Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE)


The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) focuses on the political life of young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged. CIRCLE’s scholarly research informs policy and practice for healthier youth development and a better democracy.


The leading source of authoritative research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans, CIRCLE works nationally with youth-serving organizations to help them understand and assess the impact of their programming, as well as make the case for policy and infrastructure that supports youth engagement. CIRCLE’s research, which is widely cited in scholarly publications and national media outlets, changes public discourse about young people as citizens, showing that youth opinion and actions are important and valuable to democracy.

As part of the Tufts academic community, CIRCLE supports and conducts research within Tisch College and across the university. Examining the Tufts student population, CIRCLE collaborates on a unique longitudinal study on the impact of Tisch College’s work and has explored topics such as the connection between civic engagement and psychosocial well-being.

The Director of CIRCLE, Peter Levine, also serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tisch College.

Visit the CIRCLE website to learn more about their groundbreaking research on youth engagement.

Featured Research

On February 5, Jobs for the Future (JFF), a national nonprofit that advocates for all youth to gain the skills they need to succeed in the economy, released a paper entitled “Civic Education and Deeper Learning” by CIRCLE Director Peter Levine and Deputy Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg.

In “Civic Education and Deeper Learning,” Levine and Kawashima-Ginsberg argue that the best civic education exemplifies deeper learning. For its part, the deeper learning agenda must encompass civic education, because among the topics that students must learn to think critically about, discuss, and collaborate on are social and political issues.

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