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

Public Policy Minor

Interview with Brandon DeBot '14 on Being Named a Truman Scholar

The Rockefeller Center’s own Brandon DeBot ’14 was recently chosen as a 2013 Truman Scholar. An aspiring Government major with a minor in Public Policy, Brandon hopes to one day pursue a career in federal fiscal policy.  A former First Year Fellow, Brandon works as a Student Program Assistant and a researcher in the Public Research Shop at the Rockefeller Center.  He is also a Presidential Scholar for the Government department and has interned at the White House National Economic Council and The Charles Group, LLC. in Washington, D.C. Brandon is also on the men's varsity tennis team and a member of Chi Heorot Fraternity.
You may have seen local news headlines about Brandon’s achievements, such as the Dartmouth Now article.  Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Brandon for an interview for the Rockefeller Center blog. 

NEW Public Policy Course: Study Global Policy Leadership at Dartmouth, and in India: Info Session 2/28 at 4:30 PM

Practicum in Global Policy LeadershipPublic Policy 85: Economic Reform in India

Public Policy 85 is designed to provide real world international policy experience for a select group of students engaged with the Rockefeller Center.  Twelve rising juniors and seniors will be selected to study our 2013 topic:  economic reform in India.  

During the fall term of ‘13, the participating students will study this topic in depth, as they would for any other Dartmouth class.  The unique aspect of the course is that at end of the fall term the 12 students and Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow Charles Wheelan ’88 will travel to India, where they will spend two weeks meeting with local policy leaders:  politicians, academics, journalists, business leaders, U.S. diplomats, and other experts “on the ground” who can help to inform their topic of study.  

John Landrigan visits PBPL 45 Class to Discuss Grants and Working with Foundations

On Thursday, November 1, 2012, John Landrigan, Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Dartmouth College, visited Professor Ron Shaiko's PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class.  Landrigan explained the various interactions that the College has with the foundation world and gave a detailed description of the grant proposal process.  He informed the students of the various online resources available through the Dartmouth Library and provided useful tips on selecting foundations and crafting strong and effective grant proposals.  The students' final class project involves crafting a grant proposal to fund a program that addresses a real world policy problem.  Students must utilize an existing organization on campus or an off-campus nongovernmental organization as their implementing entity and then select an actual foundation that would likely fund the proposal they draft.      

Sonia Nazario in PBPL 20 & PBPL 84.4

Pulitzer award winning journalist and author Sonia Nazario visited the Rockefeller Center on October 23rd to speak to students and give a public talk on issues related to immigration.  Nazario, a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, is the author of Enrique’s Journey, a book that follows the journey of a young boy making the dangerous illegal trek from Central America through Mexico and into the U.S. to join his mother.  Nazario’s book explores all facets of the current American immigration issue, including the economic forces that motivate large scale migration from Mexico and Central America into the U.S. and the various policies that have been tried in recent decades to deal with immigration pressures.

NH Governor John Lynch and State Senator Bob Odell Visit PBPL 45 Class

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (D) and NH State Senator Bob Odell (R) visited with students in Professor Ron Shaiko's PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class.  Governor Lynch began the class with a discussion of two bills that became laws in New Hampshire in recent years through the efforts of the Governor.  Students were asked to identify stakeholders and to identify key sources of research and analysis that would shed light on the two issues:  1) raising the age of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18, and 2) prohibiting the writing of text messages while driving.  These two case studies allowed the students to view the state policymaking process through the overtly political lens of Democrats and Republicans working in the legislature as well as to understand the role of objective policy research in the policy debate. Governor Lynch then responded to general questions about state government from the students.

NH Executive Councilor Ray Burton and Grafton County Commissioner Mike Cryans Visit PBPL 45 Class

On Tuesday evening, October 9, Ray Burton, one of five members of the New Hampshire Executive Council, and Mike Cryans, one of three members of the Grafton County Commission, met with students in Professor Ron Shaiko’s PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class over dinner to discuss the unique characteristics of New Hampshire state, county, and local governments.  New Hampshire is unique in its establishment of the Executive Council or Governor’s Council.  The state does not have a lieutenant governor; rather it has a five-member council with powers far greater than those of lieutenant governors in other states.  Dating back to 1679 the Council was adapted from the privy council model in place under the British monarchy at that time.

Which Public Policy Courses are Available in the Winter 2013 Term?

Looking for winter 2013 courses to add to your schedule?  Here's a cheat sheet on your options for Public Policy - open to all majors and minors! 

If you are a first-year student, consider the first-year seminar (PBPL 7) or Introduction to Public Policy (PBPL 5), which is a required course if you are interested in applying for our First-Year Fellows Program

Policy Analysis and Local Governance (PBPL 48) is one of the gateway courses for our Policy Research Shop. If you are interested in learning more about the Public Policy Minor, click here.

PBPL 5: Introduction to Public PolicyProfessor Ronald Shaiko, 13W:10
This course is designed as the gateway offering for students beginning to pursue a minor in public policy through the Rockefeller Center. The term will be divided into four main components:

NH Center for Public Policy Studies' Steve Norton visits Public Policy 45 Class

Steve Norton, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, visits with PBPL 45 Class



On September 25, 2012, Steve Norton of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, spoke with students in Professor Ron Shaiko's Microsoft Office document iconPBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research (.docx) class.

Wheelan '88 Teaches Course in American Politics and Public Policy in Fall 2012

Students in PBPL 20: Contemporary Issues in American Politics and Public Policy this fall with Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow Charles Wheelan ’88 will have visits from several notable guest speakers.  Coordinated with our fall public programs, the class will have visits from

Staff Profile: Timothy J. Ruback - Visiting Assistant Professor in Public Policy

"Read beyond your expertise.  Your most inspired ideas will come from the most unexpected places."


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