News - Archive 2012

December 4, 2012

Three Sanford undergraduate students have been selected to take part in the Duke Global Health Institute's student research training program next summer. Fourteen other students will also be developing and carrying out their own projects in the program.

The students are Rachael Clark, '15, who will train in Tanzania,  Sejal Lahoti, '15, who will be in Uganda, and Erin Leyson, '15, who will train in North Carolina.  All three are working toward earning the Global Health certificate.

December 4, 2012

When we talk about strengthening health care systems in developing countries, we often mean building hospitals, hiring more staff or stocking up on medications. But one topic has been noticeably missing: the quality of doctors and nurses.

November 29, 2012

A new program brings together Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the Indian Institute of Management in Udaipur, India (IIMU), in a collaborative research and educational effort that aims to help transform the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

The project will match faculty researchers from both institutions with Indian nonprofit organizations that not only can provide valuable logistical support for faculty research projects in India, but also can act on the findings.

November 29, 2012

Two mid-career officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation began classes this fall as the first students in the new Counterterrorism and National Security Fellows Program at the Sanford School. The program is designed to give mid-career military and national security officials a deeper understanding of the policy-making process, broaden their communication and problem-solving skills and deepen their understanding of other cultures.

November 28, 2012

Early life experiences shape the academic paths of many professors, but few find their research as directly connected to their roots as Jay A. Pearson, assistant professor at the Sanford School. Disparities across cultural groups and consequences of ethnic identity formation are not only the focus of Pearson’s research; he has experienced them firsthand.

November 28, 2012

New Professor Uses Cell Phones to Gather Data on Teen Stressors

November 20, 2012

The initial response to Hurricane Sandy has, necessarily, focused on immediate needs, such as restoring power, providing shelter and trucking in fuel to the area. However, after the most pressing problems are resolved and communities begin the long task of rebuilding, public health officials should make it a priority to assist some of the most vulnerable members of these communities — pregnant women and their unborn babies.

November 19, 2012

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will discuss national security issues at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, Nov. 29.

As part of the Von der Heyden Fellows Program Endowed Lecture Series, Carter will talk about national security challenges and issues such as the upcoming budget sequestration cuts, with Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy at Duke. 

November 19, 2012

The 2012 presidential election was the year for Twitter and data mining, which both changed the way candidates ran campaigns and how the campaigns were covered in the media.

Speakers at the annual John Fisher Zeidman Memorial Colloquium on Politics and the Press Saturday said Twitter in particular increased voter's access to campaigns and expanded the range of opinions about the candidates.

November 13, 2012

A panel of national political journalists from broadcast, print and online media will gather on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Sanford School of Public Policy to evaluate media coverage of the 2012 elections.

The event begins at 1 p.m. in Fleishman Commons, and is free and open to the public.

Duke’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy will host the event, titled the 2012 John Fisher Zeidman Memorial Colloquium on Politics and the Press.

Panelists are:

November 9, 2012

Ambassador James A. Joseph received the Distinguished Leadership Award at the 2012 International Leadership Association (ILA) conference in October.  The ILA is the global network for practitioners, scholars and educators who practice, study and teach leadership.  

November 6, 2012

When the voting is over, the analysis and post-mortems begin. Here is a round-up of events on campus and at Sanford looking back at the 2012 election.

November 2, 2012

Andrei Santalo PPS'13 spoke with Sanford Communications Office Assistant Melissa Yeo PPS '13 about his experiences at Duke and as a public policy major. Santalo is President of the Public Policy Majors Union and an ex-officio member of the Sanford Board of Visitors.

November 1, 2012

The Sanford School has appointed six faculty to new positions this academic year. Two are new to Duke University, Candice Odgers and Jay A. Pearson and four have new positions with the school, Kip Frey, Pope "Mac" McCorkle, Timothy Profeta and Elizabeth Richardson Vigdor.

October 26, 2012

In this presidential campaign season, “Our biggest national security threat is the status of our children,” Marian Wright Edelman said on Thursday. With 16.4 million poor children, the U.S. child poverty rate is the highest in the developed world. 

October 24, 2012

A Bangladeshi student apparently “inspired by al-Qa’ida,” was arrested last week by the FBI for planning to set off a bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. “It is disturbing, but not surprising, that there continues to be a supply of these radicalized individuals around the world who have a strong desire to kill Americans,” said Duke University Associate Professor of the Practice of Public Policy David Schanzer.

October 23, 2012

Two experts who lead responses to water supply and sanitation problems in Africa will speak at Duke University on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Duke alumnus Bai-Mass Taal, the executive secretary of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), and Spera Atuhairwe, head of program effectiveness at WaterAid, Uganda, will speak at 5:30 p.m. in room 05 of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

October 22, 2012



The talk, in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Fleishman Commons, is free and open to the public.
Huntsman will discuss with public policy professor Philip Bennett the domestic policy challenges facing the next administration.


October 12, 2012

Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, will discuss the effects of poverty on children and possible policy solutions at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, Oct. 25.

The event in Fleishman Commons is free and open to the public.

Edelman will deliver the 2012 Crown Lecture in Ethics, “Getting Everyone on Board: Our Obligation to Children in Poverty,” beginning at 5:30 p.m. Currently, more than 16.1 children live in poverty in the United States.

October 11, 2012

Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the PBS documentary program FRONTLINE are continuing their innovative collaboration with a new project that brings to light fresh perspectives on this year’s presidential candidates.

In conjunction with “The Choice 2012,” a FRONTLINE documentary that aired Tuesday, Oct. 9, the project archives eight hours of interviews from the documentary online, providing digital access to extensive conversations with figures who have influenced the lives and policy decisions of President Barack Obama and Republican hopeful Mitt Romney.

October 1, 2012

Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and former chair of the Democratic National Committee, will square off in a foreign policy debate with veteran Republican adviser Karl Rove at Duke University’s Page Auditorium Oct. 22.

Dean replaces Robert Gibbs, a senior adviser of Obama’s since his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, who is unable to attend.

The debate, presented by the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lectureship, will address “What’s at Stake for America’s Global Role in the 2012 Election” and will be moderated by Duke professor Peter Feaver.

September 28, 2012

“The Pentagon changed fundamentally when we became a nation at war,” said former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy Thursday night during a discussion at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

A visiting fellow of the Von Der Heyden Fellows Program, Flournoy spoke with Peter Feaver, professor of public policy and political science, about her work at the Department of Defense, the future of U.S. foreign policy and the ongoing presidential campaign.

September 25, 2012

Michele Flournoy, the former under secretary of defense for policy, will speak at the Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

Flournoy will discuss "American Grand Strategy in a Time of Fiscal Constraint" with Duke professor Peter Feaver. She is a visiting fellow of the Von Der Heyden Fellows Program and will meet with various student and faculty groups on the Duke campus.

September 24, 2012

For Helen "Sunny" Ladd receiving the 2012 University Scholar/Teacher Award is true validation of one of her goals for an academic career.

September 11, 2012

The U.S.-China relationship is between the two biggest actors on the world stage today, “a marriage where divorce is not an option,” Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said Monday night during a talk in Page Auditorium at Duke University.

August 31, 2012

Doctors who participated in Duke University’s innovative “Documenting Medicine” program will present and discuss their work on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. The 5:30 p.m. presentation in Room 153 of Rubenstein Hall is free and open to the public.

August 31, 2012

Two professor who teach at the Sanford School present very different views about the foreign policy aspects of the 2012 presidential election and of the candidates in essays published by Foreign Policy magazine. 

August 27, 2012

Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., diplomat, businessman and twice-elected Republican governor of Utah, will deliver a two-part talk at Duke University this fall.

Huntsman's first Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture, “America 2012: Challenges and Opportunities,” will focus on foreign affairs. The talk takes place Monday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in Page Auditorium on Duke's West Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

July 24, 2012

Noah Pickus has been reappointed to a second five-year term as the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics (KIE) at Duke, Provost Peter Lange announced Tuesday.

The Kenan Institute for Ethics is a university-wide initiative committed to understanding and addressing ethical challenges facing individuals, organizations and societies worldwide. Its mission is to promote moral reflection and commitment, conduct interdisciplinary research, and shape policy and practice.

July 17, 2012

William Raspberry, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post who taught for 13 years at Duke, died on Tuesday. He was 76.

As the Knight Professor of the practice of public policy and journalism at Duke from 1995 to 2008, Raspberry commuted weekly from Washington, D.C., to the Duke campus to teach on subjects that included social policy and politics as well as journalism.

June 19, 2012

Paul M. Gross  The Energy Initiative is building on Duke’s existing strengths in teaching, research and outreach. Undergraduates can earn a Certificate in Energy and the Environment. The environment and business schools offer master’s degree programs with a focus in energy, and a Sanford program is under consideration. Duke also offers the first PhD program in the world jointly coordinated by a school of the environment and a school of public policy.

June 18, 2012

In the spring of 2003, Hal Brands watched the first  accounts of the Iraq War trickle in from the battlefield as reporters embedded with U.S. military divisions recorded the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime.Now Brands, along with a team of other researchers, has helped to make thousands of internal Iraqi documents and transcripts   captured by coalition forces during the ground invasion available to scholars.


June 18, 2012

Why do some countries invite election monitoring organizations, when candidates clearly intend to cheat? Are foreign election monitors accurate and objective? Most important, do they improve the quality of elections?

June 14, 2012

Sarah Cohen, founding director of The Reporters’ Lab at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, will leave Duke in July to join the computer assisted reporting team at The New York Times.

Cohen will remain involved in the lab and the school will conduct a search to replace the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy. Cohen joined the faculty in that role in 2009.

June 13, 2012

The health of a caregiver is the most important predictor of orphan health, according to a new Duke University study that spans five less-wealthy nations in Africa and Asia.

More important than an orphan’s geographic location, living conditions or past trauma, the Duke study finds that an unhealthy caregiver likely means an unhealthy child.

The findings prompt Duke researchers to call for international orphan policies to place greater attention on assessing and treating an orphan and his caregiver's health together, rather than focusing solely on children’s health.

June 8, 2012

Sweeping changes in the Middle East, such as the reduction of terrorism, the end of the Iraq war and the Arab Spring, call for a new U.S. strategy for the region, argues Sanford Professor Bruce Jentleson in a newly released report. The report, Strategic Adaptation: Toward a New U.S. Strategy in the Middle East by Jentleson, Andrew M. Exum, Melissa G. Dalton and J. Dana Stuster, outlines a framework for new policy approaches.

May 17, 2012

Is there solid evidence that the average temperature on Earth has been getting warmer? In 2006, 77 percent of Americans polled by the Pew Research Center answered “yes” to that question. By 2009 the percentage had dropped to 57, a huge shift in public opinion. The shift occurred among all political affiliations, but was especially dramatic among Republicans, from 62 to 35 percent.

May 14, 2012

If you saw the Duke Chapel lit up in blue on World Diabetes Day or thousands of Cameron Crazies wearing red ribbons at the Duke-Michigan State game on World Aids Day last winter, you saw the work of Braveen Ragunanthan PPS ’12. These are only two of the projects that earned Ragunanthan the 2012 Terry Sanford Leadership Award.

May 14, 2012

In graduation ceremonies on Saturday the Sanford School of Public Policy congratulated 277 new alumni, including the school’s first PhD graduate. Among the class of 2012 were 165 undergraduates, 63 Master of Public Policy (MPP) graduates and 48 Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) graduates from 23 countries.

May 10, 2012

Five Sanford professors have been recognized for their excellence in teaching and academic research.

April 25, 2012

Lauren Hendricks PPS ’12 arrived at Duke from South Carolina eager to take advantage of opportunities to broaden her worldview. Outgoing president of the PPS Majors Union and ex-officio member of the Sanford Board of Visitors, Hendricks will head to Mongolia in August as a Fulbright scholar. She talked about her experiences with Communications Assistant Hyejin Sul.

April 24, 2012

Senior economics and public policy student David Deng spent this past fall semester visiting Durham homes and conducting an in-depth research project to gauge access to private social safety net services.

April 24, 2012

A collaboration between Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the PBS documentary program FRONTLINE will bring to the public full-length interviews with federal officials and industry leaders involved in the U.S. financial crisis.

The videos were produced for FRONTLINE’s four-hour investigation “Money, Power and Wall Street,” airing in two parts on April 24 and May 1.Eight videos, more than seven hours in total, will be available on a new website.

April 18, 2012

 “I should have seen it coming,” public policy senior Dan Forti said.

But when Forti decided to study abroad in Durban, South Africa, he didn’t anticipate it would lead not only to an internship and his senior honors thesis, but that Durban would become his new home after graduation.

April 17, 2012

Nondemocratic governments pose a greater threat to sustainable peace than nuclear weapons, according to Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, who spoke Monday at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.

During negotiations on the Iran's uranium enrichment program, the United States should seek to hold Iran accountable for its human rights record, she said.

April 17, 2012

The summer before she started at Duke, Rebecca Ward was in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics thwarting fencing competitors with cool competence.

Ward came to Duke having won two Olympic bronze medals and a gold medal from the 2006 World Fencing Championships. As a college athlete, she set records for Duke’s single-season (81) and career wins (272) on the way to winning three NCAA Women’s Saber Championships.

April 13, 2012

Duke University senior Michael Bernert has been selected as the first recipient of an award designed to support student social entrepreneurship.

April 11, 2012

"Three great shocks" are shaking up the assumptions of the international system, affecting the ability of the United States to impress its vision upon the system, said former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Tuesday night in Page Auditorium.

April 10, 2012

A veteran environmental reporter, Mark Hertsgaard has covered climate change for outlets ranging from The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Time for over 20 years, will speak at Duke University’s Sanford Commons at 12 noon on Friday, April 13.

April 10, 2012


Editor’s note: Attend an information session on Sept. 11, 2012, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford Building. Lunch will be served. Applications for the Duke in DC-Public Policy program are due Oct. 1, 2012. Apply online.

March 29, 2012

Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Iranian human rights activist, with give the Crown Lecture in Ethics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.  The event will be in the Fleishman Commons at 5:30 pm on April 16, 2012.

March 27, 2012

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak in Duke University's Page Auditorium on Tuesday, April 10. Rice will deliver the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

March 26, 2012

In the spring of 2007, lawyer and businessman Michael Sorrell MPP'90/JD’94 was named interim president of Paul Quinn College, a historically black college (HBCU) in Dallas on the verge of collapse. It had mounting debts, crumbling buildings, falling enrollment and was threatened with losing accreditation.

March 16, 2012

Tea Party members are mostly over 50, fearful of the demographic changes occurring in America and resentful of government benefits received by people they see as undeserving, according to authors of a new book on the influential political movement.

March 14, 2012

Television producer Rome Hartman calls on viewers to reach beyond their comfort zone: "Does retweeting it or clicking on the 'Like' button constitute meaningful action?" 

March 13, 2012

Refugees and asylum seekers are the focus of a photo exhibition and panel discussion at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.On Wednesday, March 21, a panel discussion on refugee issues will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 153 of Sanford’s Rubenstein Hall.

March 8, 2012

Two experts in health care economics will debate ways to control health care costs at a March 14 event at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

The talk, “What’s the Best Way to Provide Americans Affordable, High-Quality Health Care?” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Sanford’s Fleishman Commons. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Bryan Center parking garage.

March 8, 2012

Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson, authors of “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism,” will discuss the impact and future of the movement at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy on March 15, at 4:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, and parking is available at the Bryan Center parking garage. The authors will sign books at a reception following their talk in the Fleishman Commons at Sanford.

February 29, 2012

Voting behavior cannot be predicted by one or two genes as previous researchers have claimed, according to Evan Charney, a Duke University professor of public policy and political science.

February 28, 2012

Grace Zhou is a junior public policy major and Global Health Certificate student from Cleveland, Ohio.  In fall of 2010, Grace and a fellow Duke student, Alexandra MacLeish, founded an organization that works in Durham to inspire positive social behaviors through play.

February 21, 2012

Tony Brown, a professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, has been honored for his course “Social Entrepreneurship in Action,” which has been the launching pad for a number of ongoing on-campus and off-campus organizations over the last 12 years.

February 21, 2012

Andrew S. Rosen, chairman and CEO of Kaplan Inc., and Jennifer Haygood, CFO for the N.C. Community College System, will discuss the future of higher education in a panel discussion at noon on Friday, Feb. 24, at Duke University.

The talk, held in Room 153, Rubenstein Hall, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and a light lunch will be served to those who RSVP to

January 31, 2012

(Republished with permission from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research)

January 19, 2012

Facts, figures and wise cracks were tossed around the stage in equal measure Wednesday night, but Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson made it clear the federal budget and congressional gridlock are no laughing matters.