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Rev. Barber Calls for Action to ‘Save Our Ship of State’

Rev. William Barber II

Rev. Dr. William Barber II delivered the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture and the Boyarsky Lecture in Law, Medicine and Ethics in Page Auditorium on Feb. 20. Barber is the former president of the NC chapter of the NAACP and the current president of Repairers of the Breech, which is reviving Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign.


The Fracking Debate [Podcast]

Fracking Debate book jacket

In recent years, oil and gas production in the U.S. has increased dramatically, in part because of new technology. High volume hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is one of these new processes. “Fracking” is hotly debated.


How Do Criminals Get Their Guns? [Podcast]

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Duke professor Philip J. Cook has been tracking the underground gun market in America for the last 15 years. For one project, his team went to one of the largest jails in the country and asked the inmates one simple question: where do you get your guns? Also on the podcast, a former Chicago gang member reflects on his life with guns.


Gerrymandering in North Carolina, Two Perspectives [Podcast]

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A panel of federal judges recently declared North Carolina's congressional maps unconstitutional. (Congressional maps divide the state into voting districts.) The maps had been drawn by Republicans and tilted heavily in their favor.


#HumansofDukeSanford Rachel Rubin PPS'19

As somebody with a lot of access to information still am not educated on all of the things that I feel I should be educated on. And so, that's kind of a foundational question of democracy - how, with a sprawling public that has a lot of different issues and people who assign different importance to different issues, how do you get people to a place where everybody has the same facts, everyone is operating with the same types of policy understanding? How do we get to a place where people are having meaningful debate? 


Books by Sanford Faculty Published in 2018

A new year brings new books! Sanford faculty members have been busy writing and several of their books are either out already or coming soon. Check out some of their works below with more to be added as they are published:


Policy Questions Around Facebook's Algorithm Changes [Podcast]


The algorithms that determine what we see on social media platforms wield a lot of power, especially when it comes to the news that people see. Facebook made big news recently when the company tweaked its algorithm. And did you know some real news stories are not written by humans, but by smart algorithm? In this episode of the Policy 360 podcast, Kelly Brownell discusses the promise and peril of algorithms with Phil Napoli. Napoli was recently awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to explore this topic more closely.


Military Women, Health Care Access, Fake News: Undergraduates’ Policy Research Reflects Interests, Career Plans

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By Adam Beyer

The public policy honors thesis program draws students with a diverse array of passions, all interested in pursuing original research.


Rev. Barber to Speak at Duke for World Day of Social Justice

William Barber

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, founder of the Forward Together Moral Movement, will speak on “Poverty, Health and Social Justice” Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Duke University’s Page Auditorium.


Alumna Leads North Carolina Community College System Through Transition

North Carolina has 58 community colleges, serving approximately 700,000 students annually, spread all across the state. Jennifer Haygood MPP’01 is one of the system’s top administrators.


Judith Kelley Named Dean of the Sanford School

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Judith Kelley, an expert on human rights, democracy and international elections, has been named dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.


What Works in Prison Reform

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The N.C. Department of Public Safety recently commissioned a study to determine how the state's prisons could be run more safely. Caitlin Saunders, a recent MPP graduate, and faculty member Joel Rosch wrote the report.