Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

Ranked among the top public affairs programs in the nation, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy provides a strong foundation for students to contribute to public service as citizens, professionals and educators. The College emphasizes research on timely issues such as educational reform, immigration, homeland security and terrorism.

Major Highlights

Rockefeller College expanded its research and training with the additions of the Center for International Development, the Training Strategies Group, and the National Center for Security & Preparedness. The Center for International Development received a $357,000 grant from Higher Education for Development.

The Center for Legislative Development was awarded $2 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development to continue its efforts to strengthen municipal institutions in Lebanon.

The Tuesday Policy Lunch series included notable speakers Marcy Boyle, vice president of The LeFrak Organization; Dana Chasin, senior advisor at the Federal Fiscal Policy Group at OMB Watch; and NYS Senator Kemp Hannon, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Health.

The first-ever Tech Valley Civic Forum was hosted by the Nonprofit Executive Roundtable at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

George Will's Newsweek column featured political science professor Bruce Miroff's new book, The Liberals' Moment: The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic Party.

Cheng Chen, assistant professor of political science, published the book The Prospects for Liberal Nationalism in Post-Leninist States.

Julie Novkov, associate professor of political science, published her book Racial Union: Law, Intimacy, and the White State in Alabama, 1865-1954.

Awards and Recognition

Public Service Professor Paul Castellani was selected as Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary.

Patricia Strach, assistant professor of political science and public policy, will study the marketing of social causes at Harvard University as part of the Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. Strach also published the book All in the Family: The Private Roots of American Public Policy.

Rey Koslowski, associate professor of political science, was appointed as Fellow of the Transatlantic Academy at the German Marshall Fund.

Scott Barclay, associate professor of political science, was appointed the Book Review Editor for the Law & Society Review.


Victor Asal, assistant professor of political science, and Karl Rethemeyer, assistant professor of public administration, were awarded $100,000 for a national security project for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Faculty and Staff Appointments

Erzsebet Fazekas, assistant professor, joined the Department of Public Administration and Policy.

The Department of Political Science welcomed Ehud Sommer, assistant professor.

Staff additions included Sara Oberst, director of undergraduate internships and alumni programs, and Frances Holzhauer, marketing manager.