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A Dartmouth/Economics Story
As a junior in high school, Jonathan Pedde ‘14 was getting ready to tour several elite colleges and universities. Before leaving, he sent emails to dozens of economics professors whom he admired at these institutions, hoping to talk with them when he visited campus.
Only one, Dartmouth’s Douglas Irwin, the John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences, offered to meet with Pedde.
“It was a Saturday afternoon and Professor Irwin came in to campus and took a half hour to sit down with me,” Pedde says. “I was absolutely blown away by that. I hadn’t even applied to Dartmouth yet, much less been admitted.”
Pedde was admitted, and his meeting with Irwin sealed the deal. “That conversation sold me,” he says. It was a decision that has paid off: This month he was named one of Dartmouth’s Rhodes Scholars.
Professor Doug Irwin is one of the College’s most-cited researchers, a prolific author, a hugely popular teacher who runs open-to-all discussion groups, a frequent commentator in the press, and a public servant who has served on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
He’s also an all-around nice guy who has plenty of time, obviously, for students — despite his atypically severe demeanor in the photo to the right.
In fact, Doug is an illustration of this space’s long-held position that there is no conflict between research and teaching. Far more often than not, Dartmouth’s best teachers are our best researchers. A goodly number of professors in Economics fit this description, and the rise of the Economics department at the College is a model that Phil Hanlon would do well to study. Perhaps he could begin by visiting our largest department, something that he has not done for some reason during his first six months in Hanover.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…