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Scholar, Advocate and Documentary Filmmaker Joins the Sanford Faculty

The Sanford School welcomes Sally Nuamah to the faculty as an assistant professor. Nuamah is not only an academic, but a documentary filmmaker, writer and staunch advocate for girls’ education, the subject of the majority of her studies. Nuamah [Nya - ma] comes to Sanford after a series of competitive research fellowships with The University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Harvard. She holds a PhD in political science from Northwestern University.


Alum Brett Chambers PPS'79: Public Policy Trailblazer Built Career in Media, Education

Brett Chambers’ PPS’79 career can’t be described with simply one title, as he’s held varied positions in broadcasting and education. Now a professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), one of the top historically black universities in the country, he’s also a television producer, director and musician. His wide range of interests is what led him to become one of the early public policy graduates from Duke.


Problem of Local News Deserts is Widespread, Study Finds

Research from Duke University provides comprehensive new evidence of the magnitude of the problem of “news deserts”– communities where news and information about critical local issues is nonexistent or severely limited. The researchers analyzed more than 16,000 news stories, gathered over seven days, across 100 U.S. communities not situated in major media markets. They found 20 communities where local news outlets contained not a single local news story.


Former Gen. Stanley McChrystal to Speak About 9/11 at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. -- Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who led the Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq and was top commander of American forces in Afghanistan, will reflect on the United States since 9/11 during a free public talk Friday, Sept. 14, at Duke University.


Reporters’ Lab joins N&O, UNC Reese News Lab on major fact-checking project

The Duke Reporters’ Lab is joining McClatchy Carolinas and the UNC Reese News Lab in an ambitious project to expand non-partisan fact-checking throughout North Carolina.


“Lobster War” film features Sanford Research Scholar Stephen Kelly

“Lobster War,” a forthcoming documentary film that offers a window into a long-running territorial dispute between the United States and Canada, features a Sanford scholar who has taught a course using the dispute as a case study.  Both countries have claimed ownership of Machias Seal Island in the Gulf of Maine for more than 200 years.The island was declared U.S. territory after the Revolutionary War, but after maintaining a lighthouse on the island for almost a century, Canada has a substantial claim, too. The confusion extends to the 277 miles of water surrounding the island, an area fishermen call “the gray zone.”


Acclaimed Journalist Judy Woodruff Addresses Sanford Community

About 250 Duke alumni, faculty and friends gathered Wednesday for the Sanford School of Public Policy’s annual “Sanford on the Hill” event at the Capitol Visitors Center. Guest speaker Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, discussed current issues in politics and media with Frederick “Fritz” Mayer, professor in the Sanford School and director of POLIS, the Center for Political Leadership, Innovation and Service.


Sanford School Establishes Partnership with OXFAM AMERICA

The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and global anti-poverty nonprofit Oxfam America have agreed to a five-year partnership focused on collaborations in research, professional development, guest lectures and events.


Public Policy Alumni Named to Duke Board of Trustees

Two of three new members who joined the Duke University Board of Trustees on July 1 are public policy alumni.


New Dean Selects Sanford Faculty Leadership Team

Judith Kelley, the Sanford School’s senior associate dean since 2014 and a member of the faculty since 2002, officially steps into the school’s top leadership role on July 1. The new appointments to the Sanford leadership team will begin their new positions at the same time. 


Life After Loss for Orphans in Africa (Podcast)

The majority of the world’s population lives in low-income countries with extremely limited access to mental health care. This gap is largest in African nations, which have the world’s lowest ratio of mental health professionals: just 1.4 per 100,000 people. For more than a decade, a multinational team of researchers has been exploring ways to close that gap for nearly 50 million orphans in Africa. With a new, five-year $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, the team led by professor Kathryn Whetten is testing how to help orphans in the Bungoma, Kenya, region.


"What You Do Here Matters" - First Gen Native American Ashley Claw's (PPS'18) Story

Ashley Claw's parents and grandparents grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Ashley remembers visiting Duke for the first time as a part of a program designed to introduce native students to Duke. "I was thinking this school is way beyond what I thought I could ever achieve," Ashley remembers. But she found success at Duke. She majored in public policy and was instrumental in growing Duke's Native American Student Alliance.