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October 2, 2014

The most successful universities connect civic engagement to community building and view communities as assets to be identified, leveraged and developed, Earl Lewis said Monday at the Duke University’s third annual Civic Engagement Distinguished Lecture.

September 4, 2014

Two leading counterterrorism experts from the Bush and Obama administrations will discuss the terrorist threats facing the nation on Sept. 10 at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

September 4, 2014

The Trinity College of Arts and Sciences has launched a new initiative focused on the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of uneven and inequitable access to resources, opportunity and capabilities, said Trinity College Dean Laurie Patton.

August 15, 2014

Mass layoffs may trigger increased suicide attempts and other suicide-related behaviors among some teenagers, says new research from Duke University.

August 13, 2014

“Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime,” says the proverb.  Through his nonprofit, Fishing for Families in Need, Lucas Metropulos PPS’15 not only found a way to help kids and families, but the environment too.

July 15, 2014

In the U.S., couples with daughters are somewhat more likely to divorce than couples with sons. Many scholars have read those numbers as evidence that daughters cause divorce. But new research from Duke University suggests something quite different may be at play: Girls may be hardier than boys, even in the womb, and may be better able to survive pregnancies stressed by a troubled marriage.

July 8, 2014

It is well documented that children with obese parents are at greater risk for obesity. In a new study, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Cornell University, and Duke University looked at how different kinds of family associations affect obesity, specifically how sibling relationships affect a child’s weight. They not only found a correlation between parents and child, but also discovered a link between having an obese sibling and a child’s obesity risk, after adjusting for the parent-child relationship.

July 2, 2014

If unwed parents are going to get married, the best window of opportunity for that union seems to be before their child turns 3, says a new study from Duke University.

June 26, 2014

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has given Sanford School of Public Policy Assistant Professor Nick Carnes two awards for his book, White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making.

June 25, 2014

A report on gun violence released today by the office of Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL.) draws heavily upon the research of Sanford School of Public Policy professors Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss.

May 16, 2014

Duke Professor William A. "Sandy" Darity, Jr and Darrick Hamilton of The New School gave policymakers a lesson on wealth inequality among minority communities Wednesday during a live conference call. Darity and Hamilton are two of five co-authors of "Beyond Broke: Why Closing the Racial Wealth Gap is a Priority for National Economic Security" recently released by the Center for Global Policy Solutions.

May 13, 2014

The Sanford School of Public Policy graduation ceremonies on May 10 recognized the 40th class of public policy majors at Duke. In 1974, the school was called the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs and its first class numbered seven graduates. This year, 189 students received diplomas and 29, a record number, completed an honors thesis to graduate with distinction.

May 7, 2014

COL Ronald Clark, Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellow at the Sanford School, is researching reasons for the dearth of African American senior officers in the U.S. Army Infantry and Armor branches. Calling the imbalance a “tyranny in numbers,” Clark hopes his research can lead to significant reforms.

May 6, 2014

A day-long symposium on “John Henryism and Social Inequality” will be held Tuesday, May 13 at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

May 1, 2014

"I knew that I wanted to learn more about the juvenile justice system, and my thought process was that this was such a complex issue and I had no idea where to start," said Paddock. "So I actually approached the head of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) in Durham and said, 'If you could put a researcher for free on any question that you guys want to know about right now, what would it be?'" 

April 22, 2014

Public policy major Dominique Beaudry is one of two Duke juniors selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar. With Truman funding, she plans to pursue dual master's degrees in public policy studies and education at Stanford University after completing her undergraduate degree.

April 22, 2014

Patrick Oathout has explored many areas of interest at Duke: he is a public policy and philosophy double major and art history minor, he has taught English to Libyan, Iraqi and Syrian refugees, he was student body vice president, and he wrote weekly columns on leadership, politics and international affairs for the Duke Chronicle, to name just a few.

April 21, 2014

Tana Johnson, assistant professor of public policy and political science, contributed to Global Governance 2022 in 2012 and 2013. GG2022 was organized by a consortium including universities, the Robert Bosch Foundation and think tanks such as the Brookings Institution. Young professionals in government, academia, nonprofits and the private sector were selected to use scenario-planning methods to envision how global energy structures might look in 10 years.

April 21, 2014

Senior public policy major Will Woodhouse has contributed to published research, traveled to Amsterdam and Geneva and gained valuable perspectives on his future profession – all through a two-year partnership with Sanford Professor of the Practice Anthony So.

April 17, 2014

This week, President Richard H. Brodhead honored five Duke employees with the Presidential Award for outstanding service in 2013. A Presidential Award is one of the highest honors given to Duke faculty and staff and recognizes employees from five work categories who have made distinctive contributions to the university or health system.

April 10, 2014

The career of Sherman James, Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy, who will retire in June, exemplifies the interdisciplinary scholarship that the Sanford School prizes and nurtures. A psychologist who has worked in departments of medicine and epidemiology, who founded a research center on health and culture, and whose work on health disparities led to his creation of the “John Henryism Hypothesis,” James has worked in many disciplines.

April 9, 2014

Tunisian journalist and activist Olfa Riahi will donate a signed copy of the new constitution of Tunisia and several books on Tunisian history, politics and revolution to the Duke University Libraries.

April 9, 2014

Tommy Sowers, assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will join the faculty of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy this summer. Sowers has received a one-year appointment as a visiting assistant professor of the practice and assistant director of the school’s Hart Leadership Program.

April 7, 2014

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno will discuss national security and military affairs Friday, April 11, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The talk takes place at 11:30 a.m. in Sanford 04 and is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Science Drive lot  and Bryan Center parking deck.

April 4, 2014

Several Sanford faculty members have received recognition for their work this spring.

Within the university, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences recognizes instructors for high quality of teaching in undergraduate courses. For the fall 2013 semester, five Sanford faculty were among the top 5 percent of all undergraduate instructors in the categories of “quality of course” or “intellectual stimulation.” They are Catherine Admay, Elizabeth Ananat, Evan Charney, Kip Frey and David Schanzer.

April 2, 2014

“Cities are where things get done in America,” according to San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. He spoke Tuesday at Sanford School of Public Policy about his path to political leadership, his career in public service and his vision for the city as the fourth speaker in the Hart Leadership Program’s Connect2Politics series. The series focuses on the contributions being made by young politicians.

April 1, 2014

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway PPS ’91 will speak at the Sanford School on Wednesday, April 2.  His talk, “Civil Rights in the 21st Century: Law and Social Change,” will be in the Rhodes Conference Room at 4:30 p.m.

March 28, 2014

A conference April 3-5 at Duke University will compare the experiences of African Americans with those of Dalits, formerly known as untouchables, and other tribal groups in India. The conference, “Subaltern Peoples: Comparative Experience of African Americans, Dalits & Tribals,” takes place all three days in Room 115 of the Friedl Building on the university’s East Campus.


March 27, 2014

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will discuss public service on Tuesday, April 1, at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.

The talk at 5:30 p.m. in the Fleishman Commons is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a Q-and-A with the mayor. Parking is available in Bryan Center parking deck.

March 24, 2014

Four Duke graduates arrived in Jordan and Turkey on Feb. 1 as the first participants in the newly created J. Kirk Felsman Program on Children in Adversity. The Felsman Fellows are focused on Syrian refugee girls’ education and are working in urban and refugee camp settings with Save the Children in Amman, Jordan, and a local NGO, YUVA, in Turkey.

March 21, 2014

Ta-Nehisi Coates was in Paris last summer while the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin was under way. When the not-guilty verdict was delivered, “I was happy not to be in America at that moment,” said Coates.

March 21, 2014

Although markets for trading carbon emission credits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have stalled in U.S. federal policy-making, carbon markets are emerging at the state level and around the world, teaching us more about what does and doesn’t work.

March 12, 2014

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, will discuss inequality in America during a talk Thursday, March 20, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

March 7, 2014

The former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said it's time for the United States to reduce its presence in the country but added there are important reasons why a small military force will be needed for some time to come.

February 25, 2014

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry will speak on Thursday, March 6, at Duke University about his experiences in Afghanistan and the future of the country following the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

February 20, 2014

Joel Kaplan discussed his former role as deputy chief of staff of policy under President Bush and his current position as vice president of US Public Policy for Facebook at the Sanford School.

February 19, 2014

Two Sanford School of Public Policy graduate students made it easy for their peers to get involved with immigration reform on Wednesday with a one-hour campaign they dubbed “Call Congress for a Cookie.”

February 18, 2014

Maya Ajmera, who founded the nonprofit Global Fund for Children while a graduate student at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, has been appointed the university’s first social entrepreneur in residence.

February 10, 2014

Sixteen Muslim-Americans were charged with violent terrorism offenses in 2013, including Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his deceased brother, Tamerlan, according to a new report by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security affiliated with Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International.

January 27, 2014

CANCELLED: Mayor Pete Buttigieg talk on Jan. 28 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Four politicians under 40 will speak at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy this spring in the Connect2Politics speaker series, part of an initiative of school’s Hart Leadership Program.

January 8, 2014

Four Duke faculty members were ranked among the most influential scholars in the nation’s dialogue on education in a list released by Education Week on Jan. 8. Three Sanford School of Public Policy professors, Helen Ladd, Charles Clotfelter and Jacob Vigdor, were in the top 75 on the list of 200.  Peter Arcidiacono, professor of economics, also was included.

December 11, 2013

A prominent program that claims to reduce infant and maternal deaths in rural India by encouraging mothers to deliver in private hospitals has been unsuccessful, despite the investment of more than $25 million since 2005, a new Duke University study finds.

The Chiranjeevi Yojana program in Gujarat, a state in northwestern India, received the Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Award in 2006 and has been hailed by some as a model for wide adoption throughout India.

December 4, 2013

“It’s no secret that government in not working in America,” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Tuesday at the Sanford School. Two things are stopping government at the federal and state level from getting things done: partisanship and lack of courage by elected officials, he said.  At the federal level, President Obama has “basically no Republican support on anything,” he said. 

November 13, 2013

Two national security experts from opposite sides of the fence explored divergent views on whether U.S. surveillance tactics should be revealed to the American public during a debate at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Monday.

“The government has secrets and we try to find them out.  We have to be free to write or we don’t have self-government,” Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Barton Gellman said.

October 24, 2013

Two of the leading voices in the national debate over government surveillance programs and press freedoms will square off Nov. 11 at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

October 23, 2013

The Sanford Board of Visitors welcomed eight new members this academic year. They take the place of Paul Braithwaite, Martin W. Morris, Robert J. Pelosky Jr. John Rice Jr. and student representatives, Jessica Isaacs, Thupten Norbu and Andrei Santalo. Thank you to the departing members for their service. The new members are:

October 22, 2013

When it comes to children’s attention problems, the difference between first and second grade is profound, says a new study from Duke University.

October 17, 2013

Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute of Ethics
Growing up, Judith Kelley didn’t come from a privileged background. “In Denmark, that’s all relative,” she says, “because we have a very good social network and so nobody goes hungry or anything like this. We don’t have a lot of inequality, but my family never had a car and my parents didn’t go to high school.”

*Kelley will be moderating a workshop on human trafficking in Spring 2014 as part of the Conversations in Human Rights series.

October 7, 2013

Duke Magazine
New Sanford dean takes stock of nutrition, obesity, and health policy

September 26, 2013

When Bill Adair launched the PolitiFact website at The Tampa Bay Times in 2007, he wanted to provide a different kind of campaign coverage through fact-checking.  With its Truth-O-Meter rating scale, ranging  from “True” to “Pants on Fire” for the  most ridiculous falsehoods, the site became the go-to source for evaluating political promises and claims. The site was such a success that it won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009.   

September 18, 2013

North Carolina’s recent controversial voting law, the effectiveness of the Moral Monday protests and the future of the state’s education funding were among the prominent issues discussed by House Representatives Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), Grier Martin (D-Wake) and Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Tuesday.

All three legislators agreed that Moral Mondays have not resulted in policy change, and have sometimes exacerbated conflicts.

September 13, 2013

“We did something a bit unusual in Washington; we tried to change,” said Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of USAID, during his talk Thursday at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Since his arrival at USAID in 2009, Shah has overseen numerous structural changes within the department while at the same time witnessing global shifts in indicators of social and physical well-being.

September 12, 2013

Former CIA Director Ret. Gen. David Petraeus expressed skepticism about the feasibility of Russia's proposal to have Syria turn over its chemical weapons to an international coalition, but added that in a complicated and dangerous situation, "The Russian gambit is worth a try."

Petraeus, the former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, discussed the Syrian war as well as democracy in the Middle East and the balancing of security and civil liberties during a talk at Duke Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

August 30, 2013

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has awarded Sanford School of Public Policy Assistant Professor Nick Carnes the 2013 Harold D. Lasswell Dissertation Award, the Carl Albert Dissertation Award, and the Sage Award for Best Paper in Comparative Politics.

All three awards were presented to Carnes at the APSA annual conference in Chicago Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in ceremonies held by the respective conference sections. 

August 29, 2013

Ryan Thornburg, associate professor at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will share his expertise with Duke for the 2013-14 academic year, as a mentor to the students of Duke’s independent student news organization, The Chronicle.  Thornburg will help guide The Chronicle’s transition to a digital-first news product. 

“Working with students who see real opportunity in the future of journalism and media generally is one of the greatest privileges of being a professor at UNC and now a visiting lecturer at Duke,” Thornburg said.

August 27, 2013

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will discuss “The Development Innovation Economy” at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, Sept. 12.

The 5:30 p.m. event in the Sanford School of Public Policy's Fleishman Commons on West Campus is free and open to the public. It will include an audience Q & A, followed by a reception. Parking is available in the Science Drive Visitor Lot.

August 22, 2013

Gen. David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army-Ret.), the former CIA director and commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, will speak in Duke University’s Page Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Petraeus will deliver the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture at 6 p.m.

July 30, 2013

When the economy falters and communities lose jobs, teen birth rates fall, at least among black youths,according to a new study from three Sanford School professors.

July 11, 2013

Before Professor Bruce Jentleson found his passion for foreign policy, he had a passion for baseball. He played for his high school team and is still a devoted amateur league softball player. Since coming to Sanford in 2000, he has played on two local teams, one in Durham and one in Chapel Hill. He even made contact with a team in Boston that plays friendship games abroad, but the schedules never seemed to work out.                                                               

May 31, 2013

Sanford School Assistant Professor of Public Policy Nick Carnes has won two awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Carl Albert Dissertation Award for best doctoral dissertation in the area of legislative studies, and the Sage Paper Award for best paper in comparative politics.

May 30, 2013

Jenni Owen, lecturer in public policy at the Sanford School and director of policy initiatives at the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, offered suggestions for implementing the Obama administration’s preschool initiative during a panel discussion on May 29 in Washington, D.C.

May 24, 2013

Were all those standardized tests for nothing?

Sanford School of Public Policy Professor Jacob Vigdor, co-author Thomas Ahn and a panel of education practitioners explored this question Wednesday at an event in Washington, DC, sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute.

May 15, 2013

The Sanford School of Public Policy awarded degrees to 301 graduates on May 11, the largest ever for the school.  The class of 2013 included 203 undergraduates, 55 Master of Public Policy graduates, 38 Master of International Development Policy graduates from 16 countries and five PhD graduates.  Professor Bruce Kuniholm presided over the ceremonies for the last time as the founding dean of the Sanford School.   

April 30, 2013

Duke University trustee David M. Rubenstein is giving $10 million to the Sanford School of Public Policy to endow graduate fellowships and undergraduate internships, and to create a fund that will enhance the school’s engagement with the policy world, President Richard H. Brodhead announced Tuesday.

It is the largest single gift to Sanford and supports priorities of Duke Forward, the $3.25 billion fundraising campaign across Duke's 10 schools, Duke Medicine and a range of university programs.

April 25, 2013

Philip Bennett, the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, has been named director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University. His two-year appointment will begin July 1.

Bennett joined the Sanford School of Public Policy faculty in 2009 after a four-year stint as managing editor of The Washington Post during which he helped lead the newspaper to 10 Pulitzer Prizes.

April 24, 2013

After 23 years at Duke, James T. (Jay) Hamilton will leave at the end of this semester for Stanford University in California, where he will become the Hearst Professor of Communication and direct the school’s graduate program in journalism.

April 20, 2013

With the Friday arrest of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombing investigation has entered a new phase. Yet to be uncovered are the motives of the bombers—the other suspect, Dzhokhar's older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during a gun battle with authorities—and their possible connection to foreign groups that use terrorism to advance political agendas.

April 17, 2013

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson – these place names have become shorthand for the worst mass shootings in the United States.  On Dec. 14, 2012, when 20 first-graders and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, Newtown, Conn., was added to that miserable list.

April 15, 2013

The Republican Party needs to take a hard look at what conservatism stands for, Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said Thursday in a talk at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

April 11, 2013

During her four years at Duke, senior Melissa Yeo has explored media from different angles: snapping photographs for The Chronicle, serving as a research assistant on media-related projects, interning for the Sanford School of Public Policy’s communications office and, finally, writing a thesis analyzing media coverage of the Fukushima disaster.

April 10, 2013

Patrick Oathout and Jacob Tobia, juniors at Duke University, are among 62 students selected this year as Truman Scholars.

Truman Scholars are chosen on the basis of their leadership potential, high academic achievement and a commitment to a career in public service and advocacy sectors.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation received 629 nominations from 293 schools.

April 9, 2013

After 10 years as director of the Duke Center for Genome Ethics, Law and Policy, Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan has stepped aside to focus on research, policy engagement and teaching. He weighs in on the impending U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding patentable genetic matter (in which he co-authored several amicus curiae briefs), the privacy implications of mapped genomes and his role in the new Duke in D.C. program.

April 5, 2013

Bill Adair, creator and editor of PolitiFact, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning website of the Tampa Bay Times, has been appointed the Knight Professor of Computational Journalism at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

April 2, 2013

As the debate over comprehensive immigration reform unfolds in Washington, a new report reveals dramatic changes in immigrant assimilation as a result of the so-called Great Recession. The report, “Measuring Immigrant Assimilation in Post-Recession America,” was authored by Sanford School of Public Policy Professor Jacob Vigdor for the Manhattan Institute.

April 1, 2013

Senior Ian Harwood chose to write an honors thesis as a way to prepare himself to effect social change.

“People that I knew had been sexually assaulted in a college setting, and I thought that was really messed up,” Harwood said. “I was really angry and I wanted to do something about it.”

March 28, 2013

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., diplomat, businessman and twice-elected Republican governor of Utah, will deliver part two of his Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture series, on Thursday, April 11, at 5 p.m. at Duke University.

The talk, “Today’s Changing Political Landscape: Foreign and Domestic,” in Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School of Public Policy is free and open to the public.  A reception in the lobby will follow the talk.

March 21, 2013

“Money talks” has long been a truism in politics, but can ordinary citizen be heard by politicians and hold them accountable for policy? A panel of political scientists and practitioners discussed the question at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Wednesday night.

March 11, 2013

A panel of national- and state-level scholars will discuss political accountability in the 21st century at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Wednesday, March 20.

The panel discussion, “Who Does Government Work For?”, begins at 5:15 p.m. in the Fleishman Commons and is free and open to the public. Five panelists will discuss what factors affect how accountable our political institutions are and who they are accountable to, including mass media and big money.

March 8, 2013

Philip Bennett, the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, will step down from his role as managing editor of FRONTLINE when his contract expires in May, the program announced today.

March 4, 2013

Washington, D.C.—The Nonprofit Media Working Group, a nonpartisan group of foundation and nonprofit media leaders, today recommended that the IRS modernize its rules to remove obstacles in the way of nonprofit news outlets.

The agency’s “antiquated” approach to granting tax-exempt status has undermined the creation of new media models, the group said in its report, “The IRS and Nonprofit Media: Toward Creating a More Informed Public.”

February 18, 2013

The PBS program FRONTLINE earned the George Polk Award for Documentary Television Reporting for “Money, Power and Wall Street,” a four-part investigation into the global financial crisis that aired in 2012, Long Island University announced.

February 14, 2013

Professor Ken Dodge, director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, will host the first meeting of a think tank on assessment measures of learning in grades K-3 sponsored by the NC Department of Public Instruction.  The panel will meet in Rubenstein Hall at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Friday, Feb. 15.

February 13, 2013

Six-term U.S. Senate veteran Richard Lugar used his first speech since leaving office last month to address the nation’s ”out of control” partisanship, criticize Congress for failing basic tests of governing and call on President Obama to sit down with political foes for potentially healing dialogs.

February 8, 2013

Former North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has been named a distinguished visiting fellow at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy for the fall semester, Sanford School Dean Bruce Kuniholm announced Friday.

February 7, 2013

Now that President Obama has put climate change back on the table in his second inaugural address, a new national poll finds growing public support for regulating greenhouse gas emissions and requiring utilities to switch to lower-carbon fuel sources.

February 1, 2013

The number of homegrown terrorism incidents by Muslim-Americans has dropped for the third consecutive year, a study released Friday by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security has found.

Fourteen Muslim-Americans committed or were charged with terrorist crimes in 2012, down from 21 in 2011, 26 in 2010 and 49 in 2009.

February 1, 2013

The flood of money in political campaigns unleashed by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision has had a corrupting influence on both elections and governance, a panel of politicians and activists said Thursday. The event, “Big Money vs. Grassroots Democracy: Empowering Citizens to Take Back Their Government” was part of symposium on the issue taking place at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

January 30, 2013

Former GOP Sen. Richard “Dick” Lugar, who represented Indiana for 36 consecutive years, will discuss the nation’s divisive political climate on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

January 30, 2013

Kelly Brownell, the James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology at Yale University and a leading authority on public policies to enhance nutrition and combat obesity, will become the next dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead and Provost Peter Lange announced Wednesday.

January 29, 2013

Two Democratic congressmen will discuss legislative solutions to the influence of big money in politics on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

“Big Money vs. Grassroots Democracy: Empowering Citizens to Take Back Their Government” will feature U.S. Reps. John Sarbanes, D-Md., and David Price, D-N.C. The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 5 p.m. in the Sanford School’s Fleishman Commons and concludes with questions from the audience. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

January 29, 2013


Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, will explore the Obama administration’s decision to focus U.S. foreign policy more on the Asia-Pacific region during a talk at Duke University.

January 16, 2013

DURHAM, N.C. -- The racial balance in North Carolina’s public schools has remained steady since 2005-06, ending a trend of growing disparity from the previous decade, but students are increasingly separated by income. These are among the findings of a comprehensive report from three Duke University public policy professors who studied whether schools in each of the state’s 100 counties mirror the racial and economic composition of that county as a whole.

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

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 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 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.

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

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 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

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.

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.

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.

December 8, 2010

Through photography and audio recordings, Duke students in a service learning course this semester got to know 11 Durham residents and gained a direct and personal understanding of the complex causes of homelessness.

“Before spending time at the Phoenix House,” junior public policy major John Refling says, “I was able to largely ignore the anonymous faces on the street. This class illustrated that every single person on the street has a story, and it’s probably more complicated than I initially believed.”

December 7, 2010

Four Duke professors gathered at the Sanford School of Public Policy Tuesday to discuss the implications of the latest round of WikiLeaks amid the breaking news of the arrest of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange on charges of sexual assault. The panel attracted a crowd of students, faculty and community members that filled a classroom and an adjacent overflow room.

December 3, 2010

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, “religion has replaced ideology” in international affairs, Georgetown University scholar Shireen Hunter said in a Dec. 1 talk at the Sanford School. Hunter said she finds more peril than promise in the use of Islam as an instrument of foreign policy.

November 19, 2010

Sanford professor Jonathan Wiener, alongside Duke economist Martin D. Smith, Frank Asche of the University of Stavanger, Norway, and Atle G. Guttormsen of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, discusses the limitations of the FDA review process that assesses the safety of genetically modified Atlantic salmon.

November 15, 2010

A panel of journalists and political experts will gather on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy to discuss media coverage of the 2010 midterm elections.

November 10, 2010

New York Times columnist David Brooks spoke about political gridlock and possibilities for change in the Fleishman Commons.

November 8, 2010

As the Peace Corps readies to celebrate its 50th anniversary, we note many returned Peace Corps volunteers that are part of the Sanford community.

November 2, 2010

Retire Marine Eric Alva, the first American soldier wounded in Iraq and advocate for the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy will speak at the Sanford School.

October 28, 2010

On Nov. 9, New York Times columnist David Brooks will give the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture on "Politics and Culture in the Age of Obama" in the Fleishman Commons.

October 25, 2010

Sanford Dean Bruce Kuniholm has led the public policy program during two key transitions.

October 24, 2010

Some times every vote really does count. In November 2008 in Minnesota, for example, the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken was so close that the state was forced to determine voter intent on thousands of ballots that had been filled out incorrectly.

October 19, 2010

During its first year as Duke’s tenth school, the Sanford School is on track with key goals.

October 19, 2010

Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward will give a talk at the Sanford School of Public Policy Oct. 27 at about his latest book, “Obama’s Wars,” which presents the Obama White House as deeply torn over the war in Afghanistan.

September 28, 2010

MPP student Rob Peterson interns with the Department of Defense Stability Operations Office after receiving the prestigious Rosenthal Fellowship.

September 28, 2010

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Ananat serves as a senior economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

September 13, 2010

TimeFlow, a free software developed by Sanford professor Sarah Cohen, helps journalists organize large quantities of notes.

September 10, 2010

Sanford faculty share and review their personal 2010 summer reading lists.

September 8, 2010

New exhibit explores the definitions of marriage through the photographs of 30 couples taken just before or after their brief, non-denominational civil ceremonies in government offices.

August 30, 2010

“Problems With the Use of Student Test Scores To Evaluate Teachers”
EPI Briefing Paper 8/2010, Helen Ladd, co-author

July 29, 2010

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest in U.S. history, has created an equally large response by the government at all levels. More than 45,000 people are involved in the clean-up and containment efforts, with a fleet of 5,000 response boats in the Gulf.

July 29, 2010

Vaccine manufacturers in India and other developing countries may be able to produce a lower-cost HPV vaccine in spite of the complicated array of patent protections on the technology, say researchers at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy (IGSP).

July 16, 2010

Donald H. Taylor Jr., associate professor of public policy, has been appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a committee of 24 experts who will review and update criteria used to define medically underserved areas and health professional shortage areas. The new committee was mandated in health care reform measures approved by Congress in March.

July 15, 2010

David Schanzer, center, a professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, discusses the role of Muslim communities in combating terrorism during a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on July 14, 2010. The event, “Strengthening America’s Security: Identifying, Preventing and Responding to Domestic Terrorism,” was cosponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the National Security Network.

June 17, 2010

A new study by scholars at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy scholars shows that  efforts to close the “digital divide” by guaranteeing universal access to home computers would actually widen the achievement gap.

June 11, 2010

Sanford students, faculty and alumni are busily blogging this summer from India, Washington, and Togo. Find out what they’re doing.

May 27, 2010

Sanford School Dean Bruce Kuniholm joins the deans of eight other U.S. schools of public policy in supporting repeal.

May 17, 2010

Selim Selimi MIDP’10The 2010 graduation ceremonies on May 15 for the Sanford School of Public Policy honored 147 undergraduates, 56 Master of Public Policy graduates, and 37 Master of International Development Policy graduates from 21 countries. The Class of 2010 was the first to graduate from the Sanford School, which became Duke’s tenth school on July 1, 2009.

May 3, 2010

DeWitt Wallace professor Philip Bennett created a course on how the media portrays Muslims that included media projects involving local Muslim organizations, such as the Islamic Center of Raleigh. [read article]

April 13, 2010

Washington Analysis Corp. has been hiring Sanford interns for thirty years.

April 12, 2010

John F. Burness, former senior vice president at Duke University, was named interim president of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and will serve while a search is conducted for a successor to President John Fry.

April 9, 2010

The conventional wisdom is that young people don’t vote. Heather Smith PPS ’98 didn’t believe that. Though her work as Executive Director of Rock the Vote, she proved that opinion to be wrong at the 2008 Iowa Caucus. The youth vote increased 700 percent over the 2004 caucus and gave the victory that night to Barack Obama.

April 1, 2010

After a 2 ½ year battle with cancer, Susan Tifft, a popular professor with the DeWitt Wallace Center on Media and Democracy, died on Thursday, April 1. On the occasion of her retirement, the Sanford School established an undergraduate teaching award in honor of her work as a teacher and mentor to her students.

January 28, 2010

Health care reform has been a leading issue in the news for the past year, with many twists and turns in the legislative process. Megan Stacy, a second year student in the Master of Public Policy program, experienced some of the process first-hand during her internship last summer in the office of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, as the HELP committee bill was drafted.

January 14, 2010

Rethinking Orphanages - As the number of orphans grows worldwide, it's time to discard Dickensian stereotypes.

January 11, 2010

Extra legal measures required to pursue capital cases cost the state a significant amount every year, according to research by Philip Cook, ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School.

January 6, 2010

Associate Professor of Public Policy David H. Schanzer co-authors a report that addresses actions being taken in Muslim American communities to reduce the relatively small threat of “homegrown” terrorism.

December 8, 2009

Public policy and economics senior Langtian “Ren” Yuan decided to drop her third major in biomedical engineering, but not before her lab work helped identify compounds that might alleviate the powerful cravings of methamphetamine and cocaine addiction.

Now she’s poised to be lead author on a second paper on managing effects of climate change on health in China. She calls the choice of public policy and economics rather than pre-med “the biggest decision of my life.”

November 2, 2009

The emerging field of computational journalism offers hope for preserving the “watchdog” function of journalism, an essential element in the healthy functioning of democracy, says a report released today by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. The report, “Accountability through Algorithm: Developing the Field of Computational Journalism,” identifies four target areas for innovation.

October 22, 2009

Profile of Sarah Cohen, recently appointed Knight Professor of the Practice in Journalism and Public Policy at Sanford's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy

October 20, 2009

David Rubenstein’s $5.75 million gift to the Sanford School of Public Policy will provide endowment for the Program in Environmental and Energy Policy, a speaker series, and student internship support.

September 28, 2009

Terry Sanford, North Carolina Governor, U.S. Senator, Duke University President and namesake of the Sanford School of Public Policy, had a long and remarkable life of public service.  On Oct. 1, the photography exhibit “Terry Sanford: An American Original” will open at the Sanford School of Public Policy to provide a window into his life and legacies.

September 28, 2009

Students from Rachel Seidman’s public policy seminar “Women as Leaders” have continued work they started for a semester project by launching a website aimed at bringing about positive change in Duke’s social scene.

September 25, 2009

The former institute founded by Terry Sanford celebrates its new status as a school

August 31, 2009

Joel Fleishman, the first director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, will deliver the keynote address at Duke University’s Founder’s Day Convocation ceremony on Oct. 1. Fleishman will also receive the University Medal for Distinguished Service.

July 16, 2009

Bruce Jentleson, a professor of public policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, was sworn in last week as Senior Advisor to the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Director. He will continue active teaching and advising at Duke.

June 18, 2009

Dana Vettel, MPP ’10MPP Student in Tanzania
Dana Vettel, MPP ’10, writes from Bagamoyo, Tanzania, where she is interning this summer. In the morning she teaches English to 4- and 5-year-olds, and in the afternoon she volunteers at a local NGO called UKUN in HIV/AIDS patient care and prevention outreach.

May 9, 2009

In recognition of the Sanford Institute’s growth and success over the last 38 years, Duke Board of Trustees approve its transition to school status as of July 1, 2009. Duke President Richard H. Brodhead says the new school is “crucial to our mission of bringing knowledge to the service of society.”

May 7, 2009

Alison Dorsey, a senior from Woodside, Calif., graduating with a degree in public policy studies, is the winner of this year’s Terry Sanford Leadership Award for her contributions to Duke and the Durham Community.

April 22, 2009

A small group of leaders from nonprofit and commercial media, foundations and academia will gather May 4-5 at Duke University’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy for a series of working sessions to explore new models for nonprofit ownership of media. One conference paper has been made available in advance: “A Nonprofit Model for The New York Times?” by Penelope Muse Abernathy.

April 9, 2009

Sarah Cohen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and expert on computer-assisted investigative journalism, has been named to the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University. Cohen, database editor at The Washington Post since 1999, will lead a computational journalism initiative spearheaded by Duke's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy (DWC).

April 8, 2009

The Sanford Institute of Public Policy has established the Susan Tifft Undergraduate Teaching/Mentoring Award in honor of the longtime Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy. Tifft, who has taught at Duke since 1998, will step down in July.

March 31, 2009

Philip Bennett, who in four years as managing editor of The Washington Post helped lead the newspaper to 10 Pulitzer Prizes, has been named the new Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University, university officials announced today.

March 25, 2009

DURHAM, N.C.-- Patenting of genes has not resulted in a pattern of exorbitant pricing or restricted access to tests for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and breast cancer, Duke University researchers report in Wednesday’s Nature magazine. However, genetic testing monopolies are creating significant problems, say authors Robert Cook-Deegan, Subhashini Chandrasekharanand Misha Angrist.

March 20, 2009

The Sanford Institute for Public Policy is moving forward with its plans for becoming a school at the end of the current fiscal year, despite having fallen short of its fund-raising goal, Provost Peter Lange and Institute DirectorBruce Kuniholm told the Academic Council Friday.

March 20, 2009

“Lost Boys of Sudan”Fleeing civil war, the “Lost Boys of Sudan” traveled hundreds of miles on foot, surviving militia ambushes, lion attacks, flood waters and starvation to arrive at a refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya in the late 1980s and 1990s. After long years of waiting and hardship, thousands were able to resettle in the United States.

March 18, 2009

Sindy DURHAM, NC – The highly publicized story of Bristol Palin, the teen daughter of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, focused new attention on the national issue of teenage pregnancy. Meanwhile, government statistics released this month show U.S. teen pregnancy rates rose in 2007 for the second year in a row.

March 11, 2009

Giovanni Zanalda, a visiting assistant professor of public policy and history, teaches a timely course on the history and patterns of economic meltdowns.

February 27, 2009

John Lewis GaddisFor the last eight years, U.S. military leaders and President George W. Bush knew what they wanted to accomplish in the short run in Iraq, but the long-run objective was less clear. According to John Lewis Gaddis, they lacked a “grand strategy.”

Gaddis, the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University, delivered the Von der Heyden Distinguished Lecture Thursday at Duke University’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

February 10, 2009

Journalism legend John Carroll, who served as editor-in-chief of the LA Times from 2000 to 2005, spoke about the problems with corporate ownership of newspapers and the difficulties the Internet has created for the industry.

February 5, 2009

Newark Mayor Cory Booker appealed to Duke students to commit themselves to political engagement and social justice.

February 3, 2009

Students Research Honors Projects Examine Issues of Gender and Faith

February 3, 2009

Students Research Honors Projects Examine Issues of Gender and Faith

February 2, 2009

The "digital divide" is the gap between people who have easy access to digital technology and those who don't.  Like technology itself, the digital divide is changing rapidly, and countries differ widely in the their approach to the problem.

January 23, 2009

Photo Exhibit Displays ‘Disparate Worlds’
Arye Carmon, president of the Jerusalem-based think tank Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), will present a lecture and exhibition of his photographs at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy on Monday, Jan. 26.

“A Struggling Democracy Confronts Political and Governmental Ethics: The Case of Israel” begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Rhodes Conference Room. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a reception and exhibit opening immediately following the lecture in the Sanford Building lobby.

January 22, 2009

In one of his first acts in office, President Obama ordered the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp within a year and the immediate halting the military trials of detainees. The order did not resolve the question of what is to be done with the detainees, which was the topic of a Jan. 22 panel discussion at Duke University.

January 20, 2009

The STAR study by Associate Professor of PPS Elizabeth Frankenberg is long range study of the impact of the tsumani in Indonesia based on interviews with more than 20,500 adult survivors.  It will be the largest ever studies of groups affected by disasters.

January 8, 2009

As part of his search to fill a newly endowed professorship, Jay Hamilton discusses the emerging field of "computational journalism", a technology-assisted method intended to improve the quality of investigative reporting. Through a process known as data mining, which involves complex mathematical algorithms sorting through immense quantities of data, Hamilton and others hope to make investigative reporting more efficient, and also more economically viable in a difficult time for the newspaper industry.

December 15, 2008

Ambassador James A. Joseph, professor of the practice of PPS, was awarded the John Gardner Prize for Social Entrepreneurship at the first Encore Career Summit at Stanford University, Dec. 5-8, in Palo Alto, Calif.

November 24, 2008

Ted Kaufman, visiting lecturer in PPS and lecturing fellow in the Duke Law School, has been appointed to Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s seat in the U.S. Senate. The selection was announced by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Miner on Nov. 24.

November 20, 2008

Professor Robert M. Entman addresses questions about the 2008 presidential campaign.

November 19, 2008

Two weeks after the election, veteran journalists and commentators Mark Shields (“NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”), Ruth Marcus (Washington Post), Jeff Zeleny (The New York Times) and Garrett Graff (Washingtonian) provide a post-election debriefing on media coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign. The panelists for the 2008 John Fisher Zeidman Memorial Colloquium on Politics and the Press discuss groundbreaking changes in the relationship between media and politics,  the contributions of different media sources, and the future of “mainstream” media.

November 17, 2008

Michelle Rhee, Chancellor of the Washington, D.C., Public Schools, spoke Monday to an audience of about 300 students, faculty, and local residents at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy about the radical changes she is making in the failing urban school system.

During her talk, “Public Education Reform: The Case Study of Washington, D.C.,” Rhee discussed how needs of students, not the adults in the system, are the driving force in her decisions.

November 7, 2008

In “America’s Hard Sell,” the cover article for the November/December 2008 issue of Foreign Policy magazine, Professor of PPS and Political science Bruce Jentleson, along with co-author Steven Weber of the University of California, Berkeley, call for rethinking the basic assumptions of international community in the 21st century. The authors will also post answers to questions about the article on the magazine’s web site on December 5. An excerpt of the article follows.

November 7, 2008

Ambassador 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.

November 5, 2008

Undergrads, grad students and international students gathered  for "Duke Votes," an election night viewing party at the Sanford Institute. View a slide show of photographs from the event.

November 3, 2008

Poverty researcher Ron Haskins explains the success of 1996 welfare reform and identifies what is needed to ensure continued success. The free Nov. 5th lecture is sponsored by the Center for Child and Family Policy. Register at

October 22, 2008

Political satirists give us a chance to poke fun at politics in this Nov. 11, post-election panel discussion featuring a “Daily Show” writer and producer and two political cartoonists. Nov. 11, 2008 at the Sanford Institute. Free and open to the public.

October 13, 2008

An epiphany on a railway platform in India led Sanford alumnus Maya Ajmera to her life’s work. Amidst the dust, noise and chaos of the train station, s circle of children sat around a teacher using flash cards to teach them to read. She speaks Oct. 30, 2008 at the Sanford Institute on “A Social Entrepreneur's Journey.”

October 9, 2008

Crusading reformer Michelle Rhee, new chancellor of the failing Washington, D.C., public school system, will speak Nov. 17 at the Sanford Institute.

September 25, 2008

In the 2008 Crown Lecture in Ethics, Oxford University Professor Julian Savulescu argues that treating disease is only the starting point for the potential uses of biological enhancements and genetic engineering.  

September 24, 2008

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman calls for a green technology revolution to energize America, address climate change and improve national security.

September 4, 2008

Federal, state and local officials gathered in Research Triangle Park Sept. 2 to mark the establishment of a new institute focused on social science and policy research to strengthen homeland security. David Schanzer, visiting associate professor of the practice of PPS and Joe Eyerman, director of the RTI Security Program co-direct the institute.

September 2, 2008

Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman will speak at Duke University Sept. 22 about the topic of his new book, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America.”

Friedman will deliver the 2008 Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Page Auditorium on Duke University’s West Campus. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained beginning Sept. 2 through the Duke Box Office, online at or by phone at 919-684-4444.

September 2, 2008

Low Duke student turnout in the May primary led PPS Professor Gunther Peck to examine possible causes and come up with a way to help.

August 29, 2008

Love After Loss, an exhibit of photographs of children in Ethiopia by Elena Rue, will be displayed at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, from September 16, 2008 to January 9, 2009. An opening reception at the institute, on September 16, 5–6 p.m., is free and open to the public.

August 27, 2008

DURHAM, NC—Steroids, open-heart surgery, antibiotics—these are all ways people can be made stronger or healthier, but should genetic manipulation be used to achieve the same results? Oxford University Professor Julian Savulescu discusses the ethical implications of using developments in biotechnology and genomics in the 2008 Crown Lecture in Ethics, titled “The Moral Imperative to Enhance Human Beings.”

The free public lecture is scheduled for Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fleishman Commons at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy on Duke University’s West Campus.

August 26, 2008

Duke public policy senior Rachel Wolf is in Denver this week to volunteer at the Democratic National Convention. She's helping with registration, and will help staff the DNC "Campaign Briefing" event at which Sen. Barack Obama and DNC strategists brief the guests on the general election campaign. Secondarily, she will work with the media relations staff of Planned Parenthood. In between, she's writing a blog about her experience. [blog]

August 15, 2008

Of six new faculty appointments at the Sanford Institute this academic year, three are joining Duke from other institutions while three are current members of the public policy faculty being promoted to new positions.

July 24, 2008

Professor of Public Policy Bruce Jentleson co-authored a report released today titled "Strategic Leadership: Framework for a 21st Century National Security Strategy.". Published by the Center for a New American Security, a Washington, D.C. think tank, the document proposes strategies for the next US administration to rise from the present historic low point in foreign relations and forge a new approach to national security.

June 10, 2008

With advertisements in The New York Times and The Washington Post a 60-member task force of national policy experts announced a“Broader, Bolder Approach to Education” campaign to break a decades-long cycle of reform efforts that promised much and have achieved far too little. 

Co-chaired by Helen Ladd, Edgar Thompson Professor of Public Policy Studies and economics at Duke University, Pedro Noguera, a sociologist at New York University, and Tom Payzant, a Harvard Graduate School of Education professor and former U.S. assistant secretary of education, the task force points to the many flaws in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. The group’s complete statement and recommendations are available online

May 30, 2008

A new chapter opened in the life of the Center for Health Policy this year as the research center began its transition to a new home within in the Duke Global Health Institute. The change was initiated by the Provost’s office, as part of Duke’s increasing commitment to encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations. A task force identified existing centers, such as CHP, that could become university-wide centers. The Global Health Institute and CHP were a natural match.

May 28, 2008

An interdisciplinary team of Duke University computer scientists, public policy experts, and film, video and digital scholars won a MacArthur Foundation grant to develop a computer simulation to teach humanitarian assistance strategies.

May 28, 2008

With North Carolina enduring extreme drought conditions, examining sedimentation in reservoirs across the state seemed like a timely subject for a consulting project in Professor of the Practice Jim Johnson’s PPS 304 class.

May 27, 2008

The New York Times profiles Duke Alum Reggie Love, personal assistant to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. [article]

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 19, 2008

Labaton, winner of the 2008 Futrell Award for Excellence in Communications and Journalism, spoke March 17 at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. The Futrell award is given annually by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy to honor a Duke alumnus.

March 12, 2008

Hart Fellow Brian Wright (PPS ’07) is working with the Institute of Social Order (ISO) in Manila, the Philippines. The country’s oldest NGO, the ISO implements community-based coastal resource management.  Wright is investigating local fishers’ problems and approaches to creating sustainable fisheries. The fishers struggle with poverty, rapid political change, corruption and community division. They often resort to means—such as cyanide fishing—that are both illegal and destructive to the environment.

March 6, 2008

Phil Cook, ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy, was an invited speaker March 3 at the Jacksonville, Fla., conference of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which focused on the economic impact of gun violence. Read his recent paper,Assessing Urban Crime and Its Control: an Overview,” or an interview with the Florida Times-Union.

February 20, 2008

A group of women in Sahaspur, India, displaying their pink and blue loan books are just a few of the people featured in a new exhibit “Beyond Banking: The Faces of Microfinance,” on view from Feb. 25 to March 7, 2008 in the Fleishman Commons at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

February 12, 2008

Schoenfeld, the vice chancellor for public affairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., will become Duke University’s vice president for public affairs and government relations on July 1. He is a 1984 Duke graduate who majored in public policy studies. [article]

February 9, 2008

The Louisiana Political Museum inducted nine new people into its hall of fame this month, including Ambassador James Joseph, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies and Executive Director of the United States-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke University.

February 5, 2008

Duke junior Yi Xiang (PPS ’09), along with other student producers Jeff Hu and Heather Guo, were awarded first place in Boston Consulting Group’s StrategyTube competition and a $3,000 cash prize. Their winning short film “The Coffee Interns” is a humorous account of interns competing to please their boss and get ahead in a firm.

February 4, 2008

Durham Connects offers home health assessments for newborns and resources for new parents as part of research into ways to prevent child neglect.

January 10, 2008

New center builds on programs established by Professor of Public Policy and Law Joel Fleishman aimed at enhancing effectiveness of U.S. foundations.

December 17, 2007

Selected graduate students from 22 Middle Eastern countries will receive full support to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Policy (MPP) under a new agreement between Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.

December 6, 2007

Bruce Jentleson, a professor at Duke University's Sanford Institute of Public Policy, has been selected to serve in advisory capacity for a new Genocide Prevention Task Force chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

December 4, 2007

In a recent study, Professor of Public Policy Philip Cook and others find that strict government regulations on handgun ownership can curtail the underground market for handguns. The study is based in part on interviews with gang members, gun dealers, professional thieves, prostitutes, police, public school security guards, and teenagers from two South Side Chicago neighborhood.

November 19, 2007

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and Republican political strategist  Karl Rove are scheduled to speak at Duke in coming weeks. On Nov. 27 at the Sanford Institute’s Fleishman Commons, Krugman will discuss his new book, Conscience of a Liberal, which calls for new policies to address the nation’s economic inequalities. [more]

November 7, 2007

The quality-of-life benefits of using hospice care at the end of life are well known, but up to now, analyses of how much money hospice saves compared to traditional end-of-life care have had mixed results. This study, by Assistant Professor of PPS Don Taylor and others, shows an average savings of $2,309 per Medicare hospice user, and concludes that increasing the length of time that hospice is used for terminal patients can result in even greater savings.

November 1, 2007

Decades of contentious political issues and colorful political players are on display at the Sanford Institute in an exhibit of nearly 100 editorial cartoons by award-winning cartoonist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher. The exhibit, titled “Mightier Than the Sword: The Satirical Pen of KAL,” is located in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy’s Rubenstein Hall. It opens Nov. 7 and will remain on display through the remainder of the academic year.

October 16, 2007

As a classically trained pianist, Yi Xiang likely could have attended one of the top music conservatories in the United States. However, Xiang, PPS ’09, instead chose to attend Duke. Watch a short video profile of Xiang discussing the benefits of Duke's liberal arts curriculum, his music and academic passions.

October 11, 2007

Visit to Duke as 2007 Sanford Lecturer leads to invitation to teach in spring 2008.

October 10, 2007

Jeff Stern, a 2007 Duke public policy graduate with a passion for investigative, frontline reporting, is posting dispatches and photos from Afghanistan as a correspondent for Read his report on Massoud Day, a celebration in remembrance of “the Lion of Panjshir,” a national hero for driving the Soviets from Afghanistan.

October 2, 2007

Author and legal affairs analyst Jeffrey Toobin will speak at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy on Oct. 11, 2007 about his latest book,The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.

Journalist Jeffrey ToobinToobin will discuss the court with Duke Law School Dean David Levi. The 5:30 p.m. event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.

October 2, 2007

New faculty members bring expertise in environmental economics, international development and developing economies, U.S. social policy and inequalities.

September 20, 2007

As one of six participants in “Be the Change”—a CNN International project to showcase “the power of social change through action”— Cassie Phillips, a 2007 public policy graduate, will maintain a regular record of her fellowship in Battambang, Cambodia, where she works with orphaned and vulnerable children at the nongovernmental organization Homeland.

September 11, 2007

In only his second year at the Sanford Institute, professor of practice of PPS Tom Taylor is making an impact among students with “Principles of Leadership,” a course that examines the skills, values and risks inherent in decision-making.

August 20, 2007

Donors support endowment for student financial aid, new school of public policy to educate students who can help “find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.”

August 20, 2007

From Operation Smile to student mentoring, public service and engagement define public policy undergraduate’s four years at Duke.

July 19, 2007

Finding out how American Muslims address messages of extremism in their communities will be the goal of a two-year study being launched by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Center Director David Schanzer leads the study.

Researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will use the information to recommend policies for reducing the likelihood that the United States experiences the type of homegrown terrorism seen recently in Europe.

May 31, 2007

Amanda Dorsey, a Duke senior in Public Policy Studies, is using lessons learned during Tony Brown's Enterprising Leadership class and a summer spent in Tanzania to inspire future teachers while giving Durham sixth-graders academic confidence. [article]

May 25, 2007

Sarah Wallace, a Duke senior in Public Policy Studies, is spending her summer in Ukraine, involved in research pertaining to "the Ark" a new radiation containment system at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. Read her blog postings at

May 13, 2007

The following graduating seniors and master’s degree recipients were honored during the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy’s graduation ceremonies on May 12:

Undergraduate awards:
Terry Sanford Leadership Award: Trisha A. Bailey, Aurora, Ohio; Jeannette Estela Jimenez Barajas, Inglewood, Calif.; and Eleanor Pishny, Stilwell, Kan.

May 11, 2007

PPS senior Matt Yelovich, '07, analyzes how preemptive war became national policy, and why it may be a suitable U.S. strategy in the post-September 11th era. His article, "Beyond Iraq: Evaluating the Bush Doctrine and Its Implications," appears as the cover story in the Duke Journal of Public Affairs.

May 9, 2007

The U.S. military is increasingly focused on the national security threats posed by climate change, and video from a recent conference co-sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the U.S. Army War College is helping to move the national and international dialogue on these threats forward.

April 19, 2007

Christina Gibson-Davis, assistant professor of public policy and psychology, was named a W.T. Grant Scholar, while Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies and History Robert Korstad was awarded a Bass Chair.

April 19, 2007

For the third year in a row, papers by Sanford Master of Public Policy Students are among the 10 selected for publication in the Journal of Public and International Affairs. The journal is jointly published by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Association of Professional Schools of Public Affairs.

April 6, 2007

A research project led by Sherman James, Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy Studies, has joined forces with African American churches in Durham to tackle the diabetes epidemic from the ground up.

March 22, 2007

(Durham, NC) Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter, will deliver a public lecture, “Will American Superpower Have a Second Chance?” at Duke University on Thursday, March 29.

The lecture begins at 3:30 pm at the Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy and is free and open to the public.

March 9, 2007

Dennis A. Rondinelli, 63, a faculty member with the Duke University Center for International Development at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, died March 7 at his home in Hillsborough.

February 26, 2007

An analysis of student behavior and performance on end-of-grade exams suggests that sixth graders with older students in middle school has lasting negative effects [News release] [Research report (PDF)]

February 7, 2007

Q&A with Pete Kiehart, PPS student and 2006 Student Photographer of the Year

February 6, 2007

The Sanford Institute of Public Policy's PhD faculty rank first among their U.S. public policy peers, according to a new measure of scholarly productivity.

February 6, 2007

In a new book, Professor of Public Policy Joel Fleishman argues that although foundations play a vital role in the country's civic life, they must act quickly to mend their arrogant and secretive ways or risk increased public skepticism and government regulation.

January 31, 2007

DURHAM, N.C. – High achieving high school students often are labeled geeks or nerds -- far from cool. But does this phenomenon have anything to do with race?

January 29, 2007

Speaking to a capacity crowd at the Sanford Institute for Public Policy on Jan. 29, Gen. Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret.), gave a sharply critical analysis of both the war in Iraq and the current administration's Middle East policy as a whole.

January 24, 2007

Gen. Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret.), will deliver a public lecture, “Iraq: Failures, Realities and the Future,” at Duke University on Monday, Jan. 29.

December 8, 2006

Jonathan B. Wiener, Perkins Professor of Law and Professor of Environmental Policy and Public Policy Studies at Duke University, was elected the next president of the international Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).

December 4, 2006

Professor of the Practice Tony Brown to Take "Entrepreneurial Learning" Methods to Robertson Scholars Program at UNC and Duke After 12 years, Brown will leave "best job at Duke" for opportunity to encourage great students to act on their biggest ideas. [article]

November 21, 2006

Duke senior Jimmy Soni earns Mitchell Scholarship for year of graduate study in Ireland. [article]

November 20, 2006

Saving energy In an effort to help local families reduce home energy use, students in public policy professor Tony Brown’s community leadership course delivered packages of energy-saving light bulbs to the Durham County Department of Social Services for free distribution. [article]

November 20, 2006

Master’s students travel to New Orleans to see post-Katrina policy issues firsthand. Their visits forges connections for spring policy consulting projects that will help the Big Easy rebuild.

November 16, 2006

Through ActionAid, second-year master’s students Dave Cohen and Kenzie Strong worked on capacity building projects in Kapchorwa, Uganda with local community-based organizations, including the Benet Lobby Group. Cohen’s and Strong’s Web site -- full of beautiful photographs of the region, the people and their work -- chronicles their experiences during the summer of 2006.

November 8, 2006

Charles Sanders, chairman of the Sanford Institute Board of Visitors, earns state's highest civilian honor -- the North Carolina Award -- for contributions to science.

November 7, 2006

There is a trend among behavioral scientists to view ever more complex “attitudes” and/or “systems of belief” as in some sense genetically determined, or heritable. Current research by Assistant Professor of Public Policy Evan Charney refutes the idea that political orientations could be genetically transmitted. Read the paper.

October 19, 2006

Sen. Thad Cochran delivers 2006 Sanford Lecture

October 16, 2006

Olga Corrales, MPP ’92, has worked at the World Bank

October 9, 2006

North Korea’s actions warrant a swift, firm response from the U.N. Security Council, says public policy professor Bruce Jentleson. [article]

September 30, 2006

MPP Candidate Elizabeth Sasser’s summer internship in China gave her a chance to see first-hand how education policies affect rural and migrant families.

September 29, 2006

First Duke senior Jimmy Soni read the books about the dramatic last years of the Soviet Union and its collapse. Then, thanks to an undergraduate research opportunity with Bruce Jentleson, got to meet the man behind the books.

September 5, 2006

New orientation program connect students with community, avoids “tunnel vision.”

August 28, 2006

The wife of late Duke president, North Carolina governor and U.S. senator Terry Sanford was an avid philanthropist and arts patron. [article]

August 10, 2006

Thwarted bomb plot in London reflects strong international cooperation against terrorism, but security gaps still exist that can be exploited by terrorists, says David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. [article]

July 19, 2006

Mark Pike wanted to take a cross-country road trip, but with gas prices at an all-time high and policymakers bemoaning America’s addiction to oil, Pike’s nostalgic vision collided head on with his sense of right and wrong. [article]

June 29, 2006

In light of the surgeon general's recent report on secondhand smoke, it's clear that the smokers aren't the only ones who bear the cost of their habit, says assistant professor of public policy studies a health policy professor Donald Taylor. [article]

June 27, 2006

Foundations need to become “relentlessly and thoroughly transparent” in their operations if they are to avoid government regulation, says Joel Fleishman, professor of public policy and law and the founding director of the Sanford Institute of Public Policy. [article]

May 12, 2006

Plans for transforming the Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy into Duke’s 10th school received conditional approval Thursday from the Academic Council. [article]