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Professors in Sustainability, Economics, and History Named to New Endowed Chairs

Three faculty members—Bruce Sacerdote ’90, Colin Calloway, and Anne R. Kapuscinski—were recently named to new endowed chairs. Sacerdote, an applied microeconomics expert whose research focuses on an array of public policy issues, is the inaugural holder of the Richard S. Braddock 1963 Professorship in Economics. Calloway, described as “one of the world’s leading historians working at the intersection of history and Native American Studies,” by Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt, was appointed to the John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professorship. Kapuscinski, a leading environmental scientist who previously taught fisheries and conservation biology at the University of Minnesota, is the inaugural holder of the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professorship in Sustainability Science.

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Bruce Sacerdote ’90, Anne Kapuscinski, and Colin Calloway (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Kapuscinski: The science of sustainability
Kapuscinski is a world-renowned environmental scientist known for her research on fisheries conservation and genetically modified fish. Her research in Thailand and the United States currently focuses on tilapia, which is the world’s second most important farmed fish. This endowed chair will enable her to continue to strengthen the link between science and policy in this emerging field. She plans to move into interdisciplinary research on integrated aquaculture-agriculture renewable energy systems, ideally within an envisioned sustainability learning center. Click here to read more about her work.

Sacerdote: Big questions
Sacerdote’s wide-ranging research interests apply the rigor of economic research to questions such as:

  • How did Hurricane Katrina impact not only the educations of evacuees but also students in the school systems to which the victims relocated?
  • Why are fertility rates collapsing in Germany, Austria, and many other developed nations?
  • What incentives are required to motivate bright high school students who currently fall through the cracks to attend college?

He and a group of Dartmouth students are currently working with the New Hampshire Department of Education on the latter project, analyzing why certain high schools have a higher rate of college-bound graduates than others.

“What I love about teaching here is the ability to interact with some of the smartest, most creative students,” says Sacerdote, who over the past 11 years has advised 15 senior honors theses, mentored 40 James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars, and worked with 450 students on senior seminar papers for the culminating experience of the economics major.

His chair was endowed by Susan and Rick Braddock ’63, along with their sons Brad ’90 and Derek ’94. Rick Braddock is chairman and CEO of FreshDirect, an online fresh food manufacturing and delivery service.

Calloway: History of a continent
A professor in the Department of History and the Program in Native American Studies, Calloway chaired Native American studies from 1997 to 2009. His scholarly focus is on the experiences of Native Americans in the 17th through the 19th centuries and their relationships with European and U.S. settlers.

He is the author of several acclaimed books, most recently The Shawnees and the War for America (2007). He also wrote One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark (2003) and The American Revolution in Indian Country: Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities (1995), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in history. He recently completed a book on Dartmouth’s Native American history, which will be published next spring, and is working on a book about Indian treaties.

“I work in Native American history, which for me means rethinking the history of the North American continent,” says Calloway, who first came to Dartmouth as a visiting professor in 1990 before joining the faculty full time in 1995. “Dartmouth is the best place for me to do this kind of work, in part because of its unique history and connections to Native American populations, but mainly because I always have Native and non-Native students in all my classes. It is rewarding to have students who are bright and willing to consider alternative explanations and multiple narratives of America’s past.”

Calloway’s professorship is named for the late John Kimball Jr. ’43, a long-time partner at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr.

BY BONNIE BARBER

Last Updated: 11/1/09