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bobby croke, Assistant Director

Bobby Croke is the Assistant Director in Residential Education serving the Living Learning Communities (LLCs) at Dartmouth. Bobby partners with House Professor, Dennis Washburn to bridge the curricular and co-curricular sides of campus, putting on large scale social and academic programs for students living in LLCs. He works to support students in all areas and supervises the McLaughlin UGA staff. Bobby received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Boston and his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Higher Education/Student Personnel from the University of Central Florida. Bobby is a live-in staff member, so if you see him at late night events or stopping by the McLaughlin snack bar, say hello! In his free time, Bobby enjoys building furniture/flea market shopping, exploring the upper valley, and spending time with family and friends.


DENNis washburn, HOuse Professor

I am a specialist in Japanese literature in the Comparative Literature Program and the Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor in Asian Studies. In addition to being House Professor, I am also serving as the Frank J. Guarini Associate Dean of the Faculty. I studied English literature at Harvard and Oxford, and completed my PhD in Japanese literature at Yale

My scholarly work looks at how issues of social values and cultural identity are represented in Japanese forms of both modern and classical fiction, a subject I have written on in The Dilemma of the Modern in Japanese Fiction and in Translating Mount Fuji: Modern Japanese Fiction and the Ethics of Identity. I have edited a number of scholarly volumes on a range of topics: Japanese cinema, conversion cultures, and racial identities in East Asian empires. Apart from my scholarship, I have translated numerous works of fiction, including Yokomitsu Riichi’s Shanghai, Mizukami Tsutomu’s The Temple of the Wild Geese, for which I received the US-Japan Friendship Commission Prize, and Tsushima Yuko’s Laughing Wolf. My new translation of The Tale of Genji was published by W. W Norton in 2015.

As you can probably imagine (based on my academic background), my interests tend toward ‘geeky’ pleasures such as videogames, fantasy and science fiction, and action films. Despite that, I am still quite sociable and look forward to meeting you.


Pamela Duffy, Administrative Assistant

Pamela Duffy grew up in North Carolina and New Jersey and is the daughter of a member of the Marine Corps. She moved to New Hampshire to work as an administrator at a small boutique investment firm in Hanover for over ten years. In 2011, she began working at Dartmouth and was hired as the Executive Assistant for the Senior Vice President for Advancement. Looking for a change in the fall of 2016, she began working for the Living Learning Communities and West House. She found it exciting to be part of the kickoff of Dartmouth’s new House System. When she is not at McLaughlin, Pamela enjoys hiking, playing her mandolin, and working in her garden.