Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Marc J. Dunkelman

Marc J. Dunkelman

Marc J. Dunkelman

Fellow in Public Policy


Marc J. Dunkelman is a fellow in public policy at Brown and senior fellow at the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. After graduating from Columbia, he spent more than a dozen years working on Capitol Hill and at think tanks in Washington, DC. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Harvard Business Review, and National Affairs, among other publications. In 2014, W.W. Norton published his first book, The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community.



“How ‘Quality Time’ is Killing American Innovation.” Harvard Business Review, December 1, 2014. read

“America’s Tolerance Dilemma.” Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2014. read

“What Data Can’t Convey.” Chronicle of Higher Education, August 19, 2014. read

“The Crisis of American Exceptionalism” RealClearPolitics, August 13, 2014. read

“How Did Things Get This Bad? Polarization, dysfunction and the collapse of everything” Salon, August 3, 2014. read


“Grit and Community.” Essay Series on Character and Community, Brookings Institution, October 22, 2013. read

Talks & Media

Responses to The Vanishing Neighbor

Steven Assink, “There Goes the Neighborhood.” Hedgehog Review, December 4, 2014. read

J. Peder Zane, “Our cultural cocoons just one force driving vicious hyper-partisanship.” News & Observer, November 4, 2014. read

Tyler Cowen, “The One-Sentence Book Review.” New York Times Magazine, August 24, 2014 read

L. Gregory Jones, “Renewing Community in  a Networked Society,” Duke Divinity School, October 21, 2014 read

Naomi LaChance, “So Long, Neighbor.” U.S. News and World Report, August 21, 2014. read

Alex Kingsbury, “Why It’s Important to Hate the Yankees.” Boston Globe, August 17, 2014. read

Daniel Stid, “There Goes the Neighborhood.” Work in Progress: The Hewlett Foundation Blog, August 14, 2014. read

E.J. Dionne Jr., “Where Goes the Neighborhood?” Washington Post, August 10, 2014. read

Blake Seitz, “Blogging Alone.” Washington Free Beacon, August 9, 2014. read

Brian Bethune, “Stop Ignoring Your Neighbours.” Macleans, August 6, 2014. read

“The Real Reason for America’s Polarization? Look Next Door.” Washington Post’s ‘The Fix.’ August 4, 2014. read

News|Recent News

Why Won't You Be My Neighbor? (comments by Marc Dunkelman)

August 21, 2015 City Lab, The Atlantic

In an article on a new report that found that most Americans have never spent time with their neighbors, Marc Dunkelman, public policy fellow at Brown, discusses the reasons why people used to have more interactions with the people that lived around them.