Peggy Levitt

Peggy Levitt
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B.A., Brandeis University; M.S., Columbia University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Peggy Levitt

Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies; Professor of Sociology

Studies international migration, transnational studies, development, religion, globalization, global arts and culture.

In addition to teaching at Wellesley, Peggy Levitt is also a Senior Research Fellow at The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University where she co-directs The Transnational Studies Initiative. She was the Willie Brandt Guest Professor at the University of Malmö in Spring 2009, a visiting lecturer at the University of Limerick in Fall 2008, and a visiting professor at the University of Bologna during the summer of 2008. She is currently the Visiting International Fellow in the Dept. of Cultural Anthropology at the Vrije University in Amsterdam.

Current Projects

THE BOG AND THE BEAST: MUSEUMS, THE NATION, AND THE WORLD – a comparative study of how and why museums around the world create (or not) citizens.

REFORM THROUGH RETURN? - THE IMPACT OF RETURN MIGRATION AND SOCIAL REMITTANCES ON HEALTH AND EDUCATION IN INDIA AND CHINA - a study of how social remittances and return migration affect institutional capacity building and policymaking in the health and education sectors in Yunnan, China and Gujarat, India (funded by the MacArthur Foundation and co-directed by Jennifer Holdawayof the Social Science Research Council).

BOOKS, BRONZES, AND BROADCASTS: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP CREATION - a comparative study of potential sites of global citizenship creation including museums and heritage sites, universities, the global publishing industry, volunteer corps (such as the Peace Corp that countries like China and India are replicating) and the media (i.e. the BBC, Al Jazeera). Co-directed by Pal Nyíri (Vrije University, Amsterdam) and Tine Damsholt (University of Copenhagen)

RELIGION ON THE EDGE: DE-CENTERING AND RE-CENTERING THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION - this book project builds on a growing body of research that de-centers taken-for-granted categories in the sociology of religion and, by doing so, re-centers some of its central tenants. Co-edited with Courtney Bender (Columbia University), Wendy Cadge (Brandeis University) and David Smilde (University of Georgia).

Transnational Studies Initiative (TSI)

TSI fosters conversations about a variety of transnational processes and dynamics, from a variety of disciplines.  Our goal is to identify common themes, structures, ideas, and institutions and to think through how to redefine identity, citizenship, community, and society in response. The Initiative is co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University

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