Ph.D., University of Notre Dame (2002)
B.A., Loyola College in Maryland (1992)
I am a normative political philosopher who cares deeply about justice and teaching.
My research interests center around: care theory; caregiving; family, care, and education policies; feminism; educational games; game design, and disability rights. Please see my "Research Interests" tab for more.
I teach courses on political philosophy and on political issues. I work with pedagogy, techniques, and materials to make learning as dynamic, inclusive, and engaging as possible. Please see my "Teaching: Specialization/Interests" tab for more.
My main "home" at Adelphi is on the faculty of the Political Science Department. I am constantly inspired by my colleagues and our students.
Since the fall 2010 semester, I have served as Director of the Gender Studies minor, an interdisciplinary program.
I am a co-author and co-facilitator of a three-hour workshop, "Gender Bias & Title IX" (with Renaire Frierson, J.D., Adelphi's Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equity and Compliance). The workshop is part of a Diversity Certificate program for faculty, staff and administrators. We have taught the workshop twice a semester most semesters since the fall of 2016. Beginning in 2018, we have also conducted this workshop with area public school faculty, staff, and administrators.
Family And Sexuality In Political Theory
Introduction To Politics
Modern Political Theory In The Western World
Seminar In The Social Sciences Family And Sexuality In Political Theory
Courses Previously Taught
Courses Previously Taught
I regularly teach the following courses on a rotating basis:
American Political Thought
Family and Sexuality in Political Theory
Feminist Theory & Practice
Introduction to Politics
Modern Political Thought
Politics, Empire, and Intrigue in Ancient Athens
I also have occasionally taught an interdisciplinary course on Rousseau and have offered a first-year seminar, Revolutionary Politics in NYC.
I love teaching. As Cynthia Enloe says, it's where I feel "my most useful self." I am a political philosopher with wide interests. I teach political philosophy from ancient to contemporary, politics of the family, (intersectional) feminist theory, and an introductory class on politics. My classes draw on many techniques and approaches to make the material as inclusive, engaging, interactive, and memorable as possible. For example, I incorporate diverse voices, politics and literature, small group work, debates, and role-playing pedagogy. I have participated in the Annual Faculty Institutes run by the Reacting to the Past consortium at Barnard College every summer from 2016-2020 to receiving training and experience in the Reacting pedagogy.
My teaching is also deeply influenced by my research as a care theorist. I approach students as whole people with diverse needs, backgrounds, and interests that shouldn't have to be sacrificed to gain new skills and knowledge. Part of teaching is building relationships, fostering community, and acknowledging each other's humanity.
I am currently developing The Challenge and Politics of Care, an extended role-playing game that runs over the course of four weeks (including set-up) for undergraduate classrooms of 12-36 students. The game immerses students in the tensions and demands of meeting care needs in the United States today. Based on class size, undergraduate instructors assign players roles with a range of identities, jobs, and care joys and needs. In these roles, players must navigate federal, state, and employer policies as they struggle to piece together resources that allow them to meet their care and caregiving needs in humane ways.
My research interests include: families in contemporary political theory, political discourse, and public policy; care policy landscapes, feminist theory, a public ethic of care, politics of rights, disability studies, and pedagogy.
Levy, Traci and Elizabeth Palley (2010), Education, Needs, and a Feminist Ethic of Care: Lessons from Discomfort with Academic Giftedness. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, 17 (1), 80-110.
Levy, Traci (2006), "The Relational Self and the Right to Give Care". New Political Science, 28, No. 4:, 547-570.
Levy, Traci (2005), "At the Intersection of Intimacy and Care: Redefining 'Family' through the Lens of a Public Ethic of Care". Politics & Gender, 1, No. 1, 65-95.
Levy, Traci (2021). Presenter. "The Challenge and Politics of Care Game: Issues and Mechanics" at the "Pitch Party I" session of the Reacting to the Past Game Development Conference.
Levy, Traci (2021). Presenter. "The Challenge and Politics of Care: A Role-Playing Game on Informal Caregiving for Undergraduate Classrooms" at the "Relations of Care Across and After Worlds" virtual conference hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Mellon-Borghesi Workshop.
Levy, Traci (2016). Discussant and Chair of panel, "Theoretical Issues of Care Considered" at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association. San Diego, California.
Levy, Traci (2016). Discussant and Chair of panel, "Changing Conceptions of Gender Roles and Care." Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association. San Diego, California.
Levy, Traci (2014). Armed and Caring? U.S. Military in Political Rhetoric and Family Policy. In Western Political Science Association. Seattle, WA.
Levy, Traci and Deborah Little (2012). Who Cares: Integrating Disability Experiences into Care Theory. In Western Political Science Association. Portland, Oregon.
Levy, Traci (2011). Panel Discussant for "Markets, States, Rights and Families: A Politics of Care in a Global Age". In Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Seattle, Washington.
Little, Deborah and Traci Levy (2010). "Care and Disability: Issues of Power and Voice". In 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Disability Studies. Philadelphia, PA.
Levy, Traci & Deborah Little (2008). Paper presented: “Who Cares and Other Tensions between a Public Ethic of Care and Disability Studies". In 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Boston, Massachusetts.
Gray, Margaret and Traci Levy (2008). Paper presented: "Transnational Workers, Inequality, and Household Structure". In 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Boston, Massachusetts.
Levy, Traci and Deborah Little (2008). "Personal Assistant? Caregiver? A Dialogue between Disability Studies & Care Theory". In Paper Presented at the Society for Disability Studies. New York City.
Levy, Traci & Elizabeth Palley (2007). Presented paper: "U.S. Education Policy: Liberal Inadequacies and the Care Alternative". In Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work Conference: "Celebrating a Tradition of Caring". New York, New York.
Levy, Traci & Elizabeth Palley (2007). Presented paper: ""A Public Ethic of Care, Gifted Education, and No Child Left Behind". In Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association. Las Vegas, Nevada.
(2006). Discussant: Gender, Religion, & Ethnicity Panel. In Northeastern Political Science Association. Boston, Massachusetts.
(2006). Workshop Participant: Assessment and Learning Outcomes, TracK I. In American Political Science Association, Teaching & Learning Conference. Washington, D.C., February 18-20, 2006.
(2004). "Theorizing Caregiver Rights". In Northeastern Political Science Association. Boston, Massachusetts.
(2004). "The Care-Rights Oxymoron: The Viability and Implications of a Right to Give Care". In 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Chicago.
Selected Off-Campus/Community Invited Presentations (Since 2016):
Invited Co-Panelist, “Care Work in the COVID Crisis: Challenges & Opportunities,” live call-in program. Presented by Hofstra Labor Studies and the Center for Labor and Democracy, in collaboration with Long Island Jobs with Justice and A.L.L.O.W. (Advancing Local Leadership Opportunities for Women). July 7, 2020. For a recording that starts a few minutes in (due to a glitch): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4Vm64FJp0U .
Presenter, Five College Women's Studies Research Center "Works-in-Progress Seminar." Presented my manuscript, co-authored with Deborah Little, "Caresharing and Care-Pooling: Lessons from Disabled Parents and Young Carers." South Hadley, Massachusetts, on March 1, 2019.
Symposium participant, "Maternal Interventions for Ethical, Political, and Spiritual Transformation" focusing on the book The Obligated Self by Mara Benjamin. Held at Mt. Holyoke College on February 28, 2019.
Panelist, "The Political Glass Ceiling--Cracked but not Shattered." Organized by the League of Women Voters/Port Washington-Manhasset and held at the Port Washington Library. Port Washington, NY. April 2017.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Levy, Traci. Co-Creator & Co-Facilitator (with Renaire Frierson, J.D.) of "Gender Bias & Title IX," Three-hour workshop that is part of Adelphi's Diversity Certificate program for faculty, staff, and administrators. I generally co-facilitated two workshops/semester for the Adelphi community from fall 2016-spring 2020. We began running the workshop with area public schools in 2018.
Levy, Traci. (26 May 2021) "Writing Accountabilitiy Groups for Game Designers," Chain Reactions. (Blog from the Reacting to the Past Consortium.)
Levy, Traci. (2020), "Ditching the Syllabus Monologue." Inside Higher Ed. January 21.
Levy, Traci and Elizabeth Palley. (11 May 2021). “Yes, Care is Infrastructure.” Real Clear Policies. May 11, 2021.
Since 2016 (most recent first):
Luke Colle, Thesis: "A Philosophical & Practical Examination of the 2016 Raise the Wage Act." Spring 2018.
Jacqueline Condon, Thesis: "The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 and Beyond: Agenda Setting, Implementation, and What it Means for the Future." Spring 2017.
Sarah O'Connor. Thesis: "When Vogue is Your Bible: How the High-Fashion Modeling Industry has the Components of a Cult." Spring 2016.
Sebastian Souchet. Thesis: "Democracy and Anarchism: An Analysis of Sheldon Wolin’s Democratic Theory." Spring 2016.
Honors and Accomplishments
Honors and Accomplishments
"Teaching Excellence Award" for non-tenured faculty, from Adelphi University, 2005-2006
"Academic Adviser Recognition Award" from the Adelphi University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, May 2006
“Women’s Recognition Dinner Faculty Award” (one of two given) for “Outstanding Service, Leadership, and Commitment to Excellence,” from the Adelphi Student Government Association and Center for Student Involvement, March 2008.
Member, American Political Science Association (APSA), 1999 to present
Member of following APSA sections: Foundations of Political Theory,
Women and Politics, and Politics, Literature, and Film
Member: Reacting to the Past Consortium, 2016-present.
Please see my c.v.
Links provided to external websites, including personal faculty sites, do not imply an endorsement by Adelphi University of those sites, their content, or associated products and services.