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Faculty Highlights of 2019

December 29, 2019

Faculty from the Sanford School of Public Policy are exploring solutions to some of the world’s greatest policy challenges. We highlight some of the faculty features of 2019:

Sarah Bermeo - foreign policy and development research

Sarah Bermeo smilingSarah Bermeo, an associate professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, discusses U.S. foreign aid policy strategy in a recent episode of Policy 360. Bermeo is author of the book Targeted Development: Industrialized Country Strategy in a Globalizing World (Oxford University Press). She also detailed impacts of cutting foreign aid to Central American countries in this Brookings Institution blog post

Philip Cook - Stockholm Prize for research on gun violence

Phil CookEconomist Philip J. Cook, a professor in Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, has been awarded the prestigious Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his decades of research on gun violence and its wide-ranging effects on society. The prize will be awarded in a ceremony in Stockholm on June 10, 2020. A revised edition of his book, The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know, co-authored with Kristin A. Goss, professor of public policy, will be released in 2020.

William A. Darity Jr. - Baby bonds research

Sandy DaritySamuel DuBois Cook Distinguished Professor of Public Policy William A. Darity, Jr. and his colleague Darrick Hamilton propose giving every newborn in the United States a “baby bond” at birth, to be held in trust until the child reaches adulthood. It would belong to the child, not to the family. The trust could provide capital start-up funds – an endowment to begin asset-building, to help pay for college, to buy a house or to start a business. In this multimedia feature, The Big Idea: Baby Bonds, he explores groundbreaking work on a policy to combat poverty and inequality.

Kenneth Dodge - Violence prevention research

Ken DodgeHow can we prevent children from growing up to kill each other? Kenneth Dodge, Pritzker Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, has explored this area of research for decades. In this multimedia feature, The Big Idea: Preventing Violence, Dodge details the causes of aggression in children and the interventions to prevent aggressive behavior throughout their lives.

Judith Kelley - Scorecard diplomacy strategies

Judith KelleyUsing data to rate countries doesn't just help us understand their behavior, it actually changes it. Dean Judith Kelley explores the impacts of rankings. “What can we do to get countries to stop mistreating people?” she asks. In this multimedia feature, The Big Idea: Scorecard Diplomacy, Judith Kelley shares strategies can be used on the international stage to ensure fair elections or secure basic human rights. 

Anirudh Krishna - In-depth studies on poverty

Anirudh KrishnaTwo central questions drive Anirudh Krishna’s research into poverty: why do some poor people escape poverty and others do not, and why do some well-off people fall into poverty? Krishna, the Edgar T. Thompson Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, has written and edited several books on these questions. In this multimedia feature Poverty: Ladders, Traps and Windows, Krishna shares forces of poverty and strategies to combat poverty around the world.

Phil Napoli – Media regulation and policy research

Phil NapoliPhil Napoli, James R. Shepley Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, has provided expert testimony to the U.S. Senate, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission among other government entities. He is the author of the new book, Social Media and the Public Interest: Media Regulation in the Disinformation Age. In this episode of Policy 360, he discusses potential government regulation of social media platforms.

Alexander Pfaff - Contributor to UN global report

Alex PfaffIn a new intergovernmental report, scientists say a million species of plants and animals could go extinct due to climate change, many within our lifetimes. Professor Alexander Pfaff contributed to the United Nations’ IPBES (Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) Global Assessment. In this episode of Policy 360, Pfaff talks about history, and the five hurdles that have tripped policymakers and advocates up in the past when it comes to reversing environmental loss.

Tim Profeta - Testimony to Congress on climate change

Tim ProfetaProfessor Tim Profeta spoke to the Energy and Commerce Committee and Energy & Commerce Committee Republicans in December about the concept of using a federal/state partnership to help the U.S. do its part to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Read his full written testimony.



Peter Ubel - National Academy of Medicine honor

Peter UbelProfessor Peter A. Ubel, M.D., who holds faculty appointments in Fuqua School of Business, Sanford School of Public Policy and the School of Medicine, is among 100 new members elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine this year. Ubel, the Madge and Dennis T. McLawhorn University Professor, was selected for his research on the psychology of health care decision-making that has revealed the unconscious and irrational forces that influence choices made by patients and physicians.

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