Brown University
Public Policy
Marc J. Dunkelman

Marc J. Dunkelman

Marc J. Dunkelman

Fellow in Public Policy

Areas of Interest: Politics, community, infrastructure.


Marc J. Dunkelman is a fellow in International and Public Affairs. His work at Brown focuses on how the evolving architecture of American community has affected the workings of government, the dynamism of the American economy, and the resilience of the American social safety net. In 2014, W.W. Norton published his first book, The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community.

During more than a dozen years working in Washington, Dunkelman served as a senior fellow at the Clinton Foundation, on the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as legislative director and chief of staff to a member of the House of Representatives, and as the vice president for strategy and communications at the Democratic Leadership Council. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, Daily Beast, and National Affairs, among other publications.


  • “Invite Your Neighbors Over for a Barbecue This Weekend,” New York Times, May 26, 2017.
  • “To Protect America, James Madison Advised Us to ‘Extend the Sphere.’ Now, It’s Contracting.” Daily Beast, February 19, 2017
  • “The Key to Reviving American Institution May Lie Next Door,” The Atlantic, September 9, 2015.
  • “Foundations Can Help Transform How We Care for Aging Americans,” Chronicle of Philanthropy, December 17, 2014.
  • “How Quality Time is Killing American Innovation,” Harvard Business Review, December 1, 2014
  • “Americas Tolerance Dilemma,” Los Angeles Times, September 8, 2014.
  • “What Data Can’t Convey,” Chronicle of Higher Education, August 19, 2014.

Talks & Media

Why You're the Reason Washington's Broken | Marc Dunkelman | TEDxTraverseCity