Peggy Levitt sociologist, author and professor


Peggy Levitt is Chair and Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. She is also the co-director of the Transnational Studies Initiative at Harvard. Her new book, Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display was published by the University of California Press in July 2015. 

Peggy was a Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute in Summer 2015 and the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies’ Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the American University of Cairo in March 2015. In 2014, she received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Maastricht University, held the Astor Visiting Professorship at Oxford University, and was a guest professor at the University of Vienna. She was a Senior Visiting Scholar at the Universities of Deusto (Bilbao), Latvia, and Valencia in 2013, the Visiting International Fellow at the Vrije University in Amsterdam from 2010-2012 and the Willie Brandt Guest Professor at the University of Malmö in 2009. She received an Ethel-Jane Westfelt Bunting Fellowship from the School for Advanced Research in 2010. The MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council have all supported her work. 

Her books include Religion on the Edge (Oxford University Press, 2012), 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 Racial and Ethnic Studies, 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 research examines global citizenship and global social protection. In a world on the move, how are people protected and provided for outside the traditional framework of the nation-state? Where do the values, skills and political agendas come from that enable us to embrace diversity next door and across the globe? 

Peggy’s page on the Wellesley College website  |  Transnational Studies Initiative