News - Archive 2011

December 20, 2011

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairs of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, will speak in Page Auditorium at Duke University on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:30 pm.


December 16, 2011

UPDATED Feb. 8, 2012: William A. Darity’s Samuel Z. Westerfield Address, “From Here to Full Employment” given Jan. 7, 2012 in Chicago. (PDF)

Duke Professor William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr. has been named as the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award recipient for 2012 by the National Economic Association (NEA).

December 14, 2011

Anna Gassman-Pines, assistant professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and a faculty fellow of Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy, was selected as the first recipient of the Victoria S. Levin Award for Early Career Success in Young Children’s Mental Health Research.

November 29, 2011

Former U.S. commerce department official Raymond Vickery will discuss U.S.-India economic relations at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, Dec. 8.

The 5 p.m. event in Sanford 04 is free and open to the public. Vickery’s talk will be followed by a book signing.

November 16, 2011

At The Legal Aid Society in New York City, interns are not sitting behind a desk or stuck in a cubicle. Instead, students like Duke senior Chris Donati get to take a truly hands-on approach to providing assistance with legal services to impoverished New Yorkers.

In his internship experience, Donati was offered the opportunity to take a variety of legal and investigative classes on rules of evidence, discovery, investigations, and ethics, as well as shadow investigators out in the field and often, on the crime scene. 

November 16, 2011

The Duke Cookstove Initiative, a cross-campus collaboration between social scientists, biomedical researchers and environmental scientists, has undertaken the study of improved cookstove adoption and use in less developed countries.

November 4, 2011

Dan Forti PPS’12 is originally from New York City, but for the past few years, he has focused his policy sights on African issues and politics. His interest in the region grew out of a summer volunteer program in Tanzania and a Sanford class he took on conflict analysis in Africa.

November 4, 2011

For Sam Rauschenberg MPP’12, applying to the Sanford Board Leadership Initiative (SBLI) was a no-brainer. Having previously taught in Louisiana’s Recovery School District in New Orleans, he had often interacted with educational nonprofits and seen the difference these organizations could make in educational outcomes for high-risk populations.

October 21, 2011

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told an overflow crowd Thursday at the Sanford School of Public Policy that the country's immigration law is badly in need of reform to deal with the 10 million illegal immigrants now in the country.

October 12, 2011

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will speak at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, Oct. 20.

The 5:30 p.m. event in Sanford’s Fleishman Commons is free and open to the public, and is part of the school’s Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture series, which brings notable leaders to speak on Duke’s campus.  

The event will also be streamed live on Duke’s Ustream channel,

October 6, 2011

The Spencer Foundation Award recognizes noteworthy contributions through research and analysis in the field of education policy and management.  

September 26, 2011

Timothy G. Massad, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s assistant secretary for financial stability, will address the state of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) on Oct. 3 at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

The presentation, free and open to the public, will run from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. at Fuqua’s Geneen Auditorium.

September 12, 2011

The Sanford School of Public Policy participated in several events in the multi-campus series "Reflecting on the Tenth Anniversary of September 11, 2011."  Links to coverage of selected events are included below

On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Sanford School events were:

September 12, 2011

Four panels of Duke University faculty members gathered at the Bryan Center Sept. 9 to consider how America has changed as a result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

September 2, 2011

A conference marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will be held Sept. 8, 9 and 12 at Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The "9/11: 10 Years Later" conference is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required. To register, visit

September 2, 2011

An exhibit of 20 self-portraits of Muslims in North Carolina and Bahrain by photographer Todd Drake will open Thursday, Sept. 8, at 4:45 p.m. with a reception and artist’s talk on the first floor of Rubenstein Hall at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

September 1, 2011

When Associate Professor Donald H. Taylor Jr. decided to write a book about the federal budget crisis, he was faced with a problem: He wanted his text to influence the current debate, but publishing an academic text might take months at best.

August 26, 2011

The Sanford School added six new positions to its core faculty this year. The new faculty bring a mix of scholarship and real-world experience in policymaking positions that strengthen the school’s substantive expertise in  several policy areas.  

August 22, 2011

Bruce Kuniholm, the founding dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, will step down at the end of this academic year, Provost Peter Lange announced Monday.

During his tenure, Kuniholm successfully led the transition of Sanford from an institute to a school and the doubling of the public policy faculty.

July 26, 2011

Naima von Ritter Figueres PPS’11 traveled to Guatemala to explore ways to help local women adopt environmentally sustainable cooking stoves.

July 11, 2011

A large-scale evaluation of an innovative health care program in the Indian state of Bihar has been awarded a $3 million grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Bihar Evaluation of Social Franchising and Telemedicine (BEST) study will be led by Manoj Mohanan, an assistant professor of public policy and global health at Duke University.

June 16, 2011

Many in the U.S. followed the news unfolding in Japan when an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident struck the country’s northern region in March, but two members of the Duke community watched especially closely.

Takaaki Iwabu and Tatsuo Nakajima—Japanese journalists and Media Fellows with the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy—recently described what it was like to follow the tragic events taking place in their home country from thousands of miles away.

June 16, 2011

Since the early 1970s, the Media Fellows Program has brought media professionals from the United States and around the world to Duke to study for a month, a semester or an academic year. To date, more than 500 journalists have participated from as near as Washington, D.C., to as far as Beijing and Moscow.

As technology and globalization dramatically reshape the mandates and methods of communications and media organizations, the Media Fellows Program provides journalists a chance to take time away from the 24-hour news cycle and explore issues of media practice and policy.

May 17, 2011

A record number of undergraduates–182–received diplomas at the Sanford School of Public Policy’s graduation ceremonies on May 14.

Among the class of 2011 were 26 students who completed honors thesis research and graduated with distinction, exceeding last year’s record of 21 honors graduates. The school’s graduation events also recognized 43 Master of Public Policy graduates and 35 Master of International Development Policy graduates from 21 countries.

MPP and MIDP graduates 2011

May 9, 2011

Danielle Potter PPS ’11 didn’t think her research project in Los Angeles would have much in common with her semester abroad in South Africa, where she conducted surveys in townships that lacked the infrastructure to supply basic needs. But the two places had more in common than she had imagined.

“I saw the same Third World conditions in L.A. as in South Africa,” she said. “They didn’t have clean water either. Sometimes the water came out red from the taps.”

May 5, 2011

The future of al Qaeda, U.S. relations with Pakistan, the conflict in Afghanistan and other issues arising from the death of Osama bin Laden were addressed during a panel discussion Wednesday at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. 

A trio of Sanford professors with security and foreign policy expertise addressed “Now What? Counterterrorism and American National Security in a Post-Bin Laden World.”

April 27, 2011

Professor Helen F. Ladd has been elected to the National Academy of Education. Ladd, the Edgar Thompson Professor of Public Policy, will be inducted into the prestigious society with ten other new members at the NAED’s annual meeting at George Washington University in October.

April 15, 2011

Associate Professor Anirudh Krishna was inspired by his research into poverty to mentor students in India who promised to mentor others in return.

April 11, 2011

Phil Bennett will continue to teach at Sanford while working at the PBS show Frontline.

March 30, 2011

This day-long conference explores the world's closest energy relationship.

March 25, 2011

A new study by Duke researchers, led by Associate Professor for Public Policy Kathryn Whetten calls for more services for orphans.

March 25, 2011

Project Bright Idea, based on research by Prof. William "Sandy" Darity, trains teachers to teach as if all their studies were gifted.

March 17, 2011

North Carolina third-graders in counties had received more funding for Smart Start and More at Four have higher standardized reading and math scores and lower special education placement rates.

March 15, 2011

Award-winning documentary photographer Alex Harris will discuss his exhibition, “After the Storm: Post-Katrina Photographs” on March 23 at 5:30 p.m.

March 4, 2011

William Pizer, a top U.S. Treasury Department official whose departure from the Obama Administration was announced earlier this week, will join the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University to help design and lead an initiative in energy and the environment. He will begin teaching in the fall.

Pizer also was appointed a faculty fellow in the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, a nonpartisan institute at Duke that focuses on finding solutions to some of the nation's most pressing environmental challenges.

February 25, 2011

“I’m interested in the word ‘good,’ ” said Howard Gardner, Harvard professor and recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant. But in studies, Gardner has learned there are important differences in how the word is used in public conversations.

February 24, 2011

A panel that includes New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner and prominent Turkish columnist Semih İdiz will discuss "Turkey, Israel and the Greater Middle East" on Tuesday, March 1, at Duke University.

February 16, 2011

Deputy Secretary James Steinberg will talk about foreign affairs in the Fleishman Commons.

February 8, 2011

Harvard Professor Howard Gardner, creator of the theory of multiple intelligences, gives the Crown Lecture in Ethics on the findings of his GoodWork project.

February 4, 2011

Sheila Bair, chair if the FDIC, will discuss new financial reforms and regulations as part of a panel that includes Sanford Dean Bruce Kuniholm.

January 27, 2011

In this news tip for media, David Schanzer, associate professor of public policy, says good riddance to the terrorism color-coded warning system.

January 14, 2011

Nan Keohane returns to Duke to discuss her new book and ideas about leadership with Kristin Goss, assistant professor of public policy, and Mike Lefevre (PPS ’11), president of Duke Student Government. Book-signing and reception to follow.

January 14, 2011

Sanford School and Duke professor of economics, began her one-year term as president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management on Jan. 1. She discusses growth and change in the professional organization and in the field of public policy.

January 14, 2011

In a public lecture at the Sanford School in Jan. 25, “Hitting the Reset Button on Energy Policy: A Proposal for Post-Partisan Power,” three authors from different think tanks will discuss new policy approaches to developing cheap, clean energy.