Sanford’s mission is to improve lives and communities by researching the most pressing public policy issues and preparing students for lives of leadership, civic engagement, and public service. Media and democracy are cornerstones of Sanford’s work. Through research, faculty are building knowledge about policy, democracy, and journalism. Faculty also teach skills for future leaders, public servants, journalists, and engaged citizens.
Related Programs & Courses
The Public Policy Studies major is a perennial top major at Duke University.
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
PhD in Public Policy
Sample Stories & Research
Tinae Bluitt was a staffer for Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer prior to coming to Duke. “Working on the Hill is one of the reasons that led me back to graduate school," she says. "I want to work to change polices that are currently not based on data ... I want to return to Washington more prepared to help change policies.”
What can you do with a focus on media & democracy?
Emily Feng is a foreign correspondent. Working for the Financial Times, she uncovered key information surrounding the Chinese oppression of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, China. Her coverage won several awards. Feng now works as NPR’s Beijing correspondent.
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