Libby Newman

Libby Newman

Lecturer on Social Studies
Libby Newman

Libby Newman received her B.A. from The Evergreen State College and completed her Ph.D. in political theory at The New School for Social Research in 2009. Libby's research interests include children's rights, education, and the challenges associated with establishing legitimacy in diverse liberal democracies. Her book, "Liberalism in practice: The psychology and pedagogy of public reason," will be published by The MIT Press in 2015. In it, she asks how students can be educated to become effective participants in democratic discourse, while also considering what kind of civic education is appropriate in a diverse polity. Her next project considers whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires a minimally decent civic education in public schools, and, if it does, how this affects funding schemes for public education.

2013-14 Courses
Social Studies 10a (Fall)
Freshman Seminar 41x: Can Government Be "Good"? Ethics, Public Policy, and Tough Choices (Fall)
Social Studies 10b (Spring)
Social Studies 98ny: And Justice for All: Moral and Ethical Conflict in American Schools (Spring) 

Contact Information


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p: 617-384-8142