Quick Facts

The Dickey Center for International Understanding unites the diverse strengths of Dartmouth College—students, faculty, undergraduate and graduate schools—in addressing the world's challenges. We broaden the scope of learning through advanced study, interdisciplinary collaboration, research innovation, and respect for a diversity of viewpoints.


The Dickey Center for International Understanding was established in 1982 and dedicated to the memory and values of Dartmouth College President John Sloan Dickey (1907-1991, College President from 1945-1970).

Academic Data

  • Each year, the Dickey Center funds an average of 75 international interns and research fellows in 35 countries
  • Between 80-90 first year students and 10-12 upper class "peer mentors" participate in our Great Issues Scholars program
  • 50-60 sophomores, juniors and seniors take part in our War & Peace Fellows program
  • Annually, 10 students participate in our Human Development Fellows program
  • Our Global Health Fellows program includes 65-80 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students each year.
  • The Dickey Center and Dean of Faculty's U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Postdoctoral Fellows program welcomes 7-10 scholars a year to Dartmouth.
  • In a typical year, the Dickey Center hosts between 30 and 40 Public Events for the Dartmouth community and greater Upper Valley.


The Dickey Center oversees a minor in International Studies, a certificate in Global Health and courses focused on environmental change and security.

  • Graduating with International Studies Minor in 2018: 10
  • Global Health Certificate Awarded in 2018: 13


Student Clubs and Publications

  • Dartmouth Coalition for Global Health (DCGH)
  • Dartmouth Council on Climate Change (DC3)
  • International Business Council (IBC)
  • International Development Forum (IDF)
  • Science Technology and Engineering Policy Society (STEPS)
  • World Affairs Council (WAC)
  • World Outlook, a journal of international affairs

Selective Membership Organizations

Research, Internships, Fellowships

The Dickey Center offers a wide range of opportunities for research funding for faculty and students, internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and fellowships for undergraduates and postdocs. See our funding page for a full list of funding opportunities for research and internships and the various pillar pages (environment, gender, health, human development, security) for focused opportunities.

Lectures, Conferences and Events

The Dickey Center brings many national and international scholars and public figures to campus to address pressing international issues.

In recent years, the Dickey Center has hosted, among others: Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, First Lady, and 2016 Democratic nominee for president ; Secretary of Defense James Mattis; Timothy Geitner, former Secretary of the Treasury; Jake Sullivan, former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department, and National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden; Gayle Smith, former Administrator of USAID; William Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State; General (Ret.) Carter Ham, President and CEO of the Association of the US Army, and former Commander, US AFRICOM; Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Equity, Rwanda; Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Emily Haber, Germany's Ambassador to the United States; and Susan Rice, Ambassador to the United Nations, and U.S. National Security Advisor to President Obama.

Many of our events can be viewed on the Dickey Center's YouTube Channel.

Dickey Center Interim Director Christianne Hardy

Christianne Hardy is a political scientist and educational professional, appointed as the Interim Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding by Dartmouth's Provost, a position she previously held in 2012. Dr. Hardy most recently served as Special Assistant to the President of Dartmouth College.  

A scholar of international institutions, Dr. Hardy leverages her work in international relations to address the ways institutional variation influences outcomes in the university context. All of her work touches upon the ongoing challenges faced by the university in environments of rapid technological, economic and social change. In the President's Office, Dr. Hardy worked on projects related to diversity and inclusivity, staffed high level committees and managed special projects that crossed institutional divisions. Previously at Dartmouth she served as Director of the Montgomery Fellows program, Dartmouth's premier distinguished visitor program, and for thirteen years worked at the Dickey Center for International Understanding developing student, faculty and public programs. She has taught courses on European Politics for the Government Department, and on Social Science Field Research for the International Studies Minor. 

Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Chris was a member of the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Fordham University where she taught in the International Political Economy and Development graduate program, and offered introductory politics classes and advanced courses in comparative and European politics. She also worked as Associate Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University, She holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington, where she spent a year studying at the Institute d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, and MA and PhD degrees in Politics from Princeton University.