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Connie Flanagan

Associate Dean, Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family and Community
Community & Nonprofit Leadership
2135 Nancy Nicholas Hall 1300 Linden Drive

We engage in the public realm to ensure that what we have in common with others will be more permanent than our earthly lives.

My public scholarship and teaching concerns the factors that motivate people of all ages, but especially youth, to engage in civic affairs and in the preservation of the commons that we share. The results of that work are summarized in my book, Teenage Citizens: The Political Theories of the Young (2013, Harvard University Press), which won the 2014 Best Authored Book Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence. I serve on many national and international boards such as CIRCLE (www.civicyouth.org) and the National Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge.  Currently I am working with the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition on children’s understanding of the environmental commons and human interdependence with other species.

CV – Flanagan

  • Development of Political Theories in Adolescence
  • Youth Civic Development in Community-Based Organizations
  • Citizen-Science and Children’s Concepts of ‘the commons’
  • Opportunities such as National Service for Civic Incorporation in Early Adulthood


  • Community Issues and Service Learning
  • Civic Engagement across the Lifespan

2015 Blanche F. Ittleson Award from the American Orthopsychiatric Association    for research linking civic engagement, social justice, and youth well-being

2014 Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Award for best authored book, Teenage Citizens: The political theories of the young

2012 Research Prize, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University, for scholarship contributing to the understanding of civic engagement

2009 Honorary Doctorate, Humanities and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden

2009 Fulbright lecturing/research award (#8563), Santiago, Chile

Recent Work

  •  Flanagan, C. (2013). Teenage Citizens: The political theories of the young. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674048621
  • Flanagan, C., *Kim, T., *Pykett, A., Finlay, A., Gallay, E., & Pancer, M. (2014). Adolescents’ theories about economic inequality: Why are some people poor while others are rich? Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0037934
  • Flanagan, C., Lin, C., Luisi-Mills, H., Sambo, A., & Hu, M. (2015). Adolescent civic development across cultures. In L. Jensen, (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.
  •  Flanagan, C., Kim, T., Collura, J., & Kopish, M. A. (2014). Community service and adolescents’ social capital. Journal of Research on Adolescence. DOI: 10.1111/jora.12137
  • Flanagan, C., Pykett, A., & Gallay, E. (2014). Community contribution to moral and character development. In L. Nucci, D. Narvaez, & T. Krettenauer, (eds.), Handbook of Moral and Character Education (pp.441-455). Routledge.
  • Flanagan, C. (2014). Teaching a larger “sense of community”. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. DOI: 10.1111/asap.12057
  • Flanagan, C., Faust, V., & Pykett, A. (2013). Educating the public in the spirit of the Land-Grant University. The Journal of General Education, 62 (4), 247-257, DOI: 10.1353/jge.2013.0025