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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Nancy Thomas

Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education

Nancy Thomas

Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education

Phone 617.627.4802
10 Upper Campus Road, Medford, MA
Biography: 

Nancy Thomas directs research on higher education’s role in American democracy, including the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). Prior to joining Tisch College in 2012, Nancy directed the Democracy Imperative, a national network of academics and practitioners working to advance deliberative democracy in higher education. Earlier in her career, she practiced university law. She currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Public Deliberation and senior associate with Everyday Democracy. Her professional interests connect political learning and democratic engagement; equity, diversity, and inclusion; academic freedom and free speech, and; legal issues in higher education. She holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a JD from Case Western Reserve University.