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Brendan Cunningham '15 with Rep. Steve Israel.
Elections Loom

This summer Brendan Cunningham ’15 is interning with the re-election campaign for Rep. Steve Israel of New York’s 3rd Congressional District on Long Island. Israel has served in the House of Representatives since 2001 and currently chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  More ...

Brian Sobotko ’16
Finding a Solution to Failing Public Schools

While the U.S. is a global leader in many fields, such is not the case with our public education system, which lags behind 13 other countries.1 Brian Sobotko ’16, a public policy major and education studies minor, thinks that the solution for failing public schools may be more obvious than we imagine. As a Levitt Summer Research Fellow, he is working on an independent examination of  “Transformational Leadership in American Public Schools.”  More ...

Jen Kleindienst ’09
Jen Kleindienst ’09 to Lecture About Campus Sustainabililty

Jen Kleindienst ’09, sustainability coordinator at Wesleyan University, will present a lecture titled “Challenges and Successes of Promoting Campus Sustainability,” on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Red Pit, KJ.  Her lecture, part of the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center Fall 2013 speaker series, is free and open to the public.  More ...

Meghan O'Sullivan '15, center, works with refugees Hnin Ko, from Thailand, left, and Pawser Soe, from Burma, in Kirner-Johnson.
Meghan O’Sullivan ’15 Helps Give Voice to Refugee Women

For Meghan O’Sullivan ’15, immigration is not just an abstract policy issue. This summer, as part of the Kirkland Summer Associates Program, she is pursuing a research project, “Oral Expression of Refugee Women.” Her goal is to create a podcast that gives some insight into the first-hand experience of the refugee women who have come to Utica, N.Y.  More ...

Eleanor Fausold '13
New York Times Publishes Fausold '13 Letter

Eleanor Fausold ’13 penned a letter to the editor that was published in The New York Times in response to an op-ed titled “Is It Time to Bag the Plastic?” Referencing her senior thesis research on the costs and benefits of charging a fee for both paper and plastic bags in New York City, Fausold answered the article’s title question with, “The answer is overwhelmingly yes!” The letter appeared on the publication’s website on the day she graduated from Hamilton, May 26, and in print on the following day.  More ...

Alumni panelists Jared Fox '03, Kecia Hayes '89 and Rob Banzer '88
Students Tackle Public Policy Issues in Education Reform “Smackdown”

Professor Gary Wyckoff’s public policy students worked in teams this semester to meet the challenge of devising effective yet feasible policy proposals for education reform. They presented and defended their projects to a panel of alumni who work in education on May 12.  More ...

P. Gary Wyckoff
Wyckoff Essay Published in InsideHigherEd

Using examples from today’s political landscape, Professor of Government P. Gary Wyckoff examined elements of critical thinking in an essay titled “What Exactly Is Critical Thinking,” published by InsideHigherEd in its Oct. 11 edition. “As I prepared for the start of classes this fall, I tried to pinpoint the critical thinking skills I really want my students to learn,” wrote Wyckoff.  “And as I listened to public debates on everything from tax policy to Obamacare, five essential thinking skills seemed to be missing, again and again.”  More ...

Jose Vazquez '15 (blue shirt) paints a mural at a school in Baltimore with his group.
Heart of America Internship Inspires Jose Vazquez ’15 to Seek Education Reform

A Levitt Public Service internship this summer has solidified Jose Vazquez’s ’15 desire to pursue a career in education policy and reform. Vazquez is in Washington D.C. as an intern for The Heart of America Foundation, a non-profit organization that builds libraries for under-resourced schools across the nation.  The organization partners with Target and embarks on their 15th year anniversary building 150+ libraries nationwide.  More ...

Maurice Isserman
Dissent Magazine Publishes Isserman Article

Dissent Magazine published an article titled 50 Years Later: Poverty and The Other America by Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of History Maurice Isserman in its winter 2012 issue. The article is an adaptation of the prologue of The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington, the biography Isserman wrote in 2000. The article included updated statistics and observations.  More ...

Root Glen tornado damage
USA Today Reports on Economists' Study

An article titled “Study: Does enduring extreme weather make you vote liberal?,” appearing on the USA Today website on Dec. 30, reported on a study written by four Hamilton economists. Henry Platt Bristol Professor of Economics Ann Owen, Assistant Professor of Economics Emily Conover and Associate Professors of Economics Julio Videras and Stephen Wu co-authored the study, “Heat Waves, Droughts, and Preferences for Environmental Policy.” The Weather Channel also reported on the study on Jan. 2.   More ...

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