled fund for randomized field studies of voting$250,000
Kettering Foundation (three grants)College students and politics$151,000
Ford FoundationNarrowing of the K-12 curriculum$100,000
National Conference on Citizenship (four contracts)Civic health reports$139,980
Kellogg Foundation (via Brandeis University prime)Emerging scholars in service-learning$44,000
Spencer FoundationThe Changing Transition to Adulthood$49,070
Carnegie Corporation of New YorkMeetings on developmental psychology and political science$34,100
Case FoundationMake it Your Own Award competition evaluation$30,000
Bonner FoundationEvaluation$19,000
Tides FoundationPrecinct-level turnout study$10,000
Deliberative Democracy ConsortiumResearch paper$10,000
Generation EngageProgram evaluation$5,000
Ford Foundation (coordinator, not PI)Democracy Imperative project on the digital commons$125,000
Grosvenor Fund, National Geographic FoundationCommunity mapping project (2004)$106,000
Kettering FoundationWebsite on democratic theory for journalists$35,500
The Florence and John Schumann FoundationThe New Progressive Era (book)$30,000
Kettering Foundationpublic engagement in Federal agencies (2001)$15,000
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek. Overall PI was Anton Vedder, University of TilburgThe Reliability of Medical Information on the Internet10,400 Euros
Kettering FoundationOral history project$9,700

Grants and contracts obtained for CIRCLE, when I was co-principal investigator and deputy director (2001-6)

The Pew Charitable TrustsGeneral operating support, 2001-5$4,570,000
The Pew Charitable TrustsGeneral operating support, 2006-7$2,980,000
Carnegie Corporation of New YorkGeneral operating support, 2001-5$500,000