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Sanford Professors Teach New Spring Breakthrough Courses

Three Sanford professors will teach in the first session of Spring Breakthrough next March.  The pilot program offers a five-day course over spring break.  Noah Pickus is examining music, history and politics through the hit musical “Hamilton.” In Free Beer and Other Forces That Get Us to Misbehave, Dan Ariely leads students in experiments in behavioral ...


Michael Pelle Wins Holsti Prize for Honors Thesis

Michael Pelle

Sanford alumus Michael Pelle PPS’16 won the Ole Holsti Prize, the Duke University Libraries award for excellence in undergraduate research using primary sources for political science or public policy. He received the award and the $1,000 cash prize for the best undergraduate thesis written for Graduation for Distinction at a ceremony on Nov. 4. His public policy honors thesis, “Racial Framing and Public Support for Ex-Felon Disenfranchisement” examined the influence of ...


Sanford PhD Candidate Receives Grant

PhD Candidate Laura Bellows received a grant from the Educational Opportunity Monitoring Project, established by the Russell Sage Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation to address educational opportunity in the U.S.  Bellows will use the $6,200 grant to study the effects of immigration enforcement policy on the Hispanic-white achievement gaps.  Using data from the Stanford Education Data Archive and the Secure Communities Program, she ...


Judith Kelley Receives First Brownell-Whetten Diversity and Inclusion Award

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Sanford Senior Associate Dean Judith Kelley has received the first Brownell-Whetten Diversity and Inclusion Award for outstanding commitment to inclusive excellence. She has been an active support of the school’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and has worked to ensure that the faculty recruitment process incorporates efforts to consider diverse candidates. She also facilitated a faculty discussion of Claude Steele’s book, Whistling Vivaldi: and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us. Sanford faculty, students and staff are eligible to be nominated. The award was presented by ...


Brownell to Give Keynote Speech at Obesity Week Conference

Kelly Brownell, dean of the Sanford School, is the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Integrated Health Keynote Speaker at the ObesityWeek 2016 conference in New Orleans, Oct. 31-Nov. 4.  It is the largest international conference on obesity, and will showcase more than 1,000 research abstracts on obesity treatments, the science of weight loss, and public policy.  The fourth annual conference is hosted by The Obesity Society and ASMBS and more than ...


APSA Names Barnes as Stone Scholar

Carolyn Barnes.

Assistant Professor Carolyn Barnes has been named a Clarence Stone Scholar by the Urban and Local Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. The award recognizes up to two post-PhD scholars who are early in their careers for significant contribution to the study of urban politics. The winners were recognized at the Stone Scholar dinner and the business meeting of the section at the annual ASPA conference on Friday, September 2. Barnes' research explores the social and political implications of social policy focused on childcare policy, family services, and supports for ...


Schanzer to Take Part in Congressional Briefing on Violence and Violence Prevention

On Sept. 27, Sanford Professor David Schanzer will take part in a Congressional briefing on violence in the Rayburn House Building in Washington, D.C. He will be one of eight panelists of researchers, policy experts, and educators discussing current research about violence, and present cutting-edge approaches ...


PhD Candidate Andrew Heiss Receives Award

PhD candidate Andrew Heiss has received a 2016 Staats Emerging Scholars Award from NASPAA.  Given to three PhD candidates entering the job market in the coming year, the winners will present a paper at the annual conference before leaders in the field. The award includes a cash prize, complimentary conference registration and travel funds. He researches the restrictions placed on international NGOs by authoritarian regimes.


PhD Candidate Vance-McMullen Receives Horowitz Grant

PhD candidate Danielle Vance-McMullen has received a grant of $7,500 from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy to support her research. Her project, The Nonprofit Organization Boom and Its Consequences for Charitable Giving, focuses on the effects of the recent dramatic growth of nonprofits organizations.  Vance-McMullen is one of 19 scholars from around the world receiving the grants for 2015.


Darity Gives Lewis-Oaxaca Lecture

William "Sandy" Darity, Jr, gave the Lewis-Oaxaca Distinguished Lecture On "Genetics and Inequality" at the 2016 AEA Summer Mentoring Pipeline Conference at Michigan State University in July. He was given a plaque recognizing the event by Marie Mora, director of the American Economics Association Mentoring Program, which seeks to address the under-representation of racial and ethnic scholars among those seeking a doctoral degree in economics. 


Amicus Brief by Ananat Cited in Supreme Court Decision

Associate Professor Elizabeth Ananat joined an amicus brief that was cited twice in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of ...