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

Three Public Policy Courses at Dartmouth: Summer 2011 Preview

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UPDATED 5/5/11 to include some of the guest speakers for PBPL 20, one of the summer 2011 courses mentioned below:


  • Judd Gregg - Former US Senator (R-NH)
  • Henry Paulson - Former Secretary of the Treasury
  • Robert Reich - Former Secretary of Labor

Every summer, bestselling author of Naked Economics and one-time Congressional candidate Professor Charles Wheelan '88 returns to Dartmouth to teachPDF iconPBPL 40 (PDF), Economics of Public Policymaking, an engaging exposition of basic economic concepts and their application to public policy decisions. This summer, Professor Wheelan will be supplementing the always popular PBPL 40 with a new course, PBPL 20.

Visiting Professor Charles Wheelan ’88 teaching PBPL 40 in Summer 2010. See this article for a profile of Professor Wheelan. [Image source:]

PBPL 20, Contemporary Issues in American Politics and Public Policy, will feature guest instructors and speakers every week on policy issues expected to shape the 2012 election. Along with other topics, the course will touch on fiscal policy, health care, education, financial markets, immigration, trade, and energy. Dartmouth faculty members including Professor Andrew Samwick, Professor Bruce Sacerdote, Professor Deborah Brooks, Professor Dean Lacy, and President Jim Yong Kim have agreed to lead the course for a specific week. Invited speakers include U.S. Senators, prospective presidential candidates, and members of presidential administrations.PDF iconPBPL 20 (PDF) syllabus.

Also this summer, Professor Dale Eickelman of the Anthropology Department will offer a cross-listed Public Policy class onPDF iconSecrecy and Lying in Law, Society, and Politics (PDF). For more information on the three Summer 2011 Public Policy courses, email or call Professor Ron Shaiko (603-646-9146) or Jane DaSilva (603-646-2229).



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