Marc J. Dunkelman

Fellow in International and Public Affairs
Areas of Interest Politics, community, infrastructure.


Marc J. Dunkelman is a fellow in International and Public Affairs. His work at Brown focuses on the architecture of American community and the progressive movement's evolving view of power. 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, National Affairs and 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
  • "Why You're the Reason Washington's Broken," TEDx, June 23, 2016
  • “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
  • "Get to know your neighbor — it's good for your health," Vox, August 12, 2014
  • "Effects of Increasing Digital Connections on Relationships and Communities,", August 11, 2014

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