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Journal of Civic Literacy


This interdisciplinary journal publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed research on issues of American civic literacy, defined as that level of public knowledge necessary to informed civic participation. Civic literacy for our purposes encompasses anacquaintance with American history, both episodic and intellectual, an understanding of the nation’s constituent documents, their roots, and their subsequent amendment and interpretation, and sufficient familiarity with and comprehension of basic economic and policy terminology to permit the formation of informed opinions on matters of policy disputation.

The journal invites research going well beyond simple measurements of such indicators of civic literacy. We are interested in the causes and consequences of low levels of literacy, the role of public education, the comparative efficacy of available curricula used in the schools, the connections between the current media environment and poor civic understandings, and the role of civic literacy in defining ethical and trustworthy public service. We also welcome theoretical submissions that consider the role of civic knowledge in American political and religious life.

The journal will be published once a year by the Center for Civic Literacy at IUPUI. Its editorial board will include scholars representing a wide range of disciplines: political science, public administration, education, science, religious studies and business.

Please let us know if you are interested in subscribing to the journal. We accept submissions for publication on a rolling basis. The deadline for submissions has passed, but please contact us should you be interested in submitting an article for our next issue, due out in 2016.

Read the latest edition, published on July 7th, 2015.

Read the Inaugural Issue, published on July 1, 2014.