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Sanford School Alumni Receive Fulbright Student Awards

Five Sanford School of Public Policy alumni are among the 13 Duke University students and alumni who received Fulbright awards for 2018-2019. A sixth earned a certificate in child and family policy from the Center for Child and Family Policy.

Here are the Sanford School alumni, their host countries and projects:

  • Medha Gudavalli PPS ’16, Ecuador: English instruction
  • Vanessa Lusa PPS ’18, Spain: English instruction
  • Attyat Mayans, T ’18, CCFP certificate, China: China’s ...

PhD Candidate Earns Award

Emma Zang, a Duke PhD candidate in Public Policy, has received the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. Emma’s research has focused on the gendered consequences of the 2011 Chinese Divorce Reform.

The award was established by the China Scholarship Council in 2003 and is one of the highest awards given by the Chinese Government to graduate students who ...


Krishna’s ‘The Broken Ladder’ Receives Prestigious Book Prize

Anirudh Krishna, professor of public policy and political science, has been selected to receive the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize for his book, The Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion.

The prize, awarded annually by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), recognizes interdisciplinary scholarship in South Asian studies “that promises to define or redefine the understanding of whole subject areas.”



Alumna Named to List of ‘30 Under 30 in Sustainability’

Stephanie Brown MPP/MBA’16 was named a Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability for 2018 by the magazine Corporate Knights. Brown was being recognized for her work at Amazon as a pathways operations manager. She was the co-leader of a fixed-cost initiative in 24 fulfillment centers that included sustainability projects focused on reducing ...


Barnes Named Grant Scholar Finalist

Carolyn Barnes, assistant professor of public policy at the Sanford School, has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 William T. Grant Scholars Program. Ten early-career researchers were selected from a pool of 52 applicants by the William T. Grant Foundation

The program ...


PhD Candidate Receives Horowitz Foundation Grant

PhD candidate Laura Bellows has received a grant of $7,500 from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy to support her research.  Her project, Immigration Enforcement and Student Achievement, looks at the impact of immigration enforcement on students' educational outcomes.

During the last term of the Bush administration and the first term of the Obama administration, detentions in and removals from the U.S. interior increased dramatically. Immigration ...


Congratulations to Susan George - New Position

Susan George James T ’90 has accepted a new position at the Sanford School. Effective immediately, Susan will serve as the assistant director of development and alumni relations, providing day-to-day leadership for the Sanford School’s alumni engagement programs.

For the past several years, Susan has worked closely with Tony Brown to deliver best in class alumni engagement opportunities to the more than 2,000 alumni of the Hart Leadership program. ...


PhD Candidate Bellows Receives Horowitz Foundation Grant

PhD candidate Laura Bellows has received a grant of $7,500 from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy to support her research.  Her project, Immigration Enforcement and Student Achievement, looks at how recent increases in immigration enforcement affect educational disparities by immigration statue and ethnicity.

The foundation ...


Glenday, longtime professor at Sanford, DCID, retires

On Friday August 31st, Graham Glenday, professor of the practice of public policy, celebrated his retirement with Sanford colleagues, friends, and family. After 17 years of service to Duke, he will transition to Professor of the Practice Emeritus on September 1, 2018. In his new role, he will remain engaged with DCID and Sanford on specific projects and programs. He will relocate to Cape Town, South Africa.

Glenday was ...


Darity Named to List of Top 75 Influential Economists

William Darity, Jr

William Darity, Jr. is #35 on the list of 75 Top Economic Influencers to Follow by the website Focus Economics.  The list includes academics, industry professionals, central bankers and journalists who have significant followings on Twitter and share thoughts on economics, finance and politics.  

The list is headed by New York Times columnist and economics professor Paul Krugman and statistician Nate Silver. The rankings are based on number of followers. ...


Krishna Book Shortlisted for New India Foundation Prize

The New India Foundation (NIF) has announced the shortlist for the first Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize for the best nonfiction book on modern India. The list of six books includes The Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion by the Sanford School's Anirudh Krishna, professor of public policy and political science.

“With memoir, oral history, political theory and public policy all represented on it, the shortlist reflects the Foundation’s ecumenical charter of recognizing high-quality nonfiction regardless of genre and ideology,” said ...


Heiss Receives ISTR Emerging Scholar Dissertation Award

Sanford School alumnus Andrew Heiss PhD’17 has received the 2018 Emerging Scholar Dissertation Award from the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR). The award is given biennially to the best dissertation pertaining to civil society, nonprofit organizations or philanthropy, and includes $1,000. His dissertation was chosen from 61 submitted from throughout the world. The award was presented at the ISTR Conference in Amsterdam on July 10.

Heiss’s ...