Dr. Abe Goldberg


Executive Director, James Madison Center for Civic Engagement

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.


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Center for Civic Engagement
James Madison University
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