Peggy Levitt sociologist, author and professor

Peggy Levitt is a Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and a Research Fellow at The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, where she co-directs The Transnational Studies Initiative. She was the Willie Brandt Guest Professor at the University of Malmö in Spring 2009, a visiting lecturer at the University of Limerick in Fall 2008, and a visiting professor at the University of Bologna during the summer of 2008. She is currently the Visiting International Fellow in the Dept. of Cultural Anthropology at the Vrije University in Amsterdam. Her books include God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape (New Press 2007), The Transnational Studies Reader (Routledge 2007), The Changing Face of Home: The Transnational Lives of the Second Generation (Russell Sage 2002), and The Transnational Villagers (UC Press, 2001). She has also edited special volumes of International Migration Review, Global Networks, Mobilities, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. A film based on her work, Art Across Borders, came out in 2009.

Her current projects include The Bog and the Beast: Museums, The Nation, and the World, about how museums around the world create national and global citizens; Reform Through Return?— The Impact of Return Migration and Social Remittances on Health and Education in India and China, about how social remittances and return migration affect institutional capacity building and policymaking in the health and education sectors in China and India; Books, Bronzes, and Broadcasts, a comparative study of sites of global citizenship creation including museums and heritage sites, universities, the global publishing industry, volunteer corps (such as the Peace Corp that countries like China and India are replicating) and the media (i.e. the BBC, Al Jazeera); and Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re- Centering the Sociology of Religion, a book project building on a growing body of research that de- centers taken-for-granted categories in the sociology of religion and, by doing so, re-centers some of its central tenants.