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Daniel H. Levine was born in New York City and educated at the Horace Mann School. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and did graduate study at the London School of Economics and Yale University. As an undergraduate he was a Senior Fellow and received the James B Reynolds Scholarship for Foreign Study. As a graduate student at Yale, he was named a Sterling Fellow.
Professor Levine taught at the University of Michigan throughout his career. He was a visiting Professor and Fellow at numerous universities and research institutes in the United States and abroad (see vita). His research has been supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships and the author of nine books and numerous articles and chapters in books in English, Spanish, French and German.
Professor Levine’s principal interests center on issues derived from the sociology of knowledge: why and under what conditions ideas arise and have an impact on politics, society, and culture at particular times and places. The relation between ideas and institutions, agents and audiences, has been a constant theme in work in studies of the making and the breakdown of democracy, of the evolving attitudes and values of Catholic bishops, theologians and activists, of how religion (ideas, institutions, people, movements) is involved with politics, and of the origins and dynamics of social movements. His books develop these ideas using research from field work in Latin America.
He has been a member of the Executive Council of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and member of the Board of Editors of the Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion.
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