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Dr. Nanette S. Levinson

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Ed.D. Harvard University, Social Policy Analysis
Ed.M. Harvard University, Sociology of Education/Education in Developing Nations
A.B. Harvard University, Social Relations

Curriculum Vitae:
Prof. Levinson CV

Research Interests:
Internet Policies and Governance; Cross-national Alliances; International Science & Technology Policy and Administration; Innoation; Change Processes; Culture, Communication & Social Entrepreneurship

Nanette S. Levinson is Associate Professor of International Relations, School of International Service, American University, Academic Director of the SIS/ Sciences-Po Exchange, and Senior Researcher, COTELCO (the Collaboration Laboratory). She is a past Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and Editor of the International Communication Section in Robert Denemark, Editor, The International Studies Compendium Project. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Additionally, she has served as Chair of the Information Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association as well as of the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association. From 1988-2005 she served as Associate Dean of the School of International Service.

Recipient of awards including those for outstanding teaching, program development, academic affairs administration, multicultural affairs and honors programming, she has designed co-curricular collaborative learning opportunities including the Freshman Service Experience and the Graduate Portal Program. Additionally, she has crafted and implemented 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” and included her peer-reviewed syllabus in its list and publication of the top ten syllabi in the field.

Having served as Chair (and the first woman elected to this position) of the Board of the National Conference on the Advancement of Research, Secretary-General of the Transatlantic Informational Exchange Services, and Board Member of the Women's Foreign Policy Group (where she co- authored a report on women leaders), Prof. Levinson has special interests in leadership, culture, communication and change.

Her research and teaching focus on knowledge transfer and innovation in a range of settings including cross-cultural/cross-national alliances; internet and global governance; cross-national, virtual collaboration; and social entrepreneurship. Also included is work centering on interorganizational learning and institutional change with special focus on new media and technology policy issues in the developing world. Prof. Levinson's writings appear online and 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.


Tel: (202) 885 1480

Office Hours:
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesday 2 p.m - 5 p.m.
after class, as well as by appointment, or anytime via email

Office Location:
School of International Service Building - Room 241

Address: SIS
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016