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Public Scholarship

Our research grants and curricular support create opportunities for academic study and deep understanding of the complexity of social problems, the constraints of action and possibilities for change.

Summer Research Fellows

Research fellowships provide financial support and guidance for students and faculty to design and conduct collaborative summer research that addresses and fosters understanding of persistent social problems.

Summer Research Groups

Research group grants provide funding for groups of students and faculty to conduct collaborative summer research. Student research groups have investigated topics such as religious spaces, mass media and lead exposure.

Course Development Grants

These grants provide support to faculty members who wish to incorporate the theory and practice of social change into their classes, using the lens of transformational leadership and social innovation.

Speaker Series and Programs

The Levitt Center focuses on four areas of scholarship through our lectures and other programming: inequality and equity; justice and security; sustainability; and public health and well-being. By narrowing our focus on these four subjects, we hope to address them in meaningful ways throughout the year.

Public Opinion Polls

Students conduct polls and pilot surveys under the guidance of a faculty member. The more recent final polls were conducted by Knowledge Networks; Zogby International conducted earlier polls.


The Levitt Center is the reason I am in the career I’m in today. After my sophomore year, I was awarded a $4,000 grant to cover the expenses of an unpaid internship at the National Women’s Law Center, which inspired my career advocating for gender equity and racial justice. I later worked as a program assistant for Project SHINE, giving back to the Levitt Center. Since graduating, I earned a master’s in gender studies from the London School of Economics and have been steeped in the nonprofit sector advocating for social justice in a variety of areas — gender equity, racial justice, reproductive and sexual health, legal justice, and LGBTQ advocacy. I currently do marketing and grant writing at Nontraditional Employment for Women, a nonprofit that helps women, trans, and non-binary folks get into union construction careers, ensuring economic stability for themselves and their families.

Carolyn Kossow ’17

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