News & Commentary - Archive 2011

November 5, 2011

Dozens of studies in the past few years have linked single genes to whether a person is liberal or conservative, has a strong party affiliation or is likely to vote regularly. The discipline of “genopolitics” has grabbed headlines as a result, but is the claim that a few genes influence political views and actions legitimate?

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.

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.

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 19, 2011

President Obama is racing around the country urging Americans to support his jobs bill. Yet even if Republicans agreed to everything he wants and the economy quickly bounced back, millions of Americans would still face a grim future.

The Census Bureau reported last week that more Americans are living in poverty than at any time in the past 50 years. Median household incomes have fallen to where they were 14 years ago, prompting talk of a "lost decade."

September 15, 2011

How can America reset the public-private interaction?

In our first column, we Bi-Sectoralists laid out five principles for the public and private sectors to improve internally & work better together for the public good. Better dialogue and better results are crucial if America is to be successful in its economic and political revitalization both at home and abroad. In today's column, we flesh these principles out and suggest ways to reset public-private interaction.

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: