Naomi Levy is Associate Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University. She specializes in post-conflict statebuilding, and is particularly interested in the relationship between ordinary citizens and the state. Her work asks how individuals' understandings of their various political identities are shaped by the state's delivery of public services, and, in turn, how these understandings affect inter-group dynamics and state legitimacy. She also includes methodological questions as part of her scholarly pursuits.
Professor Levy is currently engaged in a research project funded by the Minerva Initiative that examines public service provision as peacebuilding in Cambodia, Laos and Uganda. In prior work, she investigated public education and peacebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has published in International Peacekeeping, Polity, the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, and in Politics, Groups and Identities and has received funding for her work from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Minerva Initiative, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Naomi Levy received her PhD (2009) from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds an MA (1998) in Social Sciences of Education from the Stanford University School of Education.