Nicholas Rostow

Hamilton will welcome two prominent visiting professors for the spring semester. Nicholas Rostow will serve as the Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Affairs and Gwendolyn Dordick has been named Distinguished Lecturer in American Public Policy and Practice.

Nicholas Rostow is Charles Evans Hughes Visiting Professor of Jurisprudence and Government at Colgate University. He was previously University Professor at the National Defense University, specializing in international and national security law and affairs and U.S. government and international decision-making in foreign and national security policy. He is also a senior research scholar at the Yale Law School.

Among his other appointments, Rostow was special assistant to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush for National Security Affairs, and legal adviser to the National Security Council under Colin Powell and Brent Scowcroft from 1987 to 1993, and legal advisor to the U.S. mission at the United Nations.

Rostow also served for more than four years as university counsel and vice chancellor for legal affairs and tenured full professor at the State University of New York.

He has taught at the University of Tulsa College of Law and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy as well as the Naval War College. Rostow earned his B.A and his Ph.D. from Yale. His publications are in the fields of diplomatic history, international law, and issues of U.S. national security and foreign policy.

At Hamilton Rostow will teach International Law with President David Wippman, an international law scholar.

Gwendolyn Dordick is a lecturer in the Sociology Department at City College of New York. She received her B.A. from UCLA and her Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University. Dordick previously taught at Hamilton and at Harvard University.

Gwen Dordick
Gwendolyn Dordick

Her research concentrates on the consequences of poverty and homelessness. Her book, Something Left to Lose: Personal Relations and Survival among New York's Homeless, concerns the efforts made by four groups of homeless people in New York City to construct shelter in places where it was not meant to be and is based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork.

Dordick’s later research explores the development and implementation of a comprehensive and coordinated continuum of both housing and supportive services designed to help the homeless overcome personal problems such as substance abuse and mental illness.

While at Harvard, she designed, managed and implemented the neighborhood ethnographic component of Welfare, Children & Families: A Three City Study, exploring the impact of welfare reform on family and child well-being.

At Hamilton she will teach a government class, Urban Homelessness.

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