News & Commentary - Archive 2008

May 22, 2008

Professor of PPS and law Joel L. Fleishman has received the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award from the American Bar Association.

May 16, 2008

Wise elder William Raspberry, Knight Professor of the Practice with the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy and former Washington Post editor, retires from teaching.

May 14, 2008

Undergraduates, MPPs and PIDPs were honored at Public Policy Department graduation ceremonies May 10, 2008.

April 29, 2008

James W. Vaupel, research professor at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, is one of two Duke University professors elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences,the academy announced Monday.

The academy ( is an honorary society and independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Its elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business and public affairs.

April 25, 2008

James W. Vaupel, research professor at the Sanford Institute and director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, was named the 2008 recipient of the Mindel C. Sheps Award for his contributions to the methodological foundations of demography. The Sheps award, given biennially for outstanding contributions to mathematical demography, was presented to Vaupel on April 18 in New Orleans by the Population Association of America and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

April 2, 2008

Thanks to $3.7 million in new gifts and pledges received during the latter half of 2007-including a scholarship named in honor of Director Bruce Kuniholm-the effort to transform the Terry Sanford Institute into a new School of Public Policy has raised nearly $19.5 million.

April 1, 2008

U.S. News and World Report released its 2008 public policy graduate programs rankings on March 28 and once again, the Sanford Institute of Public Policy’s graduate programs were ranked in the top ten.

March 25, 2008

Duke University public policy and political science scholars Peter D. Feaver and Bruce W. Jentleson will join experts from top levels of the military, intelligence, diplomatic, legal and academic communities to discuss how best to shape U.S. foreign policy for the continuing war on terrorism. The April 10-11, 2008 conference, “Combating Terrorism: Charting the Course for a New Administration,” provides a forum for discussion of a range of security issues, including the “extraordinary rendition” of alleged terrorists and domestic spying.

March 21, 2008

Gunther Peck, the Fred W. Shaffer Associate Professor of History and Public Policy, comments on the Clinton campaign’s deliberate use of the Southern strategy, pioneered by Republicans who exploited racial tensions to draw voters to their candidates.