Peggy Levitt sociologist, author and professor

Peggy Levitt is Chair and Professor of Sociology and the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies at Wellesley College and an Associate at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She is also the co-founder of the Global (De)Centre. Her latest book, Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display was published by the University of California Press in July of 2015, about which Publishers Weekly had this to say: 

In this diligent international study, Levitt...uses a series of case studies to evaluate how museums are adapting to the new global environment, which is marked by rapid immigration and social change. Levitt sets up some revealing comparisons among institutions. …an illuminating study that will be of interest to academics and museum professionals working in the field today.

She is currently writing two books. Move Over, Mona Lisa. Move Over, Jane Eyre. looks at cultural inequality and what we can do about by studying how artists and writers from what have been culturally peripheral countries get recognized on the global cultural stage. Her second book project, co-authored with Erica Dobbs, Ruxandra Paul, and Ken Sun examines transnational social protection or how migrants and their families provide for themselves outside the framework of the nation-state and transform social welfare as we know it.

Other projects include a forthcoming co-edited special volume, with Wiebke Sievers, of The Journal of World Literature, on the circulation of writers from the Global South and a co-edited special volume of The Journal of the International Cultural Policy on cultural policies and cultural politics in Global South cities with Anna Triandafyllidou, Jeremie Molho, and Nicholas Dines.
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