Mission Statement and Goals

The mission of the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center is to strengthen and support the study of public affairs at Hamilton College.

The goals of the Center are:

  • To enable students to engage in public affairs through research, service-learning, lectures, discussion, and practice.
  • To foster creative, ethical, and informed responses to public issues by providing opportunities for students to engage with the local community, develop leadership skills, and explore careers in public service.
  • To support interdisciplinary collaboration and discussion; and to encourage faculty to address public affairs in their own research and in collaborative research with Hamilton students.


Frank Anechiarico

Faculty Director and Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law

Christina Willemsen

Administrative Director



Chris is available to talk about all aspects of Levitt Center programming, including student and faculty research, social innovation programming, leadership programs, and potential new opportunities and collaborations with other offices, faculty, staff, or students. You can set up an appointment below or contact her by email or phone. Her office is in the Levitt Center, Kirner-Johnson 251C.

Zack Schuman

Assistant Director of Community-Based Learning



Zack is available to talk about community-based learning programming including Summer Community Impact Fellowships, SHINE, VITA, Justice Lab, the Public Philosophy program, and other ways students may get involved in Levitt Center programming. You can set up an appointment below or contact him by email or phone. His office is in the Levitt Center, Kirner-Johnson 251D.

Rachael Clark

Programming Coordinator for the Levitt Center and Community Outreach (COOP)



Rachael Clark is the Programming Coordinator for the Levitt Center and Community Outreach (COOP). You can schedule an appointment with her by signing up here. Her office is in the Levitt Center, Kirner-Johnson 251E. Rachael is available to talk about student and faculty research programming, leadership programming, the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty internship and COOP programming (including HAVOC and AXB).

Simon Stanco

Communications and Media Assistant

Levitt Council

Frank Anechiarico

Director of the Levitt Center; Maynard-Knox Professor of Law



Jennifer Ambrose

Director of the Writing Center



Alexsia Chan

Director of Levitt Inequality and Equity Program; Assistant Professor of Government



Jeff Cross

Assistant Professor of Economics



Ashley Gorham

Director of Justice and Security Program; Assistant Professor of Government



Jaime Kucinskas

Associate Professor of Sociology



Chaise LaDousa

Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Anthropology



Herm Lehman

Director of Levitt Public Health and Well-Being Program; Professor of Biology



Alex Plakias

Director of Levitt Sustainability Program; Associate Professor of Philosophy



Doug Ambrose

Sidney Wertimer Professor for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring




Office / Department Name

Levitt Center

Contact Name

Levitt Center

Office Location
Kirner-Johnson 251

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