Peter Levine

Director, CIRCLE

Peter Levine ( is Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

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 then until 2008 he was a research scholar at the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.

Levine has published We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (2013) eight other scholarly books on philosophy and politics, and a novel. He co-organized the writing of The Civic Mission of Schools, a report released by Carnegie Corporation of New York and CIRCLE in 2003 that led to a national advocacy campaign. He has served on the boards or steering committees of AmericaSpeaks, Discovering Justice, Street Law, 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, The Democracy Imperative, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.