Sanford Faculty Honors

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.

Helen “Sunny” Ladd, the Edgar T. Thompson Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and professor of economics, was invited to submit a chapter to Eminent Economists II: Their Life and Work Philosophies, edited by Michael Szenberg and Lall B. Ramrattan. The volume was published in February by Cambridge University Press.  

Her autobiographical chapter “Confessions of a Wellesley FEM,” sketches the evolution of her career and thinking as an economist. Two mentors, Wellesley Professor Carolyn Shaw Bell, her first economics professor, and Harvard Professor Richard Musgrave, “father of modern public finance,” helped her find her place in a male-dominated field, both in terms of research and managing an academic life. After teaching at Wellesley, and at the Harvard schools of design and government, she came to Duke in 1986, with a focus on state and local public finance, which led to her work school finance, education policy and issues of equity in public policy.   

Nicholas Carnes, assistant professor of public policy, has been selected as one of “The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30” by the “Pacific Standard” magazine, published by the nonprofit Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy. They searched for intellectuals in the social or behavioral sciences, who “we predict will have a serious impact on social, political and economic issues.”

During the month of April, one thinker is featured each day on their website, with Carnes debuting on April 5 in a profile that features his work on the lack of blue-collar Americans in elected office.