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Nanette Levinson

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs School of International Service

Nanette S. Levinson is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Academic Director of the SIS/Sciences-Po Exchange. Currently Co-Director of the Internet Governance Lab, she also serves as Editor of the International Communication Section, The International Studies Compendium Project. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

Recipient of awards for outstanding teaching, program development, academic affairs administration, multicultural affairs and honors programming, she has designed campus co-curricular learning initiatives as well as research-based training programs for the private and public sectors. In 2011, the Ashoka Foundation presented her with an “Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Entrepreneurship Education.”

Her research and teaching focus on knowledge transfer, culture, and innovation; internet and global governance; and social entrepreneurship. She also studies co-processes and change focusing on new media, culture and policy issues in the developing world. Prof. Levinson's writings appear in journals ranging from Information Technologies and International Development to International Studies Perspectives. She received her bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

Degrees

EdD, social policy analysis, Harvard University;
EdM, sociology of education, Harvard University;
BA, social relations, Harvard University

Favorite Spot on Campus
"The Dav" and the New Media Lab
Book Currently Reading
Hawaii Pono, by Lawrence Fuchs
Languages Spoken
French, German

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Office
SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 241
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. + by appointment & skype anytime!
Contact Info
(202) 885-1480 (Office)

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See Also
Professor Levinson's Twitter feed
The International Communication Program website

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Books
  • D. Cogburn, L. Denardis, F. Musiani, and N.S. Levinson, co-editors, The Turn To Infrastructure In Internet Governance.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • Editor, New Federal Policies for R&D Impacts on Government, Industry and Academe: Proceedings of the 38th National Conference on the Advancement of Research, University Press of America, 1985.
Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • “A Tri-Decennia View of Knowledge Transfer Research: What Works In Diffusion & Development Contexts” Journal of International Communication, 21 (2): September 2015.
  •  "Linking Trajectories: On-line Learning and Intercultural Exchanges", with Kaitlin Davidson.  International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. July 2015.
  • “Developing and Evaluating an Accessible Cyberteaching Training (ACT) Program for Faculty via a Virtual Center for Teaching and Learning “, with Jennifer Ellis, Derrick Cogburn, Marilyn Arnone, in Proceedings of 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, IEEE Computer Society Press, January 2015.
  • “A Virtual Educational Exchange: A North–South Virtually Shared Class on Sustainable Development”, with Augusta Abrahamse, Mathew Johnson, Larry Medsker, Joshua M. Pearce, Carla Quiroga, and Ruth Scipione. Journal of Studies in International Education Journal of Studies in International Education, May 2015: 19 (2): 140-159.
  •  “Evaluating the Role of Face-to-Face Residencies in Cross-National, Accessible Cyberlearning”, with J. Ellis, M. Arnone, D. Cogburn, in Proceedings of 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, IEEE Computer Society Press, January 2014.
  • “Social Entrepreneurship: Culture, Communication and Change” Syllabus (one of ten exemplary peer-reviewed syllabi selected for publication), Ashoka U Curriculum and Teaching Resource Guide, 2010.
  • "International Communication As A Field: An Overview,” in Robert Denemark, ed., The International Studies Compendium Project.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, Volume I, 2010.
  • “Technology and Development in International Communication,” in Robert Denemark, ed., The International Studies Compendium Project.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, Volume X, 2010.
  • “Innovation in Cross-National Alliance Ecosystems,” International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2010: 258-264.
  • “A Decade of Globally Distributed Collaborative Learning: Lessons Learned from Cross-National Virtual Teams,” with D. Cogburn,  A. Ramnarine-Rieks,  F. Espinoza Vasquez, in Proceedings of the 43rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2010.
  • "Teaching Globalization, Globally: A Seven-Year Case Study of South Africa-US Virtual Teams," with D. Cogburn, Information Technologies and International Development, Spring 2008, Vol. 4, No. 3: 75–88.
  • “Help Me, Help You: A Triple-Track Approach to Maximizing Collaborative Learning in Complex, Cross-National Virtual Teams,” with D. Cogburn, Chapter XII in Computer Supported-Collaborative Learning: Best Practices and Principles For Instructors, ed. by A.L.R. Lassiter and K. Orvis, Information Science Publishing, 2007.
  • “Internet and Developing Nations,” The Internet Encyclopedia, ed. by H. Bidgoli, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
  • “US-Africa Virtual Collaboration in Globalization Studies: Success Factors for Complex Cross-National Learning Teams,” with D. Cogburn, International Studies Perspectives. (4,1). February, 2003.
  • “Internet Governance and Institutional Change”, The Tocqueville Review. (XXIII, 2). 2002.
  • "Management of Information, Communication and Media Resources," Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. UNESCO: Oxford, UK, 2002

Professional Presentations

  • HICSS Workshop Co-Leader and Presenter, “Culture/Gender/Accessibility: Transforming Learning & Leadership Diversity”, January 2016
  • “International Organization and the Technical Communities In the Internet Governance Institutional Complex: Strategies and Perspectives", with M. Marzouki. Paper presented at the European Consortium on Political Research General Conference, August 2015.
  • “Advances In Virtual Learning: From Cross-cultural Teams To Regional/Global MOOCs”, Paper presented at the European Consortium on Political Research General Conference, August 2015
  • “Straddling Hegemony and Resistance in Internet Governance: The Soft Power of International Organizations”, with M. Marzouki. Paper prepared for the IAMCR Annual Conference, Section on Communication, Policy and Technology, July 2015
  • “Global Internet Governance and Europe: A Regional International Organization Perspective”, With M. Marzouki.  Paper presented at Council for European Studies Annual Conference, July 2015
  • Chair, Panel: Cultural Dimensions of Europeanization. Council for European Studies Annual Conference, July 2015
  • “Intergovernmental Organizations In The Global Internet Governance Architecture: Inconspicuous Strategic Players?” with M. Marzouki, Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting, February 2015
  • Roundtable Presenter, “Technology And Cross-Regional Collaborations: Projects, Potential, Problems, Prospects”, International Studies Association Annual Meeting, February 2015
  • Discussant, “Examining The Governance Of Globalizing Internet And Information Infrastructure”, International Studies Association Annual Meeting, February 2015
  • “From MOOCs to M-Study Abroad, Exchanges, Internships: New Trends & Opportunities”, APSA Teaching & Learning Conference, January 2015.
  • HICSS Workshop Co- Leader and Presenter, “Cross Cultural Communication in Accessible Global Virtual Teams”, January 2015

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • F. Gunther Eyck Award for Dedication and Devotion to Teaching and Students, SIS, 2015
  • International Travel Award, AU, 2013
  • Darrell Randall Award for Outstanding Service to the University Community, SIS, 2013
  • Ideas Incubator Grant, AU Center for Teaching, Research & Learning, 2011-2012
  • Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Entrepreneurship Education from the Ashoka Foundation, February 2011
  • AU SIS Faculty Member of the Year Award, 2008.
  • Alpha Chi Omega-Beta Rho Excellence in Teaching Award, 2008   
  • International Studies Association Venture Research Workshop (one of seven selected), 2008   
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs Academic Update, Selected for Faculty Spotlight, November/December 2007   
  • AU Outstanding Honors Contribution Award, Honors Program, 2006   
  • SIS Outstanding Service to the University Community Award, 2005  
  • SIS Outstanding Faculty/Administrator Award, 2003   
  • Special Recognition/Outstanding Faculty Contribution Award, AU Multicultural Affairs & International Student Services, 2001

Executive Experience

  • International Editorial Advisory Board, Global Media and Communication, 2016-
  • Editorial Board, Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture & Society, 2016-     
  • Mini-Track Chair, Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, 2016
  • Co-Director, Internet Governance Lab, 2016-
  • Section Co-Chair, European Consortium for Political Research, 2015 & 2016 General Conference
  • Member, ISA International Communication Best Book Award Committee, 2015
  • Reviewer, Policy and Internet, July 2015
  • Reviewer, PS: Political Science and Politics, 2008- 2015
  • Referee, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Grant, July-August 2015
  • Reviewer, National Science Foundation, Science of Organizations Program, April 2015
  • Reviewer, Global Commission on Internet Governance, April 2015
  • Member, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Expert Panel, 2014-2015
  • Member, GigaNet Program Committee, 2015
  • Reviewer, HICSS 2016 Annual Conference, July 2015
  • Member, International Studies Association Nominating Committee, 2014-2017
  • Chair, Global Internet Governance Academic Network, 2008-2009
  • Member, GigaNet Program Committee, 2009-2011, 2013-2015
  • Section Editor, International Studies Association Compendium Project, International Communication, Blackwell, 2007-2015.
  • Reviewer, Journal of Human Rights Practice, February 2015
  • Virtual Mentor, Ashoka Foundation/Rollins Faculty Institute, February 2014
  • Member, American Political Science Association Committee On Organized Sections, 2011-2015
  • Chair, APSA Information Technology and Politics Best Paper Award Committee, 2014
  • President, Information Technology and Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2010-2011
  • Program Chair, Information Technology and Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2009-2010 and Executive Board Member, 2006-2011
  • Member, Panel of Reviewers and Advisors, IAMCR Communication and Technology Policy Section, 2010-2014
  • Editorial Board Member, 2009- 2012, 2014 and Reviewer, Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 2007-2012
  • Chair, International Communication Section, International Studies Association, 2007-2008
  • Program Chair, International Communication Section, International Studies Association, 2006-2007
  • Reviewer, The Handbook of Technology Management, 2008
  • Reviewer, Review of Policy Research, 2006-2012

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: Internet governance policy issues; communication, culture, and developing countries; science and technology policies; Internet governance; cross-national strategic alliances and globalization; higher education; social entrepreneurship and leadership; innovation and knowledge transfer

Additional Information: Nanette S. Levinson
teaches in the International Communication Program, this year celebrating its 44th anniversary and its role as the first such program in the United States. Her teaching and research interests include international communication-information systems and Internet policy, social entrepreneurship, culture and technology,  cross-national alliances and electronic commerce, and international science and technology policy and administration. Her articles include (with M. Asahi), "Cross-national Strategic Alliances and Interorganizational Learning," Organizational Dynamics.  She has coauthored a study on women leaders in international affairs and written on the Internet and developing countries.  She has served as a consultant to public and private-sector organizations and as a board member of the National Conference on the Advancement of Research, the Women's Foreign Policy Group, and the Transatlantic Information Exchange Project. Levinson is past chair of the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association; president of the Information Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association; and past chair of GigaNet (Global Internet Governance Academic Network), an international network of scholars researching Internet governance-related issues. In spring 2011, she received the Award for Excellence In Social Entrepreneurship Education from the Ashoka Foundation, one of ten such awards given globally.
 

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