The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences


Daughtry ’84 Named Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences has announced the Reverend Leah D. Daughtry ’84 as the 2016-2017 recipient of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award.

This award was established by the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors in 1990 to honor Nelson A. Rockefeller ’30 for his dedication to service in the public and private sectors. Recipients of the award have demonstrated a similar commitment to these shared ideals of public service, leadership, and civic engagement.

Daughtry is a nationally recognized teacher, preacher, speaker, organizer, leader, and political strategist. Throughout her career, she has sought to bring sound, principled leadership, business, and management practices to organizations that seek to enhance and improve the lives of the people with and for whom they work.

Daughtry will receive the award in Hanover during the Board of Visitor’s biannual spring meeting in April.

Public Program: “The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction”

Addiction is epidemic in our society and, as such, has become a common word that many people are familiar with, perhaps even painfully so. When one hears this word, thoughts of alcohol and drug addiction almost exclusively come to mind. However, addiction can manifest in many other forms as well, each of which is perceived and received differently by society. Indeed, some forms of addiction have become nonchalantly embedded into our daily vocabularies, as in the case of shopping or Internet addictions. In other words, addiction is a spectrum, running the gambit from textbook heroin addiction to workaholism, and it is vital to recognize this diversity.

Dartmouth Oxford-Exchange Student: Anwita Mahajan '17

Through the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program, undergraduate students are able to spend a term living and studying at the University of Oxford’s Keble College. As a fully integrated member of the Oxford community, these students take courses in the British tutorial system that relate to their major and course of study at Dartmouth. Anwita Mahajan ’17, an Economics major, participated in this exchange term during the winter of 2017.

As one of the few off-campus exchange programs offered by the Economics department, Anwita was immediately drawn to the exchange opportunity at Oxford. Not only was studying abroad one of Anwita’s goals for her undergraduate career, she found this exchange program as the perfect way to balance the chance to travel with the chance to experience student life at such a prestigious university as Oxford.

Rocky and Me: Ke Zhao '17 Senior Reflection

In our Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Talking Policy with Columnist Megan McArdle

Megan McArdle is a Washington-based writer focused on the interrelationship of business, economics, and public policy. Her work has appeared in outlets including but not limited to The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Newsweek, Time, and Businessweek. Her book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success, analyzes how failing well may turn out to be a key to success.

McArdle received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. When she graduated from business school in 2001, she had no intention of becoming a journalist. In fact, she had another job lined up in 2001, which ultimately did not work out and led her to an administrative position at the World Trade Center site.

Senior Honors Thesis Grants

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Grants program provides grants of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences. Read about Nana Adjeiwaa-Manu's experience developing her thesis Grieving for the Ungrievable: Support Systems Among Bereaved Ghanaians in the United States. Nana credits the Rockefeller Center and Mellon Mays programs, whose funding allowed for 15 interview transcriptions, enabling her to spend more time focused on analyzing and interpreting her findings.  

To apply for a grant, students need to submit:

Notes from the Field: Noah Goldstein '18

Noah Goldstein '18 interned at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the 2016 Fall Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report

During the fall of 2016 I worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce – Trade Administration & Commercial Services in the U.S. Embassy at London as an international trade assistant. The organization is the trade branch of the government and, as this one was based in the UK, was responsible for encouraging U.S. exports to the UK. Through the Obama administration’s SelectUSA policy, the organization also has the added responsibility of encouraging FDI, or foreign direct investment, from the UK going into the US. Thus, any UK companies looking to set up an office in the U.S. can go to Commercial Services to receive support. Commercial Services acts as a middle man between interested US companies and actors in the markets in the UK, often coordinating meetings between the two. For example, firms trying to sell a product in the UK are often able to get in a room of around 30 potential clients/distributors and pitch their product, thanks to the efforts of my office.

Student Veterans Lunch with Professor Wohlforth

On Thursday, April 13, the Rockefeller Center and the Student Veterans Association at Dartmouth co-hosted a Student Lunch with Professor William Wohlforth.

Professor Wohlforth, the Daniel Webster Professor of Government at Dartmouth, discussed and answered questions on his newest book, America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century, co-authored with colleague, Stephen Brooks.

America Abroad provides a nuanced look at how America’s global role is shifting, and offers the first systematic analysis of how world politics would change if America were to pull back and pursue foreign policy retrenchment.  

The Q&A between Professor Wohlforth and students in attendance centered around the following questions: How would America's interests fare if the United States decided to disengage from the world?; Will the U.S. long continue to be the only superpower in the international system?; and Should it sustain the world-shaping grand strategy it's followed since the dawn of the Cold War?

An Introduction to Global Leadership with Dr. Gama Perruci

Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Leadership Center at Marietta College, facilitated one of the most engaging, entertaining, and eye-opening lectures I've ever been a part of.

From the very start, we were parts of the complex puzzle of cultural competency that he was putting together. Dr. Perruci explained concepts using us as role-playing examples, which made the lessons more real.

Our simulation of a welcome ceremony on a small island made me think outside of the box and confront my cultural biases. This ritual, which we thought to be somewhat odd - and almost demeaning - in many ways, actually reflected ideals such as female empowerment and respect.

Dr. Perucci showed us our cultural biases and how they can "contaminate" our world view, thus holding us back from becoming true global citizens. While the lecture itself was incredibly informative, I found the lessons learned useful in every day interactions with my friends. I have many friends from different backgrounds and this lecture gave me a little more insight into why they may approach certain "norms" in the ways that they do. 

Internship Tip Series: Internship Housing

Housing Tip Sheet

This tip sheet was compiled from the feedback of previous interns. Scroll to the bottom for links that have been helpful to students in the past.


1. Start Early: Affordable internship housing gets competitive (especially for the summer term), so start as early as possible. Start looking even before you have secured an internship, and put down a deposit as soon as your internship is confirmed.  Since rates often increase with time, we encourage you to not rely on or wait for funding decisions from the Rockefeller Center or other Dartmouth funding sources – make a commitment and make a plan-B both for housing and funding.


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