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

Class of 2011

Turning Your Passion Into Your Living with a Liberal Arts Degree

On Friday, August 4th, the Rockefeller Center hosted a one-day conference entitled “How to Make Your Passion Your Living with a Liberal Arts Degree.” The purpose of the conference was to help students learn how to translate their interests into careers that have meaning and impact.

Puja Devi ’19 values a liberal arts degree “because it encourages me to both delve into my interests as well as explore fields I might not favor as much.” Even though she is a government major, she has taken classes in sociology and women’s and gender studies, studied abroad in India, and is currently searching for research projects in geography.

The conference featured remarks from Rebecca Biron, Dean of the College, about the versatility of a liberal arts degree as well as six young alumni.

Rey Allie ’11 studied Government and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. He has developed insights to help Uber expand into new markets across the world, expanded the scope and reach of Google’s Intelligence and Investigations team, and currently advises senior leaders on strategic initiatives and opportunities at OfferUp.

Rockefeller Center Student Profile: Amrita Sankar '12

We meet and get to know a number of Dartmouth students over the course of the academic year. Students involved with the Rockefeller Center don't fit a particular mold - they have a broad variety of interests and passions. The following is a snapshot of one of those students.
Learn more about Amrita Sankar, Class of 2012

Alexandra Mahler-Haug: 2011 Winner of the Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship


Though she graduated from Dartmouth in June, Alexandra Mahler-Haug '11 has continued her engagement in both academics and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College as a 2011 winner of the Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship. The Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship allows Alexandra to continue to work on her Honors Thesis in Government with members of the Dartmouth faculty and ultimately, pursue publication.
“The opportunity to work towards achieving publication of my research through the Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship is a wonderful culmination of my involvement with the Rockefeller Center,” Alexandra said. “I am truly honored to have the chance to continue to work on my research and take it one step further.”
Alexandra’s thesis, entitled “Going Corporate: Investigating state use of Privatized Military Companies in the post-Cold War era”, was also the recipient of the Rockefeller Prize in International Relations for 2011.

Class of 2011 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

Front Row: Ming (John) Lee, Georgiana C.Smyser, Daniel R. Van Deusen, Fabeah Adu-Oppong, Emily T. Broas, Katherine E. Richardson Arnould; Second Row: Nicholas C. Downer, Joseph L. Coleman, Catherine N. Burkhard, Laura J. Zapata, Maya S. Granit, Christabell Dorcas N. Makokha; Third Row: Eric M. Durell, Sarah E. Frostenson, Kashay N. Sanders, Nana Amoah, Maria E. Fillas, Roni Nitecki; Back Row: Cameron T. Nutt, Matthew G. Dahlhausen, Fernando W. Rodriguez-Villa, Christopher R. Han

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