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Peter Levine

Associate Dean
Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs

Peter Levine

Associate Dean
Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs

Phone 617.627.2302
Barnum Hall, 110
163 Packard Ave, Medford, MA

Peter Levine is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life. He also appointments in the Tufts Philosophy Department, Political Science Department, and the Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He was the founding deputy director (2001-2006) and then the second director (2006-2015) of Tisch College’s CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. In addition, Levine co-leads the Civic Studies major, teaches the Summer Institute of Civic Studies, and organizes the annual Frontiers of Democracy conference.

Levine graduated from Yale in 1989 with a degree in philosophy. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. From 1991 until 1993, he was a research associate at Common Cause. From 1993-2008, he was a member of the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. During the late 1990s, he was also Deputy Director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal. Levine is the author of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, 2013)five other scholarly books on philosophy and politics, and a novel. He has served on the boards or steering committees of AmericaSpeaks, Street Law Inc., the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Discovering Justice, the Kettering Foundation, the American Bar Association Committee’s for Public Education, the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

Ph.D., Philosophy, Oxford University, Balliol College
B.A., Philosophy, Yale University
Professional Experience: 

Tufts University: Director of CIRCLE


University of Maryland: Director of CIRCLE


University of Maryland: Deputy Director of CIRCLE


University of Maryland: Research Scholar, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. 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)


Common Cause: Research Associate and registered federal lobbyist

Selected Honors and Awards: 
1988: Rhodes Scholarship
1988: Marshall Scholarship (declined)
Selected Professional Activities: 
2016-present: Tufts Data Intensive Studies Center, Advisory Committee Member
2016-present: Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHaT), Board Member
2015: Expert witness in North Carolina N.A.A.C.P. v. McCrory. (Expert report written with Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and testimony in federal court.)
2014-present: National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Civics Standing Committee
2013-present: Discovering Justice, Board Member
2011-2012: Council of Chief State School Officers committee drafting voluntary Common Core State Standards for the Social Studies, Chair of the Civics Committee
2009-present: Paul J. Aicher Foundation (whose primary project is the organization Everyday Democracy) Board Director
2003-present: Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Executive Committee (Chair, 2003-2006)
2002-present: Deliberative Democracy Consortium, Co-founder and Executive Committee
2000-2008: National Alliance for Civic Education (NACE), Co-founder
2004-present: Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Trustee (Program Committee, Chair 2012-2014)
Selected Funded Research: 

Peter Levine has served as Principal Investigator on 76 grants or contracts totaling $8.7 million and co-PI on three grants totaling $8 million.

See CV for full list.

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