You are here



‘Scorecard Diplomacy:’ Rating Nations on the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Across the globe, 21 million people are victimized by human trafficking, a form of modern slavery. Judith Kelley has devoted much of the past three years to studying the United States’ efforts to fight this persistent problem. She has focused her analysis on the impact of the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) annual report.


Electricity Consumption Increases With Automatic Bill Payment, Here's Why (Prof. Steven Sexton)

Power lines. Image courtesy Don McCullough via Flickr/CC

The adage “out of sight, out of mind” applies to electricity use, according to new research from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Customers using automatic bill payment used greater amounts of electricity on average. 


Orphaned Boys As Vulnerable To Abuse As Girls (prof. Kathryn Whetten)

child with hat. Image by Fern Hazel Almazan via Flickr/CC

Orphaned children in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) face a high risk of trauma, with physical and sexual abuse being by far the most prevalent traumatic events. New research shows that orphaned boys in these settings are just as likely to experience abuse as girls. As a result, the study authors suggest targeting more support services and prevention programs toward protecting vulnerable boys.


Legalized Marijuana Presents Recruiting Dilemma for US Military

Marijuana plant via Paul Evans Flickr/CC

An Army officer at the local recruiting officer is talking to an 18-year-old, a physically fit high school graduate with good grades and a clean record, who is eager to enlist. But he also uses marijuana. If the recruiting office is in Colorado, where recreational marijuana use is legal but still against federal law, the Army loses a promising recruit. A team of Sanford students tackled this policy problem. 


Dark Money in Politics [VIDEO]

three guests and moderator

America’s billionaires are influencing public policy. Should we rejoice or worry? New Yorker investigative reporter Jane Mayer, philanthropist/political scientist James Piereson and businessman J. Adam Abram discussed the impact of big money on American democracy in a public lecture at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.


Adair Named Director of DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy

Bill Adair, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, has been named director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University. 


'My personal experiences taught me about the complexities of poverty' - Duke-UNC BECR Center Awards Fellowship

Carolyn Barnes.

Would our understanding of poverty and food insecurity improve if people studying the topic had firsthand experience with economic hardship and hunger? A grant program created by a Duke-UNC research center hopes to show that it can.


Mitt Romney Speaks At Duke: 'If You Get the Chance to Run for President, Do It'

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney recently spoke at Duke University in a talk sponsored by the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture hosted by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy. Romney was most recently the Republican candidate for president of the United States.


How Politically Polarized Is The Country, Really?

Gerson, Dionne and moderator

Political commentators Michael Gerson and E.J. Dionne Jr. agreed in a recent public talk at Duke University that political polarization is at its worst levels ever due to broad cultural changes, ideological sorting and increased institutionalization of division.


Romney Talks on Foreign Policy, Elections

Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential candidate and governor of Massachusetts, had a terrific NCCA basketball bracket, picking Duke University as the winner, but he declined to share a bracket for the 2016 presidential race before a full house at Duke on April 8.


You Are Invited to a Sanford Community Dialogue on Racism and Inclusion

Flowers and blue sky: Eric via Flickr/CC

A message from Dean Kelly Brownell: Dear Students, Faculty and Staff. Please join us in a community-wide dialogue about what the recent events on campus mean for, and to, our community -- students, staff and faculty. Help answer the question:


Secret Lives of Sanford Professors: Pageants and Policy

Deondra Rose suring her reign as Miss UGA

Politics and policy became real to Assistant Professor Deondra Rose –  even became her life’s work  – when she was on a bus one day as an undergrad at the University of Georgia. There were two young women sitting across from her, looking at a sign above her head. The sign was an advertisement was for the Miss University of Georgia (Miss UGA) pageant.