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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 ...


Sanford Prof Has Role in Voter ID Case

Sanford Professor Charles Clotfelter’s expertise in North Carolina education played a role in today’s U.S. Supreme Court action on the state’s voter ID law. When the case was initially heard by the U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem last summer, his testimony lasted for more than an hour.

Clotfelter’s testimony drew on his expertise in public education. As an expert witness for the U.S. Justice Department, he had testified about the state’s history of “open and significant” discrimination in public ...


Three Duke Seniors Selected as Hart Fellows

Three Duke seniors have been selected as Hart Fellows for 2017-2018.  They will spend a year abroad working with community-based organizations. The three fellows are: Paige Newhouse, who will work on refugee issues in Germany; David Rose, who will work at the Arava Institute in Israel on environmental issues in the Middle East; and Henry Warder, who will work in Tanzania with Nia Technologies and a partner clinic of 3-D printed prosthetics. Since 1995, the Hart Leadership Program has placed ...


Muschkin is RTI Scholar for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Clara Muschkin, associate research professor at the Sanford School and an affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy, has been selected for the RTI University Scholars program for the 2017-18 academic year. The program provides support for distinguished academic researchers to spend scholarly leave time at RTI International, actively collaborating with RTI experts. The goal of the ...


Wiener Co-authors Report on Transatlantic Risk Regulation

Jonathan B. Wiener, Perkins professor of law, environmental policy and public policy, is a co-author of a new report, “Transatlantic Patterns of Risk Regulation: Implications for International Trade and Cooperation.”  Published by the International Risk Governance Council in Lausanne, Switzerland, the report was commissioned by the European Parliament to help ...


New Jazz Opera Based on Korstad's Book

Very few historians have seen their work turned into an opera, and even fewer public policy professors can make that claim.  But Professor Robert Korstad can.  Love Songs from the Liberation Wars, the new jazz opera that premiers on March 30 at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring, MD, is based on his book, Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth Century South.  


Mohanan appointed to Lancet Global Health Commission

Sanford Professor Manoj Mohanan has been selected to serve on the new Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Era.  He is one of 30 commissioners from 18 different countries, which includes academics, policy-makers, government officials and community and patient ...


Duke-Margolis Center Apppoints Advisory Board

Former FDA commissioner Mark McClellan portrait

The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy announced the appointment of an external advisory board on Feb. 9 at an event in Washington, D.C.  The center is directed by Mark McClellan, professor of business, medicine and policy. Four other Sanford faculty members, Frank Sloan, Donald H. Taylor, Peter Ubel and ...


Gill is New Contributing Editor to Brookings Institute Development Blog

Indermit Gill, director of the Duke Center for International Development, is a contributing editor to the Brookings Institute blog, Future Development.  The blog was originally launched by the World Bank in 2013, to offer solutions to prominent ...


Bruce Jentleson reelected vice chairman of Carnegie Council

Bruce Jentleson

Bruce Jentleson, professor of public policy and political science, has been reelected to be vice chairman of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2017. The Council provides educational materials about international ethics and convenes more than 50 event annually. Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, it works to “explore the ethical dilemmas posed by issues such as deadly conflict, human rights violations, the ethics of globalization, global economic inequalities, and the increasing role of religion in politics around the world.” Jentleson has served ...