Provost Briefs

Public Policy

Steve Lee (Philosophy) is currently doing public policy research at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. He has recently completed a paper on the ethics of drones, especially for targeted killings.

Claire Criniti ’13 and Billy van der Wal ’15, both Public Policy minors, along with Jordan Hawn ’13 and Samantha Prouty ’15 presented findings from four different original research projects on the sexual double standard in college culture in a poster session at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociology Society (, held this year in Boston, March 21-24, 2013. Their research projects were conducted in Prof. Renee Monson’s (Sociology) Research Methods (Soc. 211) course in Fall 2012.

Hilary Gove ’14 was recently chosen to be a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, which celebrates those students who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities. Gove is just one of 181 students from 36 states to be named a fellow. On campus and in the Geneva community, Gove has dedicated her time building playgrounds, tutoring local children, and volunteering at food pantries. She has helped raise funds for the West Street Elementary Playground and contributed to the effort of the community playground build in October 2013 as a part of the Colleges’ work with KaBoom!

Over the past year, R. Eric Barnes has been continuing his work in both bioethics and debate theory. He published his second article on ethics and autism (co-authored with Helen McCabe) and he has two articles forthcoming about debate adjudication. His current work includes research on righteous indignation, slippery slope argument and game theory."

Caleb Campbell (H ’11) returned to campus in April 2013 to facilitate discussions in all three of Craig Rimmerman’s (Public Policy) classes (two sections of Democracy and Public Policy and Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy). He also presented a talk to the entire Hobart and William Smith community titled: “What We Aren’t Talking About: Broadening the LGBT Dialogue.” Campbell was the Hobart Commencement speaker in 2011. His talk incorporated and drew from personal life experiences to provide suggestions regarding how we at Hobart and William Smith and the community at large, can be more aware and sensitive not just to outspokenly and open gay individuals, but to those who may be struggling with their identities as well. Since graduating from Hobart in 2011, he has worked at the Center for American Progress in their War Room, provided guidance and consultation for progressive leaning politicians while working at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, and worked on the Obama reelection campaign as a field coordinator in Florida.


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