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Swearer Center Carmine Perrotti

Carmine Perrotti

Assistant Director, Engaged Scholarship
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education

Joined Swearer Center Staff in 


Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (Higher Education), 2021, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
M.P.P., Social Policy, 2015, American University
B.A., Political Science and Public & Community Service Studies, 2011, Providence College

Carmine is the Assistant Director of Engaged Scholarship in the Swearer Center for Public Service where he works to support students and faculty interested in the integration of academic study with community-based learning, research, and action. Carmine directs the Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) Fellowship, serves as a faculty advisor for undergraduate students enrolled in the Engaged Scholarship Certificate (ESC), and supports faculty initiatives. Carmine also contributes to the Swearer Center’s field-facing efforts.

Carmine is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education at Brown University and an Core & Mentor Faculty member at College Unbound

Carmine received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Drawing on the analytic lenses of whiteness studies and neoliberalism, Carmine’s dissertation research explored a multivocal account of how community members from the Smith Hill neighborhood of Providence, RI described and understood their experiences with community engagement efforts by Providence College, his alma mater. Carmine’s areas of interest include topics related to the pedagogy, philosophy, and practice of community engaged learning in higher education with specific attention to community voices and perspectives on this work; whiteness studies; neoliberalism; and qualitative methodologies.

Between 2010 and 2016, Carmine held various political appointments in the Obama-Biden Administration, mainly in the Office of the Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education working on higher education policy.