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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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." ...


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 ...