Peggy Levitt sociologist, author and professor


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The Transnational Studies Initiative bids farewell

January 2 2020

Founded by Peggy Levitt and Sanjeev Khagram in 2001 at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Hauser Center for Non-profit Organizations at Harvard University, and co-directed over the years by Tamara Kay and Jocelyn Viterna, TSI hosted numerous seminars and conferences, generated research, trained students, and produced a film to demonstrate the analytical purchase of using a transnational lens. We are grateful to all who joined us and will continue this work in other forums. 

Levitt receives Hans-Robert Roemer Fellowship from the Oriental Institute of Beirut

January 2 2020

The Oriental Institute of Beirut, one of ten German Humanities Institutes funded by the Max Weber Foundation, awarded Levitt the Hans-Robert Roemer Fellowship to support her research on cultural and intellectual inequality. She spent the fall of 2018 in Lebanon doing research on her new book. 

Levitt named Institute for Creativity Distinguished Visitor at the Hong Kong Baptist University

September 2 2019

Levitt returns to the Hong Kong Baptist University for a second time as the Institute for Creativity Distinguished Visitor. Among her several projects is to host a conference on Rethinking Western Canons: Social Theory in Asia in December 2019.  

Levitt contributes to exhibition catalogue for the Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston

September 2 2019

Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art will open a new exhibition, When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration Through Contemporary Art, in October 2019. Levitt’s contribution to the exhibition catalogue, “Words that Make Worlds” explores how the terms we use to talk about migration serve particular social and political interests, influence public opinion and policy-making, and help determine the entitlements and protections offered to some groups and denied to others. 

The Global (De) Centre plans its next winter school in Toledo, Spain in January 2020

August 29 2019

The GDC will host its second week-long school, “The Refugee Crisis?: A cross-regional comparison of challenges and opportunities,” organized by the department of sociology at the Pontificia University of Comillas. The program is open to graduate students and early junior professors and will take place in Toledo in January 2020. Stay tuned for more details