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Sanford in India: Inside A Unique Summer Program

Students talking to Indian people in rural village

It is one thing to travel to India and explore the culture as a tourist, it is another thing to live in rural India with a local family while interning with an area nonprofit. MPP student Phil Hah (’17) did exactly that.


At POLIS Discussion, Bipartisanship Shows it Endures

Professor Fritz Mayer convenes a discussion on bipartisanship with Senators Maggie Hassan and Shelley Moore Capito.

Despite the divisive nature of U.S. politics, bipartisanship is still alive and well, according to two U.S. senators who spoke at the Sanford School of Public Policy’s annual “Sanford on the Hill” event at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on July 17.


#HumansofDukeSanford Maithy Tranphung

MPP Student Maithy Tranphung

"I love a good challenge. To me, life without challenges is mundane. Geneva is a challenge. I spend my days navigating a new environment and culture. My internship pushes me to learn about a field in which I have no prior experience, which is emergency operation. I struggled initially to learn the frameworks and language that forms the foundation of emergency operation. In honesty, I have yet to make a dent in this pool of knowledge. It is a constant battle. Frustration is a part of my daily life here, as I get irritated at myself for making mistakes and not being sharper. However, within that frustration, I find my happiest moments in Geneva. Wait a moment, frustration and happy? How does that work? Well, simply put, I feel myself growing. I cannot put it into words, but I sense myself changing. Changes that are good. It is the mysterious feeling of change and growth that makes me happy." - Maithy Tranphung, MPP '18 


Duke Receives $5.9 Million to Launch Global Food Policy Center


DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University will use $5.9 million in grants to bolster efforts to improve global food policy and inform issues such as malnutrition and food safety.


#HumansofDukeSanford: Nathan Keene

Undergraduate Student Nathan Keene

"The ethics class I took for the Public Policy requirements - we talked a lot about health outcomes and inequalities and Scrap Exchange tackles that. They try to engage low-income neighborhoods and the community around here. Seeing that has helped me to apply the ethics  that I have learned. I have taken [several] philosophy courses and there is a lot that I learned about the importance of community, the rights of a community, how it helps individuals to grow. Scrap Exchange is really big on trying to foster that sense of community, and help try to make itself part of Durham."


Study Debunks Claim of Greatly Improved Survival Rate for Gunshot Victims

Medical Care patient

DURHAM, N.C. -- The survival rate of U.S. gunshot victims has not shown a marked improvement, as other recent studies have suggested, according to new research from Duke University and the University of California, Davis.

The purported increase in survival rate had been credited to improvements in emergency treatment and medical care of critically injured patients. But on close analysis, researchers found problems in the way data was collected and coded.


Student Research Reveals Way to Increase On-Time Tax Payments

Tyler Gamble smiling

For his masters project, Tyler Gamble ran an experiment with Guilford County, N.C. to find out if small changes to a single letter could get more people to pay their taxes on time. He used principles from behavioral economics in his project and the outcome surprised even him.


Bull City 150 Pop-up Event on Durham's History of Inequality

postcard image of Durham

Gentrification, inequality and public projects that impact housing are not new issues in Durham. A Bull City 150 pop-up exhibit on the history of housing and land inequality in Durham will be part of the Third Friday events in downtown Durham on Friday, June 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Self-Help Temple Building, 302 W. Main Street.


College Attendance Drops After Widespread Job Loss

Woman at graduation, cap and gown

When states suffer a widespread loss of jobs, the damage extends to the next generation, where college attendance drops among the poorest students, says new research from Duke University. As a result, states marked by shuttered factories or dormant mines also show a widening gap in college attendance between rich and poor, the authors write.


Sociologist Linda Burton to lead Duke Center for Child and Family Policy

Linda Burton

Linda Burton, the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and dean of social sciences, will become director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy effective July 1, announced Sanford School of Public Policy Dean Kelly Brownell. She will also hold a joint faculty appointment in the Sanford School.

Burton succeeds William McDougall Professor of Public Policy Studies Kenneth A. Dodge, the founding director of the center.


Four Duke Leaders Address Decision to Withdraw From Paris Climate Agreement

We are the leaders of four units at Duke University that collaborate on advancing an accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy system for our state, our country, and the world.  We regard this challenge as one of the most pressing questions facing society in the 21st century, and one on


Make a Choice: Graduation Remarks by Senior Steve Brenner

Thank you all very much. It’s a profound honor to speak at this ceremony, as I have immensely enjoyed my time here, studying at the Sanford School of Public Policy. These past 4 years, the things I’ve learned, the friendships I’ve forged, it all just means the world to me.