Bundorf Named Sanford Faculty Director for Research Programs

 June 5, 2024

Kate Bundorf
M. Kate Bundorf

The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University announces the appointment of faculty member M. Kate Bundorf as the inaugural faculty director for research programs for the school, beginning July 1. 

Bundorf is the J. Alexander McMahon Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management. She is a professor of public policy and population health sciences, as well as a core faculty member in the Duke Margolis Institute for Health Policy. She is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Her research focuses on health policy and the economics of health care systems. She has studied public and private health insurance markets, the organization of health care providers and consumer decision making in health care. Her research has been published in leading economic and health policy journals and has received funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She received the 13th Annual Health Care Research Award from The National Institute for Health Care Management in 2007.

She earned her PhD from The Wharton School and her MBA and MPH from The University of California at Berkeley. She was a Fulbright lecturer at Fudan School of Public Health in Shanghai, China from 2009-2010.

Manoj Mohanan, senior associate dean for faculty affairs, said Bundorf’s deep research footprint and background are a stellar combination for this new role in the school. Bundorf will oversee grant relations, manage faculty pilot awards, manage the research operations and team of the school, and champion Sanford research priorities.

“Kate is a top interdisciplinary scholar who is extremely active and collaborative in her research,” Mohanan said. “She has deep knowledge in building research portfolios and mentoring others in this area. Sanford’s research will continue to grow with her leadership.”

Sanford has a diverse mix of academic scholars and professors of the practice whose practical experience in top leadership roles enhances the classroom experience. The school has almost 70 faculty members and many additional faculty with secondary appointments in public policy. Faculty members collaborate across disciplines to explore questions relating to the school’s key themes:  energy and environment, health policy, international development policy, media and democracy, national security, social policy and technology policy.

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