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Lebovic receives funding for Visiting Research Scholarship at Knight First Amendment Institute At Columbia University

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Sam Lebovic, Professor, History, received funding for: "Visiting Research Scholarship at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University." 

His project will focus on the law and politics of public employee speech, focusing particularly on how a modern bureaucratized American government should manage the speech of its employees while balancing competing democratic values. The project will explore such problems as academic freedom, administrative law, public sector employment law, transparency, and whistleblowing regulation. It will seek to generate new understandings of legal and normative issues in the study of bureaucracy, democracy, and free speech, which in turn will help clarify legal and political contestation over the public sector in contemporary politics. 

Lebovic received $79,687 from Columbia University for this award. Funding began in Sept. 2023 and will end in late May 2024.  


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