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Nanette Levinson

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs School of International Service

Nanette S. Levinson is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Academic Director of the SIS/Sciences-Po Exchange. Currently Co-Director of the Internet Governance Lab, she also serves as Editor of the International Communication Section, The International Studies Compendium Project. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

Recipient of awards for outstanding teaching, program development, academic affairs administration, multicultural affairs and honors programming, she has designed campus co-curricular learning initiatives as well as research-based training programs for the private and public sectors. In 2011, the Ashoka Foundation presented her with an “Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Entrepreneurship Education.”

Her research and teaching focus on knowledge transfer, culture, and innovation; internet and global governance; and social entrepreneurship. She also studies co-processes and change focusing on new media, culture and policy issues in the developing world. Prof. Levinson's writings appear in journals ranging from Information Technologies and International Development to International Studies Perspectives. She received her bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.


EdD, social policy analysis, Harvard University;
EdM, sociology of education, Harvard University;
BA, social relations, Harvard University

Favorite Spot on Campus
"The Dav" and the New Media Lab
Book Currently Reading
Hawaii Pono, by Lawrence Fuchs
Languages Spoken
French, German

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SIS-School of Intl Service
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(202) 885-1480 (Office)

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See Also
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The International Communication Program website

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • F. Gunther Eyck Award for Dedication and Devotion to Teaching and Students, SIS, 2015
  • Darrell Randall Award for Outstanding Service to the University Community, SIS, 2013
  • Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Entrepreneurship Education from the Ashoka Foundation, February 2011

Executive Experience

  • International Editorial Advisory Board, Global Media and Communication, 2016-
  • Editorial Board, Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture & Society, 2016-     
  • Faculty Director, Internet Governance Lab, American University, 2016-
  • President, Information Technology and Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2010-2011
  • Chair, International Communication Section, International Studies Association, 2007-2008

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • “A Tri-Decennia View of Knowledge Transfer Research: What Works In Diffusion & Development Contexts” Journal of International Communication, 21 (2): September 2015.
  •  "Linking Trajectories: On-line Learning and Intercultural Exchanges", with Kaitlin Davidson (SIS Alumna).  International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. July 2015.

Book Chapters

  • “International Organizations and Global Internet Governance Interorganizational Architecture”, with M. Marzouki, Chapter 3 in D. Cogburn, L. Denardis, F. Musiani, and N.S. Levinson, co-editors, The Turn To Infrastructure In Internet Governance.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • “Internet Governance Institutionalization: Process and Trajectories”, with M. Marzouki, Chapter 1 in Michèle Rioux and Kim Fontaine-Skronski., eds. Global Governance Facing Structural Changes: New Institutional Trajectories for Digital and Transnational Capitalism.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.


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Area of Expertise: Internet governance policy issues; communication, culture, and developing countries; science and technology policies; Internet governance; cross-national strategic alliances and globalization; higher education; social entrepreneurship and leadership; innovation and knowledge transfer

Additional Information: Nanette S. Levinson
teaches in the International Communication Program, this year celebrating its 44th anniversary and its role as the first such program in the United States. Her teaching and research interests include international communication-information systems and Internet policy, social entrepreneurship, culture and technology,  cross-national alliances and electronic commerce, and international science and technology policy and administration. Her articles include (with M. Asahi), "Cross-national Strategic Alliances and Interorganizational Learning," Organizational Dynamics.  She has coauthored a study on women leaders in international affairs and written on the Internet and developing countries.  She has served as a consultant to public and private-sector organizations and as a board member of the National Conference on the Advancement of Research, the Women's Foreign Policy Group, and the Transatlantic Information Exchange Project. Levinson is past chair of the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association; president of the Information Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association; and past chair of GigaNet (Global Internet Governance Academic Network), an international network of scholars researching Internet governance-related issues. In spring 2011, she received the Award for Excellence In Social Entrepreneurship Education from the Ashoka Foundation, one of ten such awards given globally.

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