Abe Goldberg
Abraham Goldberg

Abraham Goldberg is Executive Director of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement and an Associate Professor of Political Science. Prior to arriving at JMU, he was Director of the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement and a political science faculty member at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Abe authored the South Carolina Civic Health Index (2014) in collaboration with the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University and the congressionally chartered National Conference on Citizenship (NCOC) in Washington D.C. Described as the first state-wide assessment of civic behaviors, the report analyzes political participation, community involvement, and neighborhood engagement rates among various demographic groups within the state. Abe has also written about the need for colleges and universities to prepare students for a lifetime of active participation in civic life.

Along with his civic engagement work, Abe co-authored articles focusing on how the built environment of urban places and the accessibility of community amenities contributes to the social connectivity, health, and happiness of residents. This work has appeared in academic journals including Social Science and Medicine, Urban Design and Planning, Urban Affairs Review, and Journal of Urbanism and has been profiled in various popular media outlets. He regularly supervises undergraduate research projects and teaches courses in civic engagement, urban planning and policy, and American politics. Abe is originally from Charleston, West Virginia and earned his doctorate from West Virginia University.

Crystal Mathews
Crystal Mathews

Crystal Mathews is Administrative Assistant of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement. Prior to arriving at JMU, she was the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer of XO Communications, and Nextlink in Herndon, VA.

Danielle Savastano
Danielle Savastano

Danielle Savastano is the Graduate Assistant for the Center of Civic Engagement. Originally from New Jersey, Danielle is a Double Duke at James Madison University. She received her undergraduate degree cum laude as a Psychology, B.S. major and a Human Resource Development minor. During her undergraduate career, she received multiple awards on her research studying False Memory and language recognition. In addition, Danielle traveled internationally to present her current research based off the work of psychologist, Viktor Frankl, measuring the correlation between “community service and purpose in life”. After graduation, Danielle continued her education and is receiving her Masters of Education in School Counseling at James Madison University. She is currently an intern at Montevideo Middle School and is graduating May of 2018.

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