New Faculty Appointments at Sanford

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.

Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Kip Frey is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and educator whose expertise lies in the economics of media and Internet politics and policy. Frey practiced intellectual property law before joining Turner Broadcasting System where he ran several business units and contributed to the acquisition of several large enterprises. Frey has served as CEO of start-up companies, was a partner at a venture capital firm and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for several private and public corporations.

A professor at Duke since 1997, Frey teaches intellectual property law and policy. He also serves as Director of the Law & Entrepreneurship Program at Duke Law School and is a Visiting Professor of the Practice of Law and Entrepreneurship. Previously, he was Professor of the Practice in entrepreneurial management, holding joint appointments at Duke Law School and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Frey is also a Faculty Affiliate of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.

The new Director of Graduate Studies, MPP Program, Pope "Mac" McCorkle has also been appointed Associate Professor of the Practice of Public Policy. Mac McCorkle’s expertise includes American government and politics as well as leadership, ethics and public service. After receiving his law degree from Duke, McCorkle clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He then practiced law in Raleigh with the firm founded by former Duke President Terry Sanford. In the last two decades, McCorkle has served as an issues consultant to political candidates, state governments, and various organizations. Since starting McCorkle Policy Consulting in 1994, he has worked for state and federal candidates in North Carolina and 28 other states. McCorkle has published a number of articles on politics and public policy in academic journals and magazines such as Columbia Journalism Review, Commonwealth and Society.

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Psychology and Neuroscience Candice Odgers’ research focuses on how social inequalities and early adversity influence children’s future well-being. Odgers is specifically interested in reducing the costs associated with early behavioral problems and leverages new technologies, including mobile phones and web-based tools, to understand and improve the health of young people.

Before joining the Sanford faculty, Odgers was an Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California-Irvine. Among her honors, Odgers is a William T. Grant Scholar and the recipient of Early Career Contributions Awards from the Society for Research on Child Development, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association. She has also been appointed Associate Director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy.

Assistant Professor of Public Policy Jay Pearson’s research focuses on how various forms of structural inequality influence social determination of health. He is particularly interested in the construction, conceptualization and measurement of racial and ethnic categories, socio-economic indicators, gender socialization and immigration.

Upon graduation from North Carolina Central University, Pearson served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. He earned an MPH at the University of North Carolina then completed his PhD at the University of Michigan, where he developed and published a model of the socio-structural, cultural and psychosocial processes that influence population-level social and health inequity.  Results of empirical tests of aspects of his model were published in The American Journal of Public Health and Social Science Quarterly. As a Kellogg Postdoctoral Health Scholar at the University of California San Francisco/Berekeley, he was the assistant project director of a National Institute of Aging sponsored project entitled “Race/ethnicity, Psychosocial and Environmental Stressors and Telomere Length.”

Associate Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Timothy Profeta’s areas of expertise include climate change and energy policy, the Clean Air Act, and adaptive use of current environmental laws to address evolving environmental challenges. Profeta is the founding director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke and has served as visiting lecturer at Duke Law School. His work at the institute has included numerous legislative and executive branch proposals to mitigate climate change, including providing Congressional testimony several times on his work at Duke, developing multiple legislative proposals for cost containment and economic efficiency in greenhouse gas mitigation programs, and facilitating climate and energy policy design processes for several U.S. States.

Prior to his arrival at Duke, Profeta served as counsel for the environment to Sen. Joseph Lieberman. He advised Lieberman on all environmental and energy issues before the U.S. Senate and developed major climate change legislation. He was also a law clerk for Judge Paul L. Friedman, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Associate Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Elizabeth Richardson Vigdor researches the economics of health policy, specifically the individual and social consequences of being uninsured, the measurement and valuation of health and the effects of firearms policies. She earned a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University and her MS in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health. Vigdor has previously been an assistant professor of public policy and a research scholar at the Sanford School. She is affiliated with the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research and the Center for Child and Family Policy.