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Alum Receives Professorship at Haverford

Hobart alumnus Zachary Oberfield ’98 recently accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Political Science at Haverford College. 

After working on welfare policy issues at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last year, Oberfield is currently on a post-doctoral fellowship in the Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York, where he is teaching Master of Public Administration students and conducting research about representative bureaucracy.  He will begin teaching at Haverford in the fall.

“Zach is a rising star in political science, and I am certain he will go on to an exemplary career as a teacher and scholar,” says Craig Rimmerman, professor of public policy studies and political science.  “To know that Zach has done so well and has already accomplished so much is one of the highlights of my teaching career.”

Oberfield graduated cum laude with a B.A. in political science and a minor in religious studies.  He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008.  His dissertation-on welfare policy and street-level bureaucrats-won the American Political Science Association’s 2009 Leonard D. White Award for the best dissertation in the field of public administration. 

A member of Kappa Alpha society, Oberfield ran cross-country at HWS, was a member of the Chimera Society Junior Honor Society, was a Hobart Scholar during his sophomore year and studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland and Washington, DC.  Oberfield has taught at the City College of New York, Temple University and University of Wisconsin-Madison, published in Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and The Mass Media and Latino Politics and, while at HWS, interned for former Senator Tom Daschle.