Building on Strengths in the New Year

 January 11, 2023


Dear Friends,

This was a year of celebrating both history and many firsts!

In the academic year 2021-22, Sanford celebrated 50 years of public policy education and scholarship at Duke University. We also launched our first hybrid degree, our executive Master of National Security Policy program, a brand-new degree we created. Other firsts included launching the health policy undergraduate certificate program together with the Margolis Center for Health Policy and the Cybersecurity Leadership executive education program. One (brave) faculty member led over 110 incoming first-year students on a trip to experience the Washington, D.C. policy world up close!

All these firsts notwithstanding, our faculty and staff still managed to drive their cutting-edge research programs that are truly moving the needle through congressional testimony, findings that can inform policy, and on the ground engagement of stakeholders. Meanwhile, we both graduated and welcomed some of the most diverse classes of students to date. These students are powerful vectors that magnify the impact of Sanford.

This 2021-2022 report shares some of these highlights with you. Learn about our research impact through engagement, or peruse the books, awards and scholarly accomplishments of the faculty. Check out what our professional programs looked like this year, the accomplishments of our engaged alumni or the many highlights of the undergraduate experience.

All of these amazing things are possible only because of people working together, united in purpose. Sanford is people, and that includes you. Thank you to everyone who has made all this possible. This report is for you.


Judith Kelley
Dean and ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Political Science


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