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Naomi Levy

Associate Professor of Political Science, Santa Clara University

Naomi Levy is Associate Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University, a faculty affiliate at the Possibility Lab, and is a member of the Everyday Peace Indicators board of directors. Dr. Levy’s research centers on the relationships between ordinary citizens and the state. She employs community-based participatory methods to understand how the state can legitimize itself vis-à-vis the people and what might interrupt this process. With her work, she seeks to facilitate government responsiveness to community needs by amplifying the voices that are best placed to guide public servants.

Levy received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and also holds an MA in Social Sciences of Education from Stanford University School of Education. Her scholarship has been published in a broad range of academic journals, and she has received funding for her work from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Minerva Initiative, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the California Community Foundation / California 100 Initiative.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Santa Clara University


  • 2009 
    UC Berkeley, PhD/Political Science