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Professor Joins Amicus Brief on COVID-19 Restrictions Case

Gavin Yamey, professor of the practice of global health and public policy, is one of four public health experts who signed an amicus curiae brief submitted in a court case over COVID-19 restrictions in California.  Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, Inc. are suing California Governor Gavin Newsom over his executive orders banning indoor services over 25% ...


Review of research on energy use impacts in low- and middle-income countries

Approximately 3 billion people live in energy poverty or have not made the transition to clean or sustainable energy. Marc Jeuland and Subhrendu Pattanayak led a systematic review of the social science literature of the impacts of low- and middle-income country energy interventions and transitions. The research team screened 80,000 papers and ...


SoRelle Received Best Paper Award from APSA/Public Policy Section

Mallory SoRelle, assistant professor of public policy, received the Best Paper on Public Policy Award for 2020 from the American Political Science Association (APSA) for her paper, ...


Napoli Receives Book Award from Broadcast Education Association

Philip Napoli, James R. Shepley professor of public policy, has received the annual Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Book Award for his latest book, Social Media and the Public Interest: Media Regulation in the Disinformation Age, published by Columbia University Press. The award was established in 2020 to recognize an outstanding book written by a BEA member in the field of broadcasting and mass communication.  The award is given at the annual awards ...


Litow appointed to NYC Mayor advisory council on education

Faculty member Stanley Litow is among the appointees advising New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on reopening New York City’s schools. Litow is among the 45 education leaders on the Education Sector Advisory Council, announced in May. The council is one of several informing the administration’s efforts to restart the economy and city life, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Litow, an adjunct faculty member in the Sanford School of Public Policy, is a trustee and chair of the Academic Affairs Committee at the ...


Policy Brief Promotes Accurate Information Online

The current coronavirus outbreak has taught us important lessons about the negative impact of closed information regimes on efforts to contain and combat emerging pandemics, the importance of an open internet, and the dangers of mis- and disinformation. The latest policy brief from the Center on Science & Technology Policy examines the role China’s restrictive information practice played in enabling the rapid spread of the disease, and how mis- and disinformation is complicating efforts to control the virus.

In their policy brief, the authors provide recommendations for how tech ...


Duke-Margolis Paper Details Strategies to Treat COVID-19

Efficiently launching medical products to combat the current and future outbreaks of COVID-19 requires supporting the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) work with manufacturers that have high potential to develop and deliver needed diagnostics, therapeutics, and prophylactics, stated former FDA Commissioners Scott Gottlieb, MD and Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, professor of business and public policy, in a working paper issued today by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.

The ...


Lansford Named Association for Psychological Science Fellow

Jennifer Lansford, research professor with the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, has been elected as an Association for Psychological Science Fellow. Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in research, teaching, service and/or application after at least 10 years of postdoctoral work.

Typically, fellow ...


Darity Receives Dean’s Award for Mentoring

William “Sandy” Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook distinguished professor of public policy, has received a 2020 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The award is given annually by the Duke Graduate School to recognize faculty and PhD candidates who have a consistent record of excellence in ...


A Sanford student and an alumni named Schwarzman Scholars

Two of the five Duke University students and alumni named as Schwazman Scholars for 2020 also majored in public policy; Max Labaton PPS’20 and Steve Soto PPS’17. The program funds a year of study in Beijing, China, at Tsingha University, for a master’s degree in global affairs. Scholars are selected based on leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and interest in understanding other cultures.

Labaton is managing editor of The Chronicle and a student leader in the American Grand Strategy Program. In 2016, he interned with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. He has worked for the U. ...


Gassman-Pines Awarded Grant by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Anna Gassman-Pines, WLF Bass Connections associate professor of public policy, has been awarded a grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth to evaluate the Philadelphia Fair Workweek Standard.

The grant of $72,000 will fund a daily diary study of 1,000 Philadelphia workers in low-wage service occupations who have a young child in the home. The study ...


Antepli Named to NonProfit Times Top 50

Imam Abdullah Antepli has been named to the NonProfit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50. The honorees were chosen for having distinguished themselves as initiators and leaders. Antepli was selected for his work as co-founder of the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI) at the Shalom Hartman Institute, "a historic effort to bring Jews and Muslims together to learn about each other." ...