I am director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, which studies the causes and consequences of civic engagement among you Americans (up to age 30). We are especially concerned with disparities in engagement and what can be done to reduce those. CIRCLE's research is collected on its website.
My own publications on youth civic engagement include:
The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens (Tufts University Press, 2007)
(Edited, with James Youniss) Engaging Young People in Civic Life (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009)
"A Policy Approach for the Federal Government," chapter in David Feith (ed.),To Secure the Blessings of Liberty: Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future of American Civics Education (Rowman & Littlefield, in press)
"Teaching and Learning Civility," in Nancy L. Thomas (ed.), "Educating for Deliberative Democracy," New Directions for Higher Education, no. 152 (winter 2010), pp. 11-17
(with Elizabeth Hollander, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Duncan Picard, and Jonathan Zaff), "Assessing the Effects of Institutional Culture on Leadership Education at Tufts University," in Nicholas V. Longo and Cynthia M. Gibson, eds., From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities (University Press of New England, 2011), pp. 169-87 (in press).
"Should We Teach Patriotism? in Current Controversies: Patriotism (Greenhaven, in press)
"What Do We Know about Civic Engagement?" Liberal Education (in press)
(with Michael Berson and Kerry Poole), "On Becoming a Legislative Aide: Enhancing Civic Engagement through a Digital Simulation," Action in Teacher Education, vol. 32, no 4 (2011), pp. 70-82.
(with Ann Higgins d'Alessandro), "The Philosophical Foundations of Civic Education," Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 3/4 (Summer/Fall 2010), pp. 21-7 (pdf)
(With Barry Checkoway and Richard Guarasci), "Reuniting the 'Often Neglected' Aims of Liberal Education," in Don Harward, ed., Transforming Undergraduate Education: Theory that Compels and Practices that Succeed
"Service-Learning Research: Returning to the Moral Questions," in Trae Stewart and Nicole Webster (eds.), Problematizing Service-Learning, Information Age Publishing (in press), pp. 343-350
(with Nancy Thomas), "Deliberative Democracy and Higher Education: Higher Education's Democratic Mission," in John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley, eds., To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, forthcoming 2011).(with Jonathan Cohen and Terry Pickeral) "The Foundation for Democracy: Promoting Social, Emotional, Ethical, Cognitive Skills and Dispositions in K-12 Schools," Revista Interamerica de Educacion para la Democracia, vol. 3, no. 1 (April 2010), pp. 74-94 (PDF)(with Constance Flanagan), "Youth Civic Engagement During the Transition to Adulthood," in Mary Waters, Gordon Berlin, and Frank Furstenberg (eds.), Transition to Adulthood, (Princeton/Brookings: The Future of Children), vol. 20, no. 1, Spring 2010, pp. 159-180.
(with Ann Higgins-D'Alessandro), "Youth Civic Engagement: Normative Issues," chapter in Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement in Youth, edited by Lonnie Sherrod, Judith Torney-Purta, and Constance A. Flanagan (John Wiley & Sons, 2010).
"The Civic Opportunity Gap," Educational Leadership, vol. 66, no. 8 (May 2009), pp. 20-25.
"Civic Engagement for All: A Conversation with Peter Levine," Northwest Education, vol. 14, no. 2 (Winter 2009), pp. 12-13
(with Mark Hugo Lopez, Kenneth Dautrich, and David Yalof), "Schools, Education Policy and the Future of the First Amendment, Political Communication, vol. 26, no. 1, January-March 2009
(with Constance A. Flanagan and Les Gallay), The Millennial Pendulum: A New Generation of Voters and the Prospects for a Political Realignment, New America Foundation monograph, February 2009
(with Constance A. Flanagan and Richard Settersten), Civic Engagement and the Changing Transition to Adulthood, CIRCLE monograph, January 2009
(with Mark Hugo Lopez and Karlo Barrios Marcelo), Getting Narrower at the Base: The American Curriculum After NCLB, CIRCLE monograph, December, 2008.
"The Case for Service," Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, vol. 28, no. 3/4 (summer/fall 2008), pp. 2-8. Also anthologized in Sylvan Barnet and Hugo Bedau, eds., Current Issues and Enduring Questions (St. Martin's Press, in press).
(with Matt Leighninger), "Education in a Rapidly Changing Democracy: Strengthening Civic Education for Citizens of All Ages," The School Administrator, October 2008.
(with Robert M. Hollister and Nancy Wilson), "Educating Students to Foster Active Citizenship," PeerReview, vol. 10, no. 2/3, spring/summer 2008
"The Civic Engagement of Young Immigrants: Why Does it Matter?" Applied Developmental Science, volume 12, issue 2 (April 2008), pp. 102 - 104
(with Joseph Kahne), "Voter Turnout Spotlights Educational Need," op-ed, San Francisco Chronicle, March 9, 2008
"The Engaged University: A Tale of Two Generations," in David W. Brown and Deborah Witte, eds., Agent of Democracy: Higher Education and the HEX Journey (Dayton: Kettering Foundation Press, 2008), pp. 11-28
"Education and the Limits of Technocracy," Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 3/4 (Summer/Fall 2007), pp. 17-21.
(With Mark Hugo Lopez and others), "The 2006 Civic and Political Health of the Nation" (CIRCLE, based on a nationally representative survey.)
"Higher Education: Civic Mission & Civic Effects," published by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CIRCLE in February 2006. This is a consensus report by 22 scholars; I drafted it and revised it to achieve agreement.
"The Civic Mission of Schools: Chief Findings and Next Steps," Knowledge Quest, vol. 34, no. 4 (March/April, 2006), pp. 20-22
"Youth Voting in 2004: The Myths and the Facts," Wingspread Journal (2005), pp. 3-6
(with Archon Fung and John Gastil) "Future Directions for Public Deliberation," Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 1: No. 1, Article 3 (2005). Also appears as Chapter 19 of Gastil and Levine, eds., Handbook of Public Deliberation
(with Mark Hugo Lopez) "What We Should Know about the Effectiveness of Campaigns but Don't," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 601 (Sept. 2005), pp. 180-191
"Journalism and Democracy: Does it Matter How Well the Press Covers Iraq?" National Civic Review, vol. 93, no. 3 (Fall 2004), pp. 16-24. (Preprint draft available in .pdf.)
(with David Brown and Robert Kingston) "What is 'Public' About What Academics Do? An Exchange with Robert Kingston and Peter Levine," Higher Education Exchange, 2004 pp. 17-29
"Civic Education" (letter), Education Next, Spring 2004, p. 5
With Mark Hugo Lopez, "Themes Emphasized in Social Studies and Civics Classes: New Evidence," CIRCLE fact sheet, Feb. 2004
(with Cynthia Gibson) "The Path To Consensus: Coalition-Building, Advocacy, Research and Communications Converge for Success in Carnegie/CIRCLE Program," Gold Book (Alliance for Nonprofit Management), February 2004
(with Mark Lopez) "Young People and Political Campaigning on the Internet," CIRCLE fact sheet, January 2004
The Civic Mission of Schools, a report released by Carnegie Corporation of New York and CIRCLE, February 2003. This report was generated by more than 50 author/endorsers as a result of a deliberative process jointly organized and managed by Cynthia Gibson (Carnegie) and me. It was the subject of a syndicated column by David Broder, several unsigned editorials, and numerous news stories. Copies were distributed at a White House Forum on History, Civics, and Service and a Congressional Conference on Civic Education, among other events. More than 30,000 copies have been requested. It is the charter for the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools.
"The Idea of an Engaged University," an interview of me by David Brown, Higher Education Exchange, 2003
(co-written with Mark Lopez) "Youth Voter Turnout has Declined, by Any Measure," CIRCLE publication, June 2002