Dr. Nancy Thomas directs the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University, conducting research and working with colleges and universities to advance student political learning and participation in democracy. Her work and scholarship center on higher education’s democratic mission, free speech, academic freedom, and inclusion, and; deliberative democracy on campus and in communities. She directs the Institute’s signature initiative, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), a large dataset for research and service involving nearly 1100 U.S. colleges and universities. She is the author of multiple book chapters, articles, and the monograph, Educating for Deliberative Democracy. She has a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and law degree from Case Western Reserve University.