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

Faculty and Staff

Faculty Research Grants in Action: John Campbell

What started as a casual conversation in 2004 between Dartmouth Class of 1925 Sociology Professor John Campbell and McGill University Sociology Professor John Hall turned into a compelling new publication on states’ responses to crisis. Campbell and Hall were sharing a meal, when Hall posed the question, “Denmark is a remarkable place, a really small country doing surprisingly well….How does a little country like this pull this off?”

Both men had spent a lot of time in Denmark, and based on their experiences and research, this simple question turned into a short paper, which then turned into a 300-page edited volume focusing on Denmark, published in 2006. Encouraged by the success of their research, Campbell and Hall looked to see if this was a phenomenon bigger than Denmark, and started writing articles on a number of small countries that culminated in their new book The Paradox of Vulnerability: States, Nationalism and the Financial Crisis (Princeton University Press, 2018).

Policy Matters with Professor Francis Magilligan

Our Policy Matters series highlights faculty, students, and staff who are studying the issues that shape and are shaped by public policy.

When Francis Magilligan took his first water policy course, his professor told the class that “when it comes to water and water management, nobody ever said it had to make sense.” This statement stuck with Magilligan, as he eventually pursued a master’s degree in Water Resources Management along with another master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Geography.

Introducing Eric Janisch, Rockefeller Center Program Officer

Eric Janisch is the Rockefeller Center’s newest Program Officer, having joined the Center’s staff in January of 2017. As a Program Officer for Co-Curricular Programs, Eric contributes as a co-manager to both the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program (D-LAB) and aids in organizing a variety of public programs – including the Rocky Student Veteran lunch as well as the campus visit by the 22nd Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning.

Eric is also working to organize a vocational seminar over sophomore summer through the Professional Preparation Program (P3). Specifically, he is helping connect students with likeminded alumni who have non-traditional career paths they reached after completing traditional liberal arts majors.

“We’re hoping to give them an understanding of what they can do outside of the normal corporate culture or traditional industries,” said Eric.

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?

International History Group Fosters Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Hosting regular meetings at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, the International History Group provides faculty from Dartmouth’s History, Government, and Economics departments the opportunity to share their interdisciplinary perspectives on global events. 

“It’s an opportunity for faculty, students, and post-docs to exchange ideas with some of the globe’s most interesting and distinguished international historians,” says one of the group’s conveners, William C. Wohlforth, Daniel Webster Professor of Government. “This is important not just because of the intrinsically fascinating nature of the research these visitors present, but because it helps build bridges between history and other international fields, including political science, public policy and economics.  Every policy problem has a historical dimension and most of the data we use to test conjectures are historical in nature.”

The group not only features distinguished Dartmouth faculty, but also invites leading scholars from other universities to share their knowledge of the political, economic, intellectual, and cultural histories of global issues.

Rockefeller Center Holiday Reception

The Rockefeller Center hosted its annual Holiday Reception on Thursday, December 1st in Hinman Forum, located at the heart of the Rockefeller Center. Faculty and staff from the social sciences and others from centers and departments across campus joined together to kick off the holiday season. Rocky staff had transformed the space into a winter wonderland decked out with beautiful lights and ornaments, but most of all, good cheer. The catered event took place from 4:30pm-6pm.

Job Shadow Day at the Rockefeller Center

On April 5th, 2016, the Upper Valley Business & Education Partnership coordinated Job Shadow Day at the Rockefeller Center for two eighth grade students interested in government and public policy. Shira Hoffer from Crossroads Academy and Tallis Diehn from the Indian River School spent the day at Rocky. Several staff members took the time to talk with the students about their particular roles and how their jobs impacted the day-to-day operations of the Center in fulfilling its mission.

“Job Shadow Day allows the Rocky staff to engage with young students from throughout the Upper Valley in thinking about leadership qualities, and what public policy means to them,” says Public Programs Officer Joanne Needham. The Rockefeller Center has a history of participating in Job Shadow Day, and upon hearing that it would participate again in 2016, Program Officer Robin Frye said, “I am so excited. I love this program.”

Campus Connections Gathering

On Friday, April 22, 2016 the Rockefeller Center, the Undergraduate Deans Office, and the Center for Professional Development hosted the semiannual Campus Connections Gathering at the Rockefeller Center in Hinman Forum. This event is open to all students as a casual opportunity to chat with Dartmouth faculty and staff members from all over campus about academic and professional opportunities. The intent is for students to leave with a better understanding on how to pursue their goals.

Social Sciences Holiday Party

The Rockefeller Center hosted their annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 2nd in the Hinman Forum, located at the heart of the Rockefeller Center. The guest list included faculty and staff from a variety of departments across campus. The Center’s staff worked hard to transform Hinman Forum into a winter wonderland decked out with lights, ornaments and other decorations. There was a great turn out and the room was filled with good conversation and delicious food. The party was scheduled from 4:30pm-6pm but lasted well beyond this. It was clear that the guests had a good time.

Charles Wheelan '88 on the Republic Debate

Charles Wheelan '88 commented on the Republican debate in a U.S. News & World Report opinion piece.

“If we treat politics as entertainment, we should not be surprised when we get entertainment,” says Charles Wheelan ’88, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow at the Rockefeller Center, in a U.S. News & World Report opinion piece about the October 28th Republican debate.


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