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Tuesday's election winners have Sanford ties

Steve Schewel, a visiting assistant professor in the Sanford School, will become Durham’s mayor after winning his election Tuesday. He is a current member of the Durham city council and had been on the school board before that. Schewel, who graduated from Duke in 1973, teaches courses in the Hart Leadership Program.

In Virginia, Justin Fairfax PPS’00 will be the state’s next Lieutenant Governor. He won 52.7 percent of the vote share in a hotly contested race. A Democrat, Fairfax will be only the second African American to hold the position ever. At Duke, Fairfax served as a young ...


Burness Elected Chair of Durham Tech Trustees

John F. Burness, retired senior vice president for public affairs and government relations at Duke University and an adjunct professor in the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy, has been elected chair of the Durham Technical Community College Board of Trustees. He has been a Durham Tech Trustee since 2009 and ...


Bennett Wins Emmy Award

Phil Bennett, Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Sanford, co-produced a PBS FRONTLINE documentary that won an Emmy on Oct. 5.

“The Choice 2016,” won an ...


New Scholarships for MPP Students

The Sanford School is offering two new scholarships for MPP students that cover full tuition, fees, and living expenses, the Duke-Margolis Scholarship and the Sanford Family Fellowship.

The Terry and Laurie Sanford Family Fellowship is awarded to outstanding student leaders committed to addressing disparities affecting underserved communities. It is made possible by a gift from the family of the school’s founder. Fellows are incoming U.S. MPP students from underrepresented groups with strong academic credentials and service to underserved populations.

The Duke-Margolis ...


Visiting DCID Scholar: Professor Halis Karil

Halis Kiral, assistant professor at the Social Sciences University of Ankara, Turkey, is a visiting scholar in DCID for the 2017-2018 academic year. He also has extensive government experience, having worked Ministry of Finance of Turkey as a state budget expert, public finance expert, as head of the department of Central Harmonization for Internal Audit, and as head of the Budget Policy Department. He led several projects as head of the department of Central ...


Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professor Arshak Balayan

Arshak Balayan, lecturer at American University of Armenia, is the Sanford School’s Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professor for the fall 2017 semester. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Yerevan State University, where he also taught for 11 years. He also has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University for three semesters.

His teaching and research interests are in the areas of ethics and political philosophy. While at Duke he plans to complete ...


Gassman-Pines Receives Duncombe Award from NASPPA

Associate Professor Anna Gassman-Pines is the recipient of the 2017 Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award by NASPAA. The awarding committee wrote: “The committee was impressed with your co-authoring of articles with Ph.D. students, the fact that you have mentored 8 students in 7 years, the time you have spent advising students, and the detailed evidence of that commitment presented by your nominators.” NASPAA established the award ...


Bermeo Receives Keohane Award for Best Article

Sarah Bermeo, assistant professor of public policy and political science, is the winner of the Robert O. Keohane award for best article published in the journal International Organization in 2016.  She receives the award for her article ...


Darity One of “Politico 50”

Sanford Professor William “Sandy” Darity Jr. is one of the “Politico 50.”  A print and online magazine covering Washington and U.S. politics, this is an annual list of 50 ideas that are “blowing up American politics and the people behind them.   ...


Thomas Taylor Receives Public Service Award from Secretary of Defense Office

Thomas W. Taylor, professor of the practice of public policy, received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in a ceremony in Arlington, Va., on July 26. The award recognized his service on the Judicial Proceedings Panel, established by the Secretary of Defense in June 2014.

The independent federal advisory committee reviewed and assessed the prosecution of adult sexual assault crimes in the military. The ...


Darity Receives Grant from Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Sanford Professor William A. Darity Jr. and Darrick Hamilton, professor of economics and urban policy at The New School have been awarded a $70,000 grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.  It is one of five academic grants awarded this year by the Center to support research on inequality and growth. The project is an extension of the National Asset Scorecard for ...


Alum Wins Primary for Virginia Lt. Governor

Sanford alumnus and Board of Visitor member Justin Fairfax PPS’00 won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia on June 13. A former federal prosecutor, he defeated two other candidates in the race with 49 percent of the vote. An attorney in a Northern Virginia firm, Fairfax ran a grassroots campaign. He has not held elective office before, but had run for state attorney general in the Democratic primary in 2013.

The office of ...