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Nanette Levinson

Associate Professor
School of International Service

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Member, Faculty Senate
    Chair, SIS Faculty Actions Committee
  • Nanette S. Levinson is Academic Director of the SIS/Sciences-Po Exchange and Editor of the International Communication Section, The International Studies Compendium Project. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. She served as Associate Dean from 1988-2005.

    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.
  • Degrees

    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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Teaching

  • Spring 2014

    • SISU-340 Topics in Global Inequalty/Dev: Social Entrepreneuring
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  • Fall 2014

    • SISU-340 Topics in Global Inequalty/Dev: Social Entrepreneuring
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Levinson’s research interests include Internet Policies and Governance; Cross-national Alliances; International Science & Technology Policy and Administration; Innovation; Change Processes; Culture, Communication & Social Entrepreneurship.

  • "Innovation in Cross-National Alliance Ecosystems." International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 11 (2010): 258-263.
  • “Teaching Globalization, Globally: A Seven-Year Case Study of South Africa-US Virtual Teams,” (with D. Cogburn), Information Technologies and International Development, Vol. 4, Issue 3, Spring 2008.
  • “Help Me, Help You: A Triple-Track Approach to Maximizing Collaborative Learning in Complex, Cross-National Virtual Teams,” (with D. Cogburn), Computer Supported-Collaborative Learning: Best Practices and Principles For Instructors, ed. by A.L.R. Lassiter and K. Orvis, Information Science Publishing, 2007.
  • “Internet and Developing Nations.” The Internet Encyclopedia.  Ed. by H. Bidgoli,  New: JohnWiley & Sons, 2004.
  • “U.S.-Africa Virtual Collaboration in Globalization Studies: Success Factors for Complex Cross-National Learning Teams.” (with D. Cogburn) International Studies Perspectives, 2003.
  • “Internet Governance and Institutional Change.” The Tocqueville Review, 2002.
  • "Management of Information, Communication and Media Resources," Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, UNESCO, 2002.
  • Leading By Example: U.S. Women Leaders in International Affairs, with Pauline Baker, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Washington, DC., 1998 Study Report
  • “Globaliberal Arts Approach: The International Studies Major and the Next Millennium,” International Studies in the New Millennium: Meeting the Challenge of Globalization, ed. by Julia A. Kushigian and Penny Parsekian, Praeger, 1998.

Professional Presentations

  • “Digital Divides Revisited: Co-Processes, Culture & Digital Development”, Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting, 2012.
  • “Extending Rights: Innovations In Global Internet Governance,” Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, September 2011.
  • “Improvising Internet Governance: Emerging Trends In The Internet Governance Forum,” with D. Cogburn.  Paper presented at the International Association for Media & Communication Research Annual Meeting, July 2011.
  • “Innovation and Development: Emerging Trends in Social Entrepreneurship,” Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting, March, 2011.
  • "NGOs in Global Internet Governance: Co-Creation Processes, Collective Learning, and Network Effectiveness." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Toronto, 2009.

Work In Progress

Research Project on Clusters, Cultures, Communication, and Change in the context of Internet Governance. 

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Alpha Chi Omega-Beta Rho Excellence in Teaching Award, 2008   
  • International Studies Association Venture Research Workshop (one of seven selected), 2008   
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs Academic Update, Selected for Faculty Spotlight, November/December 2007   
  • American University (AU) Outstanding Honors Contribution Award, Honors Program, 2006   
  • School of International Service (SIS) Outstanding Service to the University Community Award, 2005  
  • SIS Outstanding Faculty/Administrator Award, 2003   
  • Special Recognition/Outstanding Faculty Contribution Award, AU Multicultural Affairs & International Student Services, 2001      

Selected Publications

  • "Innovation in Cross-National Alliance Ecosystems." International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 11 (2010): 258-263.
  • “Teaching Globalization, Globally: A Seven-Year Case Study of South Africa-US Virtual Teams,” (with D. Cogburn), Information Technologies and International Development, Vol. 4, Issue 3, Spring 2008.
  • “Help Me, Help You: A Triple-Track Approach to Maximizing Collaborative Learning in Complex, Cross-National Virtual Teams,” (with D. Cogburn), Computer Supported-Collaborative Learning: Best Practices and Principles For Instructors, ed. by A.L.R. Lassiter and K. Orvis, Information Science Publishing, 2007.
  • “Internet and Developing Nations.” The Internet Encyclopedia.  Ed. by H. Bidgoli,  New: JohnWiley & Sons, 2004.
  • “U.S.-Africa Virtual Collaboration in Globalization Studies: Success Factors for Complex Cross-National Learning Teams.” (with D. Cogburn) International Studies Perspectives, 2003.
  • “Internet Governance and Institutional Change.” The Tocqueville Review, 2002.
  • "Management of Information, Communication and Media Resources," Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, UNESCO, 2002.
  • Leading By Example: U.S. Women Leaders in International Affairs, with Pauline Baker, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Washington, DC., 1998 Study Report.
  • “Globaliberal Arts Approach: The International Studies Major and the Next Millennium,” International Studies in the New Millennium: Meeting the Challenge of Globalization, ed. by Julia A. Kushigian and Penny Parsekian, Praeger, 1998.

Executive Experience

  • Program Chair-Elect, Information Technology and Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2009-.
  • Chair, Global Internet Governance Academic Network, 2008 –2009.   
  • Chair, International Communication Section, International Studies Association, 2007- 2008. 
  • Section Editor, International Studies Association Compendium Project, International Communication, 2007-present.   
  • Program Chair, International Communication Section, International Studies Association, 2006-2007.  
  • Member, Program Committee, Global Internet Governance Academic Network, 2007.  
  • Board Member, Information Technology and Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2006-2008.
  • Reviewer, PS: Political Science and Politics, 2008-present.   
  • Reviewer, The Handbook of Technology Management, 2008.
  • Reviewer, Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 2007-present.  
  • Reviewer, Review of Policy Research, 2006-present.

AU Expert

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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