You are here



Women Foreign Leaders Visit Sanford School, Discuss Counter-Terrorism

Emerging leaders from Central and Southern Asian countries, all of them women, visited the Sanford School last week to learn about research on counter-terrorism and community policing to stop violent extremism. The 10 women leaders from seven countries included governmental, law enforcement, and nonprofit leaders from Afghanistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal and Pakistan.


#HumansOfDukeSanford: Onur Varoğlu, MIDP Candidate

I’m from Turkey, and I worked for the Minister of Finance there before coming to Sanford. It was a good job. It was a hard job, but hard is good. As a government official, you have to deal with difficult, unexpected situations.


Ross Warns of Peril of Taking Democracy for Granted

Tom Ross

“We believe that our democracy is permanent and resilient,” said Tom Ross, former president of the UNC system. But the anger, fear and division revealed by the recent election are signs that it “is inching toward failure and we ignore that to our peril. There are millions who believe the government isn’t working for them." Ross made his comments in a Dec. 1 lecture at Sanford.


New Research-Policy Center to Address Future of Financing Global Health

Duke Global Health sign

A new policy lab opening today at the Duke Global Health Institute will address financing solutions aimed at improving the health of the world’s poor.


New Orleans Mayor Talks about Cities as Centers of Innovation

Mitch Landrieu speaks at Sanford

“You’ve heard about the difference in theory and practice?” asked New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Senators work in theory and out in space. Mayors work in real time,” he said, describing the differences in governing at the federal and local level during a talk at the Sanford School on Nov. 28.


Talk by New Orleans 'Turnaround' Mayor Kicks Off Innovator-in-Residence Program

New Orleans skyline

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will speak about his role in reinvigorating the Louisiana port city in a talk at Duke University on Monday, Nov. 28.

The 5:30 p.m. talk, “Transforming Cities Through Innovation,” is a Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture. The event, which is open to the public, will take place in Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School of Public Policy, and will kick off the Sanford School’s Innovator-in-Residence program.


Dodge Receives 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award From Child Mind Institute

Ken Dodge

Kenneth A. Dodge, the founding director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, has received the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Dodge is the William McDougall Professor of Public Policy and a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. He is the seventh recipient of the annual award, which honors outstanding contributions to child mental health research.


OSPRI To Offer Course in Open Governance Innovation

OSPRI course

Emerging open innovation strategies have organizations from private companies to government agencies reaching beyond their borders to develop new ideas and find creative solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems. The governance of open data is a key factor to the success of these strategies.


#HumansOfDukeSanford: Lee Anne Jillings, PPS '88

Lee Anne Jillings

Charlie Clotfelter’s class was incredibly impactful and memorable. I’ve always been incredibly interested in public policy and human issues, and his class really brought those two together, from the role of the nonprofit in serving communities and needs that the federal systems wouldn’t support and private sector wouldn’t support. When I was at OSHA, after four years, I took a big risk and left to a startup nonprofit dealing with worker safety and health issues, and it was through inspiration from that class that it all fit together. To this day, I look back on that class as being one of the more impactful ones.


What Just Happened? Journalists Reflect On The Election At Zeidman Colloquium

Zeidman Colloquium

Four of the nation’s leading political reporters spoke to an overflowing crowd at the John Fisher Zeidman Memorial Colloquium on Politics and the Press on Saturday.

Titled “What Just Happened? Making Sense of the 2016 Election,” the talk featured reporters from The Washington PostThe New Yorker and Snapchat addressing the question of how Donald Trump won the election and how so many news readers—and writers—were blindsided by his victory.


Early Childhood Spending Benefits Don't Fade Away, NC Study Finds

children sitting in circle on floor

North Carolina’s investment in early child care and education programs resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placements through fifth grade, research from the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy fin


Biologist Uses Media, Rhyme to Resist Pressure over His Findings

Tyrone Hayes presents the 2016 Crown Lecture in Ethics.

UC Berkeley biologist Tyrone Hayes describes himself as, in the beginning, “a little boy who liked frogs.” On Monday at the Sanford School of Policy, he recounted how he ended up in a decades-long crusade against atrazine and its maker, Syngenta, a global agrochemical company. Mother Jones magazine called it one of “the weirdest feuds in the history of science.”