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He Predicted a Pandemic [Podcast]

On January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19. The pandemic has grown rapidly, and the United States has quickly become the epicenter.


Student Voices: A Day with a Data Privacy Expert

It’s not often that I walk away from a talk with a completely new perspective, but data privacy and cyber security expert David Medine’s visit on Tuesday, February 25th made me do just that.


How Afterschool Programs Can Empower Parents [PODCAST]

In this episode: research into how government-funded afterschool programs for poor families are empowering politically motivated parents. Hear first-hand from staff and parents about how these programs have inspired change in their community and learn what elements build effective programs.


US News: Duke Public Policy Programs Among Nation’s Best

Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy is among the nation’s top graduate schools in public affairs/public policy analysis, according to U.S. News and World Report’s list of “2021 Best Graduate Schools.” Sanford has four top 10 rankings in the specialties of Public Policy Analysis, Environmental Policy and Management, Social Policy and Health Policy and Management.


POSTPONED: Graduation Parking Information - Graduate Ceremony May 9

The graduation ceremony for the Master of Public Policy, Master of International Development and PhD candidates is in Wilson Recreation Center on Towerview Drive, next to the tennis courts.


COVID-19 Updates Specific to the Sanford School of Public Policy

This webpage provides information and guidance specific to the Sanford School of Public Policy community. Please also refer to the following Duke University resource pages:

For other questions, please contact your academic dean, program director or supervisor. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, and appreciate your patience given the rapidly changing situation. We will update this page regularly.


Student Voices: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Policy Conference at Duke

Technologists and policymakers often function within isolated communities, despite the desperate need for collaboration and cooperation. Policymakers sidestep critical tech issues due to their lack of technical expertise while technologists operate within dangerously gray areas. As a tech-enthusiast and public policy major, I saw an opportunity to become an expert in two seemingly different fields.


POSTPONED: Sanford Graduation Ceremonies

Commencement weekend is the happiest time of the academic year, when our students walk the stage to receive their diplomas. We celebrate our Sanford students and their guests in two ceremonies: one for the undergraduate students on Friday, May 8; and one for masters and PhD students on Saturday, May 9.


Alumna Pays It Forward by Investing in Women

Lori Cashman PPS ’94 was at a turning point in her private equity career. She had backed off of her workload and travel schedule to focus on supporting one of her children through some medical issues. As her child’s issues subsided, she felt a call to action, a call to use her passion for investing in a more intentional and meaningful way.


When Local News Dries Up [Podcast]

On this episode of the Ways & Means podcast: a look at why local news is struggling, why that matters for democracy and what can be done about it. Listen:


Duke Faculty Assess Primary Results

Former Vice President Joe Biden won North Carolina’s Democratic primary with 43% of votes cast Tuesday, according to unofficial results. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders garnered 24.10% of the vote to place second.

Duke University political experts assess the results.


New Faculty Books for 2020

Sanford faculty members have been busy writing and several of their books are either out already or coming soon.