Tal Levy is an Associate Professor of Political Science and current Chair of the Political Science department at Marygrove College. Prior to coming to Marygrove in 2005, he taught at the University of Western Ontario and Schoolcraft College.
Tal received his B.Sc. in Biology, M.A. in Geography, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Wayne State University. Professor Levy's primary research interests include education policy, foreign policy, and ethnic politics.
He teaches American politics, public policy, and Michigan politics. He also offers classes on racial and ethnic politics, community and organizational change in Detroit, a social justice seminar titled "Government in Action," as well as the senior seminar in political science. In addition to political science courses, he also teaches a regional geography course and a geographic information systems (GIS) course titled "Mapping the City: An introduction to Geographic Information Systems."
His publications include "Supranational Implementation: Peace Enforcement of Power-Sharing Agreements in Africa" (Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, 2017), "Political Geography and Grassroots Conflict Resolution" (Israel Affairs, 2012), and "Charter School Legislation and the Element of Race" (Western Journal of Black Studies, 2010), and "Homeschooling and Racism" (Journal of Black Studies, 2009). Honors and awards include the 2010 Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) award for Outstanding community service and service-learning by faculty and staff at our member institutions.
Prof. Levy was awarded many grants for his community initiatives. They include 2008 $3,600 grant associated with the Marygrove Urban Agenda (MUA) initiative for the 2009 school year, a $4,715 Campus Compact Brighter Futures Grant for the Marygrove Urban Teaching Agenda (MUTA) initiative for 2008, and a 2007 $11,400 Campus Compact Brighter Futures Grant to launch the MUA initiative. In 2005 he received an honorary mention award for his Ph.D. thesis titled "Home Schooling Legislation and Its Diffusion."
Since 2006, Professor Levy has been working on the Marygrove Urban Agenda (MUA) initiative to enhance the education experiences of high school students in the City of Detroit. The imitative also provides opportunities for Marygrove students, faculty, and staff to participate in tutoring programs in English and math in surrounding neighborhood schools. Since 2013 he is also participating in the Detroit Cristo Rey High School-Marygrove College Partnership. The purpose of the program was to "Leverage the strengths of both institutions to further enhance opportunities and pathways for youth to attain their college degree."