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.

Nicholas Anastasi '15

Hamilton Student Changemaker

Nicholas Anastasi '15 researched government transparency and rhetoric surrounding oil sand development in Alberta, Canada. These resources have been increasingly extracted over the decades due to technological advancements. Anastasi collected data on how the oil extraction industry has changed in the past half-century and "zeroed in on the relationship between government and industry" to see how the Canadian authorities make agreements with international corporations. Anastasi's work will ultimately contribute to determining if the government is moving toward sustainable oil sand development and data transparency.

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