Peter Levine

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Tufts University
Jonathan M. Tisch College of
Civic Life
Lincoln Filene Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.4781
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Research Professor in Philosophy, Tisch College Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs, and Research Professor in the Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute


Modern Political Theory, Public Policy, Civic Engagement

Peter Levine is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. He has a secondary appointment as a research professor in the Tufts Philosophy Department as well as appointments in Political Science and the Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. With Philosophy Professor Erin Kelly, Levine co-directs the A&S major in Civic Studies, which involves a substantial component of political philosophy and ethics.

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 until 2008, he was a member of the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy at the University of Maryland and an affiliate faculty member of the Maryland Philosophy Department and a regular teacher in the University's Committee on Philosophy, Politics, and Public Policy. In the late 1990s, he was 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, fall 2013), and the author or editor of eight 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, the Kettering Foundation, the American Bar Association Committee's for Public Education, the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

Ph.D., Oxford University
B.A., Yale University

Selected Publications Related to Philosophy

  • "Habermas with a Whiff of Tear Gas: Nonviolent Campaigns and Deliberation in an Era of Authoritarianism," Journal of Public Deliberation, in press
  • Special Issue of The Good Society (the journal of Civic Studies) on Reintegrating Facts, Values, and Strategies, vol. 26, no. 2-3
  • Saving Relational Politics," Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 14, Issue 02, June 2016, pp. 468-473
  • "The Lack of Diversity in Philosophy is Blocking its Progress," Aeon Magazine, June 28, 2016
  • Democracy in the Digital Age," The Civic Media Reader, edited by Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016), pp. 29-47.
  • 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
  • We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America, Oxford University Press (2013).
  • (Co-edited volume with Karol Soltan) Civic Studies (2014)
  • "A Defense of Higher Education and Its Civic Mission," Journal of General Education vol. 63, no. 1 (2014), pp. 47-56
  • "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
  • "My View: How Schools Should Handle 9/11 in Class," CNN's "Schools of Thought" website, Sept. 11, 2012.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "Patriotism Can Serve Constructive Purposes in Education," in Noel Merino, ed., Current Controversies: Patriotism (Greenhaven Press, 2011), pp. 107-13.
  • "Seeing like a Citizen: The Contributions of Elinor Ostrom to ‘Civic Studies,'" The Good Society, vol. 20, no. 1 (2011), pp. 3-14.
  • "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
  • "The Public and its Problems," National Civic Review centennial edition, vol. 100, no. 1 (April 2011), pp. 42-50
  • (with 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).
  • "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
  • "Civic Knowledge," in Michael Edwards, ed.., The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 362-374.
  • Reforming the Humanities: Literature and Ethics from Dante through Modern Times (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
    (co-edited volume with James Youniss) Engaging Young People in Civic Life (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009)
  • "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).
  • The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens (Tufts University Press, 2007)
  • "Education and the Limits of Technocracy," Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 3/4 (Summer/Fall 2007), pp. 17-21.
  • "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.
  • (co-edited volume with John Gastil), The Deliberative Democracy Handbook: Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the Twenty-First Century (Jossey-Bass, 2005). Mandarin translation, Taiwan, 2012
  • "Civic Renewal in America," Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 1/2 (winter/spring 2006), pp. 2-12.
  • "The Problem of Online Misinformation and the Role of Schools," Studies in Media & Information Literacy Education, volume 5, issue 1 (February 2005)
  • "Collective Action, Civic Engagement, and the Knowledge Commons," chapter 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).
  • (with Archon Fung and John Gastil) "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
  • "A Movement for the Commons?" The Responsive Community, vol. 13, no. 4 (Fall 2003), pp. 28-39
  • "Building the E-Commons," The Good Society, vol. 11, no. 3 (2003), pp. 1-9.
  • ""The Libertarian Critique of Labor Unions," Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, Volume 21, Number 4 (Fall 2001)
  • "Lessons from the Brooklyn Museum Controversy," Report from the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, vol. 20, no. 2/3, Summer 2000
  • The New Progressive Era: Toward a Fair and Deliberative Democracy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000)
  • "Getting Practical About Deliberative Democracy," The Report from the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Fall 1999
  • "Why Dante Damned Francesca da Rimini," Philosophy & Literature, vol. 23 (October, 1999), pp. 334-350
  • Living Without Philosophy: On Narrative, Rhetoric, and Morality (Albany: SUNY Press, 1998)
  • "Nietzsche and the Greeks," The International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Spring 1998, pp. 527-529
  • Something to Hide, a novel (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996)
  • Nietzsche and the Modern Crisis of the Humanities (Albany: SUNY Press, 1995)
  • "Lolita and Aristotle's Ethics," Philosophy and Literature, volume 19, number 1 (April, 1995), pp. 32-4