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News Tip: Sanford Expert on Expert on Addressing Root Causes of Migration From Central America

The drivers of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras include a complex mix of poor governance, corruption, lack of economic opportunity, violence, food insecurity exacerbated by climate change and a desire for family reunification. These have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and two category four hurricanes that caused widespread destruction in November.

President Joe Biden has pledged to spend $4 billion in Central America to address the root causes of migration. This week, Vice President Kamala Harris is traveling to Guatemala and Mexico to discuss the root ...


Darity Receives Inaugural Book Prize

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has awarded the inaugural ASALH book prize  to Professor William A. Darity, Jr. and co-author Kirsten Mullen for their book “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-first Century.”

The prize recognizes an outstanding book on African American history and culture. The winner was announced on Feb. 10 during ASALH’s 2021 Black History Month Virtual Festival. The selection committee received over ...


Boucher Named to 2021 School of Medicine LEADER Cohort

Nathan Boucher, assistant research professor of public policy and assistant professor of medicine, has been named to the Duke School of Medicine 2021 LEADER cohort. The Leadership Development for Researchers ( ...


Alumni Video Series Wins CASE Award

The Sanford School video blog series “#WhyPublicPolicyMatters” has received a Silver award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The series features alumni of the Sanford School who are on the front lines of policymaking during the pandemic. The first episode was posted on April 8, just three weeks after the team at the school started working remotely due to the pandemic. The alumni ...


Rangel Receives Award for Mentoring

Marcos Rangel photoAssociate Professor Marcos Rangel has received a 2021 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 mentoring students and junior scholars.

The recipients are selected by senior deans and students ...


Darity Receives a North Carolina Book Award

The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association has announced the N.C. Book Awards for 2020. The Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction goes to co-authors Professor William "Sandy" Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen for “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century.” 

Darity is the Samuel DuBose Cook Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at Duke University. Mullen is an author, folklorist and ...


Duke Professors Helped Draft G20 Policy Brief

Gavin Yamey, professor of the practice of global health and public policy, and Osondu Ogbuoji, assistant research professor of global health, were part of a team invited to write a policy brief on global public health goods and COVID-19 for this year’s G20 global summit.

The brief, ...


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 ...