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Pearson Appointed to New Endowed Professorship

 July 21, 2022

Sanford Associate Professor Jay Pearson has been named as the inaugural McLain Foundation Associate Professor of Public Policy.

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It is one of 13 Bass Connections professorships, which recognize faculty whose scholarship and teaching align with the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the program. Faculty are appointed to these chairs in coordination with the leadership of their department and school. Individuals receiving Bass Connections professorships hold them for an initial term of up to seven years, with the possibility of renewal.

Pearson’s research, teaching and advocacy address how policy-sponsored, structurally rooted social inequality influence health inequities. Pearson is a faculty research scholar in the Duke Population Research Center and the Duke Global Health Institute and has co-led a Bass Connections project that examined the Guatemalan deportation crisis from the perspective of both recent deportees and North Carolina’s Guatemalan community.

Through the generosity of donors and the Bass Connections Challenge Fund, Bass Connections has partnered with Duke schools to create 13 faculty professorships.

Other Sanford faculty who hold Bass Connections chairs are Steven Sexton and Gavin Yamey. Yamey has just been named the Hymowitz Professor of the Practice of Global Health. He also holds a secondary appointment as a professor of the practice of public policy.  Sexton is the Mark and Lynne Florian Associate Professor of Public Policy.