In The Media - Archive 2008

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Time Magazine, Dec. 12.  Alex Harris, professor of the practice of PPS and N.C. photographer, were invited to take pictures on the set of the movie Che, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Benicio Del Toro as the revolutionary Che Guevara, that explores the relationship of the townspeople and the actors in this photo essay.

Duke Today, Dec. 9.  Two Sanford students, Jeremy Cluchey (MPP ‘09) and Nick Campisano (PPS ‘09), were named Federal Service Student Ambassadors for the 2008-2009 school year,

The New York Times, Nov. 17.  Ken Dodge, professor of PPS and director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, discusses new research that links a “cascade of influences” of negative childhood events to serious teenage violence.

North Carolina Public Radio, Nov. 12.  Kevin Bleyer, Dwane Powell and Adam Chodikoff, panelists at the Sanford event “Laughing at Power,”  talked about their work as satirists on the program “The State of Things.”

Duke Global Health Institute, Nov. 10.  Associate Professor of PPS and Sociology Giovanna Merli, also a member of the Global Health Institute, discusses her work on the spread of HIV in China.

Duke Today, Nov. 7.  Amb. James A. Joseph, professor of the practice of PPS, gave a talk on leadership on the day after the election, examining the qualities exemplified by Nelson Mandela and how those qualities are needed now. 

Duke Today, Oct. 23. Duke demographer Giovanna Merli, a new member of the PPS faculty, is introduced to the Duke community. Merli is an expert on Chinese family policy, and she discusses the success of China's one-child-per-family laws as well as the reasons AIDS has been kept under control so well there.

Sunday Tribune, South Africa, Oct. 12. A discussion of curriculum reform in South Africa cites the book Elusive Equity: Education Reform in Post-Apartheid South Africa by Helen “Sunny” Ladd, professor of PPS and economics.

Charlotte Observer, Oct. 7.  James Hamilton, professor of PPS and economics, points out the confusing design of the ballot in North Carolina, where the presidential selection is not included in the straight ticket option.

North Carolina Public Radio, Sept. 3. On the program, “The State of Things,” Jacob Vigdor, associate professor of PPS, discusses his new plan for how teachers should be paid.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 25: Former senior vice president for public affairs and government relations John Burness, now a visiting PPS professor, criticizes the manner in which organizations like U.S. News & World Report and Money Magazine rank institutions of higher learning.

New York Sun, Aug. 22: Obama’s education policies are in-line with a “Broader, Bolder Approach to Education” said Professor of PPS Helen “Sunny” Ladd, who co-chairs the task force that drafted the proposal.

National Journal Magazine, July 26:  Recent studies suggesting a biological basis for political preferences are criticized by Assistant Professor of PPS and Policital Science Evan Charney.

Democratic Strategist, “Obama and Iraq: A General Election Strategy”: July 3. With the Iraq War still near the top of voters’ list of concerns, Duke Public Policy Professor Bruce Jentleson offers a campaign strategy for presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Foreign Affairs: July/August 2008. Curtis Bradley, professor of law and public policy studies, reviews Benjamin Wittes' book, Law and the Long War, and calls it required reading for anyone interested in the legal challenges posed by the war on terror.

New England Journal of Medicine, June 26: Maxwell Mehlman reviews the 2008 book Medical Malpractice by J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Economics Frank Sloan and lawyer and health policy research associate Lindsey Chepke.

Raleigh News & Observer: June 26. Duke public policy major Abby Alger, a rising senior, co-founded the new blog Real World Republicans to reach out to Generation Next -- people 16 to 25.

North Carolina Public Radio: June 25. Joel Rosch of the Center for Child and Family Policy talks about crime trends and prevention efforts on the program "The State of Things."

University of Illinois-WILL-AM's Focus 580: June 23. Jacob L. Vigdor, associate professor of public policy studies and economics, talks about his research on immigration assimilation patterns in the United States over the past quarter century.

North Carolina Public Radio: June 11.  On “The State of Things,” Professor of PPS Helen “Sunny” Ladd discusses the need for education reform in the wake of the failures of the No Child Left Behind policy. Ladd outlines the recommendations of a task force of experts, of which she is co-chair, that were announced this week as “A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education.”

Fox Business News: June 3.  Assistant Professor of Public Policy Don Taylor discusses the possible impact of New York State’s new higher excise tax on cigarettes on smoking rates and the public costs of smoking., May 27 – America still does a good job of assimilating new immigrants, concludes this commentary about the new study by Associate Professor of PPS Jacob Vigdor.

The Boston Globe, May 19.  Associate Professor of PPS Jacob Vigdor discusses the findings of his new study, the Index of Immigrant Assimilation, which finds that new immigrants are quickly assimilating into American culture and what policies might encourage cultural and civic assimilation. 

Denver Post, May 4: Kristin Goss, assistant professor of PPS, points out that this is a period of lack of attention to gun control, with little recent law-making on the issue.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 24: Assistant Professor of PPS Elizabeth O. Ananat, whose work was cited in a report last week that claimed single parenthood costs taxpayers $112 billion, says that report ignored data showing that many women’s financial lives improve after divorce. She explains how the results add up.

Wisconsin Public Radio, April 9: In light of Gen. David H. Petraeus’ April 8 testimony before Congress, professor of public policy Bruce Jentleson  joins WPR’s Jim Packard to discuss the latest from Iraq: troop levels, recent violence in Basra, Iran and congressionally-mandated benchmarks.

Washington Post, April 7: Visiting lecturer in public policy and recent author Christopher Gergen has created a successful career as an entrepreneur using social networking for each of his business endeavors.

Washington Post, March 28: Paula D. McClain, a public policy professor and co-director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences, has found that a majority of Latinos maintain stereotypical views about African-Americans.

North Carolina Public Radio, March 27: On “The State of Things,” Sanford Institute professor William “Sandy” Darity talks about a UNC-Duke conference exploring the global impact of biases based on color distinctions within races.

Colorado Springs Gazette, March 22: In light of the upcoming presidential election, Robert Korstad, an associate professor of public policy studies and history, comments on the United States’ need for a civic culture that encourages greater conversation on issues of race and segregation.

Duke Today, March 20: Three Duke faculty members, including professor of public policy and political science Paula McClain, currently sit on the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Study, which aims to provide data to help explain election outcomes. They are taking a close look at 2008's historic race.

Christian Science Monitor, March 20: Bruce Jentleson, a foreign-policy specialist at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, says that “It’s a different world (since the Iraq war), one that's more complex and with less of a sense that there will be a single leader.”

Pravda, March 17: Bruce Kuniholm, director of the Sanford Institute for Public Policy, provides commentary on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War for the Russian daily newspaper Pravda.  Note: article is written in Slovak.

New York Times Magazine, March 9: Professor of Public Policy and Law Joel Fleishman, who recently wrote a book on the role of private foundations in American life, talks about the role of strategic grants in facilitating social change.

Newsweek, March 5: In a discussion of the vice presidential nominee for the Democratic ticket, retired general Anthony Zinni, a visiting professor at Duke’s Sanford Institute, is mentioned as a “national-security choice.”

Durham News, March 1: Retired four-star Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, a guest lecturer this semester in the Hart Leadership Program at the Sanford Institute, shares his excitement for the involvement of young people in the presidential campaign.

Duke Today, Feb. 21: The Sanford Institute-connected Durham Family Initiative has birthed a new program that will help Durham County reach out to support its youngest new residents.

Duke University News & Communications, Feb 19: The strong opposition showing in the Pakistani elections should help prevent violence and lend credibility to the results, but it foreshadows political instability, says assistant professor of public policy Judith Kelley.

Newsweek, Feb. 4: Political science and public policy professor Paula McClain discusses her research, which sheds light on the stark racial divide that's been revealed in primary voting.

New Scientist, Feb. 2: Evan Charney, a political scientist and assistant public policy professor, is critical of some of the studies that have found personality differences between people who hold varying political views. (Link to free preview and full text for subscribers; e-mailed upon request to

Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 30: Professor of public policy Bruce Jentleson discusses the challenge the next president will face in improving America's stature abroad.

Marketplace, Jan. 29: Duke health policy analyst Chris Conover says it's not realistic to think that a rollback of the Bush tax cuts will cover the cost of universal health insurance coverage.

DiversityInc, Jan. 25: Paula McClain, a professor of political science and public policy who has researched Latino attitudes toward blacks in the South, talks about the crucial Latino voting bloc. (with audio) See also (U.K.) The First Post: Clinton and Obama Battle for Hispanic Vote

CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees, Jan. 23: Duke political science and public policy professor Paula McClain says black women may relate more with Barack Obama because of issues of race than with Hillary Clinton because of issues of gender. (See fifth report.)

Duke University News & Communications, Jan. 23: The Center for Child and Family Policy has been selected to evaluate the first phase of a new five-year nationwide effort to deliver developmental resources to 15 million young people.

NPR’s “Tell Me More,” Jan. 23: Professor of public policy, African and African American Studies and political science Paula McClain discusses her new study on how racial attitudes among Hispanics may affect voting patterns in the 2008 elections.

NPR's "Tell Me More," Jan. 18: Duke professor Paula McClain's research concluding that Latino voters may identify more with Clinton than Obama is making news in the blogosphere.

Duke University News & Communications, Jan. 16: Latinos tend to identify more with whites than with blacks, according to preliminary findings of a Duke study. This dynamic may affect the upcoming Democratic primaries, says Paula McClain, professor of political science, public policy and African and African American Studies.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 13: Duke professor of public policy studies Bruce W. Jentleson writes that in its attempt to repair the damage of the last seven years, the Bush administration is turning to foreign policies it once rejected.