Peter Civetta

Director, Office of Undergraduate Research

Peter CivettaPeter Civetta oversees undergraduate research programs for the Office of the Provost, including the Undergraduate Research Grants (URG) program and the Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition.  He advises students on grant proposals, works to foster undergraduate research across the University, and helps to develop new initiatives.  He is also a lecturer for the American Studies Program, where he teaches on the intersection of performance and culture, particularly looking at the impact of religion, politics, and comedy.  Before beginning this position, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, exploring the role and impact of religious beliefs on the 2008 presidential elections.

Civetta received his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Boston College in 1989, before working for almost ten years as a professional actor.  He received a Master’s in Theatre Studies from San Francisco State University in 2000 and a PhD in Theatre Studies from Cornell University in 2004.  His research explores the performance of religious/spiritual/moral beliefs in contemporary American society, particularly focusing on the impact of preaching as cultural discourse.  He was also the guest editor of a special issue of the journal Eccumenia devoted to the intersection of politics, performance, and religion.  In Evanston, Peter runs the Extraordinarily Sophisticated Imagination Club, a theatre program where children improvise and create their own original plays.

Peter Civetta, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
1-223 Crown, Evanston Campus
Phone: 847 467-0499
p-civetta@northwestern.edu