The faculty at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy have earned national and international recognition for excellence in research, policy engagement and teaching.

Sanford has a diverse mix of academic scholars and professors of the practice whose practical experience in top leadership roles enhances the classroom experience.

Faculty members collaborate across disciplines to explore questions relating to income inequality, obesity and hunger, energy policy, child neglect and abuse, access to health care, democratization, foreign policy and global concerns.

Featured Faculty

Professor Deondra Rose


Deondra Rose  is the Director of Polis: Center for Politics and Co-director of the North Carolina Scholars Strategy Network (SSN).  Her research focuses on the feedback effects of landmark social policies on the American political landscape. 


Tenure-track professors


Research & Practice Professors


Professors Emeriti

In total, Sanford has 36 tenure-track professors; 28 research professors and professors of the practice; four lecturers; and 11 professors emeriti.

The Sanford School’s faculty includes 14 who hold distinguished chairs, as well as six members of the National Academies and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Faculty members lead interdisciplinary centers within the Sanford School, including the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, the DeWitt Center for Media and Democracy, the Hart Leadership Program, the World Food Policy Center, and the Duke Center for International Development (DCID). Through DCID, Sanford offers international policy consulting services and executive education to international mid-career professionals. 


Learn about Sanford's strengths

Our areas of strength directly relate to the grand challenges of policy. The strengths of the school are augmented by larger strengths and networks within Duke and beyond. 

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