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Nanette Levinson Professor SIS - Env Dev Health

EdD, social policy analysis, Harvard University;

EdM, sociology of education, Harvard University;

BA, social relations, Harvard University

Languages Spoken
French, German
Favorite Spot on Campus
"The Dav" and the Internet Governance Lab!
Nanette S. Levinson is Professor and Academic Director of the SIS/Sciences-Po Exchange. Currently one of two Directors of the Internet Governance Lab, she has also served 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.” In 2021 The International Studies Association International Communication Section selected her for its "Distinguished Scholar Award".

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.
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Spring 2023

  • HNRS-098 Honors Capstone Supplement

  • HNRS-098 Honors Capstone Supplement

  • HNRS-098 Honors Capstone Supplement

  • SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation

  • SISU-419 Senior Capstone: Int'l Studies: Social Innovatn/Positive Chng

Fall 2023

  • SIS-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Distinguished Scholar Award, International Studies Association International Communication Section, 2021
  • 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

Selected Publications

Recent Books:

  • L. DeNardis, D.L. Cogburn, N.S. Levinson and F. Musiani, co-editors, Researching Internet Governance: Methods, Frameworks, Futures. MIT Press, 2020. 

  • F. Musiani, D. L. Cogburn, L. DeNardis, and N.S. Levinson, co-editors, The Turn To Infrastructure In Internet Governance. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Select Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • “Idea Entrepreneurs: The United Nations Open-Ended Working Group & Cybersecurity”. Telecommunications Policy 45, (6): July 2021.
  • “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.

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


AU Experts

Area of Expertise

Internet governance policy; communication culture, and developing countries; science and technology policies; cross-national strategic alliances and globalization; 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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