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Pundits McArdle and Douthat Discuss State of GOP

Megan McArdle and Ross Douthat

“What’s bad for conservatism, for Republicans and the nation is good for us,” Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist for The New York Times, said at the Sanford School on Wednesday night. He and Megan McArdle, a columnist for The Bloomberg View, discussed the state of the GOP and conservatism in the age of Trump. 


Uncle Terry saves the day

As a former governor, Terry Sanford often used his political skills during his tenure as Duke president, from 1970 to 1985. One of his best-known missives, the “Avuncular Letter,” was sent to the undergraduate students in 1984. At once humorous and chiding, effective but gentle, the letter, signed “Uncle Terry,” is a triumph of Sanford’s acumen. The story behind the letter, however, tells the tale of the long-standing problem facing Sanford, as well as the path it set toward the creation of what we now know as “Cameron Crazies.”


Journalists to Discuss the Future of Conservatism


Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat will discuss the future of conservatism during a free, public event Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Duke University. McArdle said she and Douthat will discuss how the 2016 campaign and the election of President Trump represented an earthquake for Republicans and conservatives, opening up issues that had been thought closed, and revealing deep fissures between the party's base and  elites. 


New Evidence Shows that Regulating Underground Gun Market is Crucial for Reducing Gun Violence

Each year, gun homicides kill over ten thousand people in the United States. Most of these deaths are not the result of mass shootings, but rather, of more mundane attacks, including armed robberies and assaults. The latest issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences offers new empirical research on the underground gun market that supplies firearms to criminals. These studies shed important light on little-understood supply chains and provide a rich foundation for new policies to curb gun violence.


Rep. Schiff Highlights American Vulnerabilities to Election Interference

Rep. Adam Schiff

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff emphasized the necessity of remaining vigilant about threats to democracy at the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture Monday evening. His talk took place the same day two former campaign advisers to President Donald Trump were indicted in the ongoing Justice Department probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Schiff (D-Calif.) is the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is the midst of a separate high-profile investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. He emphasized that his committee’s work has far-reaching implications.


Former Congressman Barney Frank Defends Pragmatism in Politics

Former Congressman Barney Frank’s talk at the Sanford School on Oct. 24 was a defense of the embattled art of political compromise. “No unrealized ideal ever fed a child, or provided medical care to someone who needs it,” he said. “The issue is when and how to be pragmatic.”


#HumansofDukeSanford Megan Yeh MPP'18

MPP student Megan Yeh

“I’m currently working on my readings for ethics. It’s for the MPP class. It’s really cool. Jay Pearson is the professor and he’s really great. I think he really contextualizes a lot of issues and also looks into the intersectionality of those issues. So things aren’t just isolated problems, they’re all interconnected. To be honest, I had never really considered public policy as something I wanted to pursue in graduate school. I was a history major in undergrad, I worked for 2 years in a AmeriCorps program in St. Louis city and I worked at a public high school in education and it kind of made me realize that a lot of the issues I was seeing with my students didn’t solely stem from problems within the education system but other things too such as their health, home life, and stress levels, and that was why they were having trouble. I looked into public policy, and I realized that I wanted to make more of a concrete change within the system in order to improve the lives of others.


Two MPP Students Named Margolis Scholars as Part of First Student Cohort

2017-2018 Margolis Scholars

The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy today announced the first cohort of Margolis Scholars selected from exceptional candidates from the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the JD program at the Duke School of Law. The program will be expanded to graduate and professional students in other programs at Duke over the next two academic years.


Ways & Means Season 3 Premiere: Slum Detectives [podcast]

For our Season 3 premiere of Ways & Means, we begin a three-part series, New Ideas for Policy in the Developing World. In this episode, high-tech meets high-need. How researchers are using Google Earth to find the undocumented slums of India.


#HumansofDukeSanford Daniel Ntim & Isabelle Doan (PPS'20)

Students Daniel Ntim and Isabelle Doan

“Well initially, taking public policy 155 (Introduction to Public Policy), I was not very sure about my decision to go through the public policy track. However, taking more electives and core courses, I see that there’s much more to public policy than the core courses. It’s a very interdisciplinary major which features research, business implementation, micro and macroeconomics, and even facets of cultural anthropology. So it’s just a very diverse major that’s for so many people.”


The Missing Gun Control Movement [Podcast]

Gun graffiti

Earlier this week a lone gunman perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Why does the U.S. lack a comprehensive gun control policy? After the violence at Columbine High School, Kristin Goss began studying the gun control movement in America.


#HumansofDukeSanford Naina Soin Kapil MIDP'18

MIDP student Naina Soin Kapil

“I come from India. I’m an officer of commute in Indian government service. And I have been dealing with taxes for the past 18 years. I was just looking for an opportunity where I can get an overall global perspective and exposure to what I have been doing all these years. So public policy will give me a holistic perspective of things. Essentially I’m looking to learn about taxation policies in an international perspective – how other countries go about it, the comparison. I will also be learning about the U.S. federal taxation law. So everything will give me a very broad perspective and it will add to my experience and work. I think it’s going to be a very wonderful input and look forward to my stay of 1 year here. I look forward to a lot of takeaways from here.”