Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
Lincoln Filene Hall
Medford, MA 02155
Email Prof. Levine
Research Professor in Philosophy, Lincoln
Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs,
Director of CIRCLE
Public Policy, Civic Engagement
Peter Levine is the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs
in Tufts University's Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and
Director of CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement).
He has a secondary appointment as a research professor in the Tufts Philosophy Department.
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 the forthcoming book We are the Ones We have been Waiting for: The
Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, fall 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, the Kettering
Foundation, the American Bar Association Committee's for Public Education, the Paul
J. Aicher Foundation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.
Selected Publications Related to Philosophy
- We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise
of Civic Renewal in America, Oxford University Press (fall 2013 catalog).
- (Co-edited volume with Karol Soltan) Civic Studies (in press)
- "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.
- "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 &
- "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
- (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
- "Journalism and Democracy: Does it Matter How Well the Press Covers Iraq?"
National Civic Review, vol. 93, no. 3 (Fall 2004), pp. 16-24.
- "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.
- "The Internet and Civil Society," in Verna V. Gehring, ed., The Internet
in Public Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), pp. 79-98. A longer version has
been published in a volume entitled Ethics and the Internet, edited by
Anton Vedder (Oxford: Intersentia, 2001), pp. 177-193.
- "The Libertarian Critique of Labor Unions," Philosophy & Public Policy
Quarterly, Volume 21, Number 4 (Fall 2001)
- "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.
- "Public Intellectuals and the Influence of Economics," The Higher
Education Exchange, 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,
- "Lolita and Aristotle's Ethics," Philosophy and
Literature, volume 19, number 1 (April, 1995), pp. 32-4