Faculty Profiles

Traci Levy

Associate Professor, Interim Chair
Political Science and International Relations, College of Arts and Sciences

Gender and Sexuality Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Blodgett Hall 202a

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General Information



Ph.D., University of Notre Dame (2002)

B.A., Loyola College in Maryland (1992)

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications

“Certificate of Participation: 2021 Teaching & Learning (Virtual) Conference.” Adelphi University. “Teaching and Learning in Uncertain Times.” April 7-8, 2021.

“Certificate of Completion: Designing Emotion: How to Use Design to Move People.” LinkedIn Learning. Completed January 28, 2021.

Online Academy: Course Development Certificate. Intensive online training from Adelphi University’s Faculty Center for Professional Excellence. Completed August 2020.

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

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 justice. Please see my "Research Interests" tab for more. You can also see my some of my published work at ResearchGate.

I have designed two versions of an educational roleplaying game, The Challenge and Inequality of Care. Both versions of the game focus on informal caregiving in the United States in the context of a meagre care policy landscape and intense workplace pressures. The game helps students better understand the relationship between inequality and caregiving, with a particular focus on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

The extended version of the care game runs over four weeks of a 3-credit class (including set-up and debrief); the short version runs over 2.5 hours (roughly one week of a 3-credit course). You can request the instructor's manual for either version here.

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 Department of Political Science and International Relations. I am constantly inspired by my colleagues and our students. 

Between fall 2010 semester and summer 2022, I served as Director of the Gender & Sexuality Studies minor, an interdisciplinary program. I'm serving as director again for the 2023-2024 academic year. (The program evolved from Women's Studies to Gender Studies to its current name and program. It was my honor to oversee the transition from each of these revisions.)

I am a co-author and was a co-facilitator of a three-hour workshop, "Gender Bias & Title IX." The workshop is part of a Diversity Certificate program for faculty, staff and administrators. Until 2021, we 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. (Due to my workload, I stepped away from co-facilitating these workshops in 2021.)

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