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Brent (B.J.) Rudell

Associate Director, POLIS


B.J. Rudell is the associate director of POLIS, collaborating with Fritz Mayer and Margaret Maes to advance civic engagement and civil discourse at Duke and throughout the country.  His 20+ year career has included stints on Capitol Hill, on a presidential campaign, in a newsroom, in classrooms, and for a consulting firm.  He has authored three books and numerous political op-eds, including for the Dallas Morning News and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Additionally, he has shared political insights on CNN, Fox News, and dozens of radio stations across the country.

A 1995 Davidson College graduate, B.J. was born and raised in New York City and, before moving to this area, also had lived in Washington, DC, Keene, NH, and Mumbai, India.  On the side, he performed and taught improvisational comedy for many years, has written and acted in many short films for the international 48 Hour Film Project, and has won several national fantasy sports competitions.

B.J. lives in Cary with his wife, Carey (yes, it’s a bit confusing) and their three young children.