Growing up in India, Indermit Gill always thought of economics in terms of improving people’s lives. Gill spent more than 20 years as an economist with the World Bank, most recently as the director for development policy. In October, he will take the helm as director of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) in Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Dirk Philipsen wears many hats. An economist and historian, he serves as a senior research scholar and fellow at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. This year he also takes on responsibilities as an associate research professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He recently wrote a book about GDP as the world’s predominant measure of economic performance, The Little Big Number: How GDP Came to Rule the World and What to do About It.
Phil Napoli joins Sanford faculty this fall as the James R. Shepley professor of public policy and a faculty affiliate of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. He comes to Duke from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Napoli’s field of expertise is media regulation and policy. His recent book, Audience Evolution: New Technologies and the Transformation of Media Audiences, examines how developments in technology have affected how the media make sense of their audiences.
Combating human trafficking around the world was not what Susan Coppedge PPS’88 expected to be doing after leaving Duke. Initially, she wanted to practice environmental law. But an experience while she was an assistant U.S. attorney put the Stanford law grad on the path that eventually would lead to her current job: Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State.
For Sarah Komisarow, stepping into a Sanford classroom is coming home. She graduated summa cum laude from Duke in 2008, with a B.A. in Public Policy. When she returns this fall, she’ll have a new title—this time, she’ll be Professor Komisarow.
So I won a contest that’s looks for new ideas for ‘blind spots’ in international development. (It was beginner’s luck, I didn’t think it would be that good!) Coming from Indonesia, I worked for the government in forestry. In Indonesia, one of the biggest issues is deforestation. It’s one of the top deforesters in the world. We don’t have the capacity to enforce or monitor rules. So I proposed the idea of using drones.
Between baseball and his coursework, Jalen Phillips PPS’16 has a lot on his plate.Phillips, a left-hander who plays first base and outfield for Duke, decided to study public policy to seek solutions to issues of inequality. “I find it interesting that there are pretty large disparities between what the wealthy could afford and what those that did not have much could afford,” the Ocoee, Fla., native said. “I realized that changes through policy … it is the sword that gets things done.”
Sanford student Bahari Harris, who is also pursuing an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, was named the Julian Abele Student of the Year. The award recognizes students who have excelled in the classroom, in community service and in campus involvement. Before Sanford, Harris started a nonprofit in Durham, N.C. called Urban Hope.
Claire Herminjard PPS’05 is the founder and CEO of Mindful Meats, a company based in Point Reyes Station, Calif., that supplies pasture-raised, certified organic beef to consumers.
Earlier this year, Charlotte, N.C., passed an ordinance that, among other things, allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. A month later, the North Carolina General Assembly called a special session and passed House Bill 2 (HB2). HB2 essentially repeals the Charlotte ordinance. Hunter Buckworth, a graduate student at Sanford, talks about HB2 and the climate at Sanford.
Sarah Strunk PPS’87 never envisioned she would be working in public health, much less that she would have to consider the needs of a local pig hunters’ association to do it.
As Senior Manager for Global Responsibility at Walmart, Luis Maes MPP’14 is tasked with leading a five-year, $100 million initiative that seeks to address a fundamental challenge in the retail employment landscape – how to better train and advance entry-level workers.