"The World of States"

New from Bloomsbury Press (April 2015 USA)

"The World of States"

by John L. Campbell & John A. Hall

Globalization has affected the way that the state is seen by the public and academics. Some say that the state has lost it powers, outflanked from above by economic change and from below by the rise of regional and nationalist movements. More common is the view that states have detrimental effects on the development of economies and societies. This book disagrees. With the increasing realization that countries of the underdeveloped world will never advance without the rule of law, sound state institutions, and strong national identities the tenor of debate is now changing. States are still necessary for human progress. What matters is constructing them along the right lines.

"The National Origins of Policy Ideas"

New from Princeton University Press  (April 2014)

"The National Origins of Policy Ideas
Knowledge Regimes in the United States, France, Germany, and Denmark"

by John L. Campbell & Ove K. Pedersen


In politics, ideas matter. They provide the foundation for economic policymaking that in turn shapes what is possible in domestic and international politics. Yet until now, little attention has been paid to how these ideas are produced and disseminated, and how this process varies between countries. The National Origins of Policy Ideas provides the first comparative analysis of how “knowledge regimes”—communities of policy research organizations like think tanks, political party foundations, ad hoc commissions and state research offices, and the institutions that govern them—generate ideas and communicate them to policymakers.

Faculty Forum: Professor Denise Anthony

Bonnie Barber

Faculty members share their insights on current events with Dartmouth Now in a question-and-answer series called Faculty Forum. This week, Professor Denise Anthony talks about the issues surrounding electronic medical records.

Denise Anthony is an associate professor and past chair in the department of Sociology. She is also research director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) at Dartmouth, and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Health Policy Research at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Walton Study: Asian American Education Levels Affect Health

Bonnie Barber

If you are Asian American, could living in ethnic neighborhoods with other Asian Americans be better for your health? The answer is yes, according to Dartmouth Assistant Professor of Sociology Emily Walton, who recently published her findings in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Walton examined 256 neighborhoods in large metropolitan areas across the United States and found that Asian Americans living in predominantly Asian neighborhoods reported better health as the overall educational level of their neighbors increased. However, this correlation between individual health and neighborhood education levels did not exist for those living in non-Asian neighborhoods.

Stuck in the Middle (VPR)

Dartmouth’s Marc Dixon, an associate professor of sociology, is part of a VPR Vermont Edition in-depth discussion that explores the idea of how the middle class is defined in America.

“It’s a loose term,” Dixon tells VPR. “So often in popular usage we are just talking about a way of life. It is almost a standing category for mainstream mid-America life that might include owning a home, having a more or less stable job, and if you didn’t go to college, you certainly have the aspirations of sending your kids there. It’s become a catch-all category in that way.”

Listen to the story, broadcast 11/5/12 on VPR’s Vermont Edition.

Privacy Worries Go Far Beyond Emails (CNN)

Denise Anthony, associate professor of sociology and research director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society at Dartmouth, says that Facebook’s new privacy controls and a proposal to change the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act are both positive steps in protecting online privacy. However, more actions are needed, writes Anthony in her CNN opinion piece.

Anthony, a faculty affiliate at the Center for Health Policy Research at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, says, “New Facebook policies and the proposed strengthening of the electronic privacy act are important steps, but until we follow privacy-by-design technology, strengthen fair information practices, and encourage policies that recognize the social nature of privacy, our online world will continue to lack the mechanisms we need to promote and protect personal privacy.”

Meet Sociology's New Faculty: Emily Walton

Keith Chapman

Twenty-three scholars—from a variety of disciplines that include biology, Native American studies, and sociology—have joined the ranks of Dartmouth’s Arts & Sciences faculty this academic year. In this weeklong series, Dartmouth Now takes a closer look at some of these scholars, their research, and what brought them to Dartmouth.

Emily Walton, assistant professor of sociology, completed her PhD at the University of Washington in 2009.  In this interview, Walton describes how she found her passion and what the future holds for her field.

Marc Dixon Honored with Faculty Award

Keith Chapman

Ten faculty members have been recognized for exceptional achievement in scholarship, teaching, and mentoring for 2012. Among the winners was Marc Dixon, associate professor of sociology. The awards are announced annually by the Office of the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

“The accomplishments of these professors, as teachers and as scholars, are inspiring to students and faculty alike,” says Michael Mastanduno, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “I am proud to call them my colleagues.”

Marc Dixon, associate professor of sociology

The John M. Manley Huntington Award for Newly Tenured Faculty, in recognition of outstanding merit