William “Sandy” Darity Jr., founding director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, was honored for his research related to racial inequality and the racial wealth gap in the United States at the 2017 Future of Wealth Summit: Technology, Inclusion and Social Change April 27 in Washington, D.C.
During two ceremonies, the Sanford School awarded diplomas to four groups of students: 202 undergraduates, 66 Master of Public Policy graduates, 47 Master of International Development Policy graduates from 21 countries and 4 PhD graduates.
Duke University is brimming with outstanding students, but public policy senior Jessica Van Meir has pulled off an unusual hat-trick: She earned all three departmental honors awarded to Sanford School undergraduates. Her awards include the Terry Sanford Leadership Award, the Best Thesis Award and the Joel Fleishman Distinguished Scholar Award, which recognizes students with the highest grade point average in the major.
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President Donald Trump’s firing Tuesday of FBI Director James Comey could threaten democracy, the Constitution and national security, three prominent Duke faculty said. Peter Feaver, a professor of political science and public policy, said firing Comey won’t end questions about Russian activity.
Duke senior Elena Elliott grew up in a setting where college was not a given. Elliott, who will deliver the student speech at Duke commencement exercises on Sunday, said many classmates in her Dallas high school didn’t consider college possible. “I knew many kids who were bright and could have done extremely well at a place like Duke, but college was not on their horizon,” said Elliott, the daughter of an immigrant.
Over the 2016-2017 school year, 50 students from Duke University collaborated with dozens of high school students from the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability in Durham, NC to create a live show, Just Listen.
President Trump is not the only one rounding out 100 days in a new city. Students in the Duke in DC study-away program also have been hard at work finding their feet in the nation’s capital. Begun in 2013 under the direction of Kristin Goss, associate professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, the undergraduate program offers students the chance to translate their academic work into policy work through a combination of coursework and part-time internships.
Philip Napoli, James R. Shepley Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, and Christopher Bail, Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke, were named 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellows, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced today. They are among 35 scholars selected for the prestigious fellowship, which includes a $200,000 award.
Phil Bennett, Eugene C. Patterson professor of the practice of public policy studies and journalism, has accepted a position as special projects editor of FRONTLINE, PBS’ investigative documentary series.
Durham, NC — Durham’s young children face a range of difficult challenges to thriving and learning, according to a report released today by a joint Durham County and Duke University task force.
Recently, a team at the Duke Reporters Lab has been developing a fact-checking app for the Amazon Echo. Owners of the Echo can “ask the fact-checkers” about claims they hear on the news and social media.