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Bull City 150 Project Receives Fair Housing Advocacy Award

mill village in Durham circa 1920

BullCity150, a project led by Sanford Professor Bob Korstad, was presented with a Fair Housing Advocacy Award at the Hayti Heritage Center on April 4.

Korstad, a professor of public policy and history, is the faculty director for ...


Gifford Receives Duke Meritorious Service Award

Beth Gifford, assistant research professor of public policy, has been selected to receive a Duke University Meritorious Service Award in recognition of her work with young children and with veteran’s health in Durham.

At the Center for Child and Family Policy, Gifford oversees the NC Education Research Data Center and directs data initiatives. She is co-principal investigator for a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and ...


Gassman-Pines Receives Dean’s Award for Mentoring

Anna Gassman-Pines

Anna Gassman-Pines, associate professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience, is a recipient of the 2018 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring. This award is given annually by Duke’s Graduate School, selected by senior deans and students representing the major disciplines in graduate education at the university. It recognizes faculty who have a consistent record of good mentoring.  Gassman-Pines will be ...


Human Rights Lawyer Comes to Sanford

David Tolbert

Human rights lawyer David Tolbert will spend nine months at the Sanford School as a visiting scholar. Tolbert is the former president of the International Center for Transitional Justice, which focuses on redress and resolution in post-conflict regions. He spent much of his career abroad and has helped oversee justice initiatives in, Lebanon, Cambodia and what was then Yugoslavia.

At Sanford, he will spend most of his time researching and writing on issues such as ways to improve ...


Sanford Scholars Among Most Influential in Education

For the fifth year in a row, two Sanford School of Public Policy professors, Helen Ladd and Charles Clotfelter were ranked in the top 100 of the most influential scholars in education in a list released by Education Week on Jan. 10.  The ...


Kelley Receives Albie Award

Senior Associate Dean Judith Kelley received an Albie Award for her book Scorecard Diplomacy: Grading State to Influence Their Reputation and Behavior. The book lays out the case that nations care about their ...


Senior Amy Kramer named Schwarzman Scholar

Senior Amy Kramer has been named a Schwarzman Scholar, a program that funds one year of study in Beijing, China.

Kramer, a Robertson Scholar and ROTC Cadet, majors in public policy and political science, with concentrations in U.S. foreign policy and security, peace and conflict studies. She is interested in the strategic security benefits of mainstreaming gender perspectives in military operations, and has done research in Rwanda, Israel and the United States on women’s leadership in this area. Kramer plans a career in shaping a more inclusive U.S. defense policy and in forging new ...


Ladd Appointed to Governor’s Commission on Education

Helen F. Ladd, the Susan B. King Professor Emerita of Public Policy, has been appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound, Basic Education. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper created the commission by executive order. ...


Tuesday's election winners have Sanford ties

Steve Schewel, a visiting assistant professor in the Sanford School, will become Durham’s mayor after winning his election Tuesday. He is a current member of the Durham city council and had been on the school board before that. Schewel, who graduated from Duke in 1973, teaches courses in the Hart Leadership Program.

In Virginia, Justin Fairfax PPS’00 will be the state’s next Lieutenant Governor. He won 52.7 percent of the vote share in a hotly contested race. A Democrat, Fairfax will be only the second African American to hold the position ever. At Duke, Fairfax served as a young ...


Burness Elected Chair of Durham Tech Trustees

John F. Burness, retired senior vice president for public affairs and government relations at Duke University and an adjunct professor in the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy, has been elected chair of the Durham Technical Community College Board of Trustees. He has been a Durham Tech Trustee since 2009 and ...


Bennett Wins Emmy Award

Phil Bennett, Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Sanford, co-produced a PBS FRONTLINE documentary that won an Emmy on Oct. 5.

“The Choice 2016,” won an ...


New Scholarships for MPP Students

The Sanford School is offering two new scholarships for MPP students that cover full tuition, fees, and living expenses, the Duke-Margolis Scholarship and the Sanford Family Fellowship.

The Terry and Laurie Sanford Family Fellowship is awarded to outstanding student leaders committed to addressing disparities affecting underserved communities. It is made possible by a gift from the family of the school’s founder. Fellows are incoming U.S. MPP students from underrepresented groups with strong academic credentials and service to underserved populations.

The Duke-Margolis ...