Government

Annora Ng ‘11
F09-S10 D-plan: L-R-R
Government/Sociology (minor)

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

One thing really great about the department is that almost all the government professors are great lecturers that can facilitate discussions well at the same time.  They make you feel you’ve learnt something new and useful after every class which makes going to class a really enjoyable experience.

My least favorite part of the department is that it can be hard to get into some classes because it is such a popular major.   Although that should not be a major concern because most professors will let you into the class if you stick around long enough.

Important info for potential majors:

Given that the department has so many streams, try taking different intro classes first instead of following only one track.  If you have a very tight D-plan, audit classes just to get a feel of the different resources that the government department provides.  Do not hesitate to contact professors on any subject matter.  Although some government professors may seem intimidating, they are actually really approachable people and are provide informative and useful advice.

Talk to me if:

you are interested in International Relations or Comparative Politics especially in the Asian Pacific region; want to learn more about the government FSP , need advice in picking the right stream, and if you want to learn more about China and Mexico.

Most valuable academic info learned:

I grew up in Hong Kong and thought I had a good understanding of Sino-Japanese relations.  Professor Lind’s class International Relations of East Asia really opened my eyes on the US involvement in this issue and why it is hard for Japan to apologize

Favorite class and professor:

Government 54- American Foreign Policy with Professor Mastunduno.

I couldn’t get into this class, so I audited it during my sophomore fall.  It is by far my favorite class at Dartmouth.  Professor Mastunduno is an excellent lecturer with incredible insights on American foreign policy, and he guides you into thinking critically in important issues.  The best thing I love about him is his well-roundedness in policy outlook, and presents different perspectives with great detail.  He also has a great sense of humor and facilitates class discussion in a very skilful manner.

Major classes taken:

Gov 4 , Gov 5, Gov 50, Gov 54, Gov 59

Major journey:

I came into Dartmouth knowing that I wanted to major in a social science and learn more about International Relations.  I took government 5 my freshman fall, and although the professor is a great lecturer, I don’t agree with many of his realistic and American focused world view.  Yet taking other classes in the department increased my vision.  I also took a couple of psyc, socy and econ classes, and they make me realize my real interests lie in government.

Other activities:

Students Of Hong Kong-VP; International Students Association; Prison Project; DAO Pals; Ultimate Frisbee; IM Basketball; Hop Production Team; McCulloch International Residence Program; PAC mentor

Off-campus program:

Mexico LSA 09W; London Govt FSP 09F

Internship experience:

I worked at Powersoft Consulting Limited as a part time Research intern in 08X.   My research focused on the political and social issues of Hong Kong and business cooperation between Hong Kong and China.

The same summer I worked in my district councilor’s office and served the local community.  This job also led me to getting involved in a political campaign for the Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong. My district councilor was in charge of the campaign for the Liberal Party in the Ma On Shan district, and I had to help him manage the logistics and took part in the budget planning.

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Austin Dillon ‘10
GOVT-AustinDillon
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Government

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

My favorite thing about the government department: accessibility.  Professors love their students and will jump at the chance to shoot the breeze, whether it’s about IR theory or March Madness.  They want you to succeed and they do their best to make this happen.  The most common phrase in the department is probably “my door is always open.”  And accessibility doesn’t just apply to professors.  You have a whole world of information and resources at your fingertips.  My least favorite thing would have to be the size.  It’s so big that it can be a little overwhelming.  You have to navigate your way through all the different subjects, which can be like information overload.  That’s why there’s PAL!

Important info for potential majors:

Experiment.  Try out all kinds of government classes to get a feel for what fits you best.  Take regional classes, theory classes, technology classes, gender classes, law classes.  The government department is a Baskin Robins of topics, so why not try them all?  If anything, you’ll come away with an arsenal of different approaches to a subject and this can only strengthen your ability to tackle government-related issues.

Talk to me if:

You’re interested in the Middle East, struggling with GOVT 47, need study-habit advice, or want the DL on professors.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Hard work pays off.  Don’t be intimidated by the government-zealots who know what year Bahrain signed some rando treaty with England.  We all have to start somewhere, and most of those people probably started off right where you are now.  If you pour yourself into the class, you’ll be rewarded.  After a while, you’ll begin to see the bigger picture and underlying concepts that unites all these subjects into “Government.”

Favorite class and professor:

GOVT 47 Arab-Israeli Conflict with Sa’adah.  This class kicks butt.  You not only learn a ton about the Arab-Israeli Conflict, but the Middle East in general.  This is a region and event that will have real world applicability for years to come, so the knowledge is incredibly valuable.  And Sa’adah is fantastic.  Her passion is infectious and she makes you want to be a better student.  What more could you ask for?

Major classes taken:

GOVT 4, 5, 10, 40 (Democracy European Style), 40 (Political Economy of the Arab Gulf States) 47, 56, 93, 94, 95,

Major journey:

I always wanted to major in something that would put me in the locus of world events.  For obvious reasons, a government major does just that.  After taking GOVT 4 with Baldez, I was hooked.  After a couple classes I knew that with a government major I would be equipped to go out in the real world and understand events in a new and powerful way.

Major-specific activities:

Government FSP to Washington, D.C.

Thesis status:

Either economics and the Middle East (what to do after oil) or peace and the Middle East.  Professor undecided.

Other activities:

Student worker at the Blunt Alumni Center; yoga; Special Olympics Bowling; Food Pantry; PoliTalk; Campus music scene

Off-campus program:

Government FSP to D.C.

Internship experience:

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, intern, 08S, Washington, D.C.; Brookings Institute, Governmental Studies intern, 09S, Washington, D.C.

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Lilai Guo ‘11
F09-S10 D-plan: FSP-R-L
Economics and Government double major with a minor in Mathematics

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

My favorite thing about the Government Department is that the Government major is very flexible. There are requirements that you have to fulfill but how you want to fulfill them is completely up to you. This has allowed me to explore topics that I find interesting and as a result, I have really enjoyed all the government classes I have taken so far. My least favorite thing about the Department is that, because Government is a very popular major here at Dartmouth, some classes are very hard to get into since there is a cap on how many students are allowed to take the class.

Important info for potential majors:

Build a strong relationship with your major advisor or any professor in the Government Department. Getting to know a Professor well comes in very handy when you need advice on your major, career path, or internship opportunities. Professors are also very helpful in terms of helping you come up with interesting topics to write about for a paper/thesis.

Talk to me if:

You are confused about the different sub-fields: International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Government, and Political Theory and Public Law. You need help planning out a double major and a minor.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Get to know your professors well because the more you know them, the more helpful they are to you. Especially in the Government Department, Professors really take the time to listen to you and address whatever questions you may have regarding class, your major, internships, graduate school, or research. All the resources you need to well here at Dartmouth are available to you but it’s up to you to find and use them.

Favorite class and professor:

Government 5: International Politics—Professor Valentino was a great lecturer and made the class very interesting in terms of the readings and the simulation we did.

Major classes taken:

Government 5, 20, 85.24; Economics 10, 20, 21, 22, 29, 39

Major journey:

I came to Dartmouth thinking that I was just going to be an Economics major. I didn’t take a single Government course until my sophomore fall but after exploring the Government Department, I began to realize that, in addition to Economics, I was also very interested in international relations. The great thing about the D-plan is that it makes being a double major fairly easy if you plan it out accordingly.

Major-specific activities:

Trade Agreement Research Assistant for the Center for International Business at the Tuck Business School, Faculty/Research Assistant for Professor Vandewalle in the Government Department; Administrative Assistant for the Government Department

Thesis status:

Definitely a strong possibility but at this point I have no clue what I want to write about. Hopefully, something will come to me in London.

Other activities:

Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, Alpha Phi (Vice President of Chapter Operations, Formal Chair, Director of Sisterhood), Panhellenic Council (Treasurer), Tour Guide, UGA (Undergraduate Advisor)

Off-campus program:

Government FSP at the London School of Economics (Fall 2009)

Internship experience:

First-Year Office Intern, SuperKids Intern

sliderReyad Allie ’11 GOVT-ReyadAllie
F09-S10 D-plan:  L-R-FSP
Government & Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

My favorite thing about the government department is the professors.  They are extremely knowledgeable, personable, and caring.  Professors are very eager to allow students to do research with them and also very willing assist students with class work as well as independent work/research.  Professors are very accessible and you don’t have to be a student in their class to stop by and ask a question or seek a research opportunity.  My least favorite thing about the department is the class sizes.  Courses tend to be relatively large because of high demand, but regardless of the class size professors make a point to engage and students and allow for discussion.

Important info for potential majors:

Plan out your courses, the Government department has a lost of courses that will be offered for the next two years.  Course syllabi are available one the department website, and they are very useful when choosing courses.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you are interested in: foreign policy, terrorism, militancy, genocide, government internships, off campus programs, the Middle East, and planning your major

Most valuable academic info learned:

Get to know the professors of the department very well, and take advantage of office hours.  Sometimes I learned more in office hours than from the readings.

Favorite class and professor:

My favorite class was Government 59 (Foreign Policy and Decision Making) with professor Strathman.  In this class we examined 4 models of decision-making and in the end had a simulation of decision-making and international cooperation.  My favorite professor is Richard Ned Lebow, I took a senior seminar with him where we designed and ran a few experiments to test international relations theories.

Major classes taken:

GOVT 5, 10, 30, 54, 59, 85.24

Major journey:

I always knew I wanted to be a Government major, but I always saw myself concentrating on theory and philosophy of government.  After taking Dr. Wohlforth’s Government 5 class, I realized that international relations was my passion.

Major-specific activities:

President Scholar for Professor Lebow
Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange

Thesis status:

I intend to write at thesis on the psychology of terrorism and terrorists; I intend to have Professor Strathman advise my thesis

Other activities:

Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate Team, Undergraduate Advisor, Tour Guide, College Democrats, Work at Tucker Toundation.

Off-campus program:

Oxford Exchange –Fall 2009
AMES FSP to Fez Morocco—Spring 2010

Internship experience:

Bill McCollum—Attorney General of the State of Florida—Intern/Paralegal Assistant—Summer 2008
Scott Brook PA—Paralegal Assistant/Intern on Mayoral Campaign—Summer 2008.