Welcome to Sanford!

Manoj Mohanan
Interim Dean Manoj Mohanan

I am deeply grateful to be part of such an exceptional community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who embody our commitment to rigorous academic inquiry and impactful policy research at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Together, we tackle the most challenging societal issues through our culture of collaborative and interdisciplinary research. Sanford is a wonderful example of Duke’s signature strengths in interdisciplinarity, applied scholarship and experiential learning. As such, we are connected to so many parts of our great university, which is celebrating 100 years.

At Sanford, we empower our students to become the next generation of leaders and changemakers in policymaking. We equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to confront the complex challenges of our era, preparing them to make a profound impact on a global scale. Our degree programs range from bachelor’s to doctoral degrees, with more than 400 graduate/professional students and more than 300 undergraduate majors in our school.

Our faculty, renowned for their policy-focused research, transform teaching and learning every day. Together with our passionate students, we amplify our impact and drive evidence-based policy decisions that shape our shared future. Sanford has almost 70 tenure-track, research professors, professors of the practice and lecturers; as well as many Duke faculty with secondary appointments in the school.

Our global network spans over 10,000 alumni in more than 100 countries, with a dedication to advancing public policy and making a positive difference in the world.

Looking ahead, our vision is to continue innovating and breaking boundaries in education, research and community engagement. We are committed to fostering an environment where ideas flourish, and where faculty, students, alumni and policymakers collaborate to address urgent issues facing society today.

Whether you are a current student, an esteemed alum, or a prospective member of our community, I invite you to explore the transformative opportunities Sanford has to offer. All are welcome at Sanford.

Together, let's uphold Sanford's legacy of excellence, embrace innovation and foster inclusivity as we navigate the policy complexities of today and tomorrow. Thank you for your support.

Warm regards,

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20 Questions with Manoj Mohanan

This was recorded in 2024 prior to Manoj assuming the role of interim Dean.

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