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Sanford Professor and Students Team Up for 200-mile Blue Ridge Relay Race

When deciding to come to Sanford, I knew that the quantitative courses were going to give my brain a run for its money. What I did not expect was to have an economics professor who was as passionate about running as I am. Professor Subhrendu Pattanayak made it known from day one that he was interested in getting to know students on a personal level and eager to engage outside of the classroom, whether it be over a cup of coffee, or a run. It was not unlike him to “encourage” other students in the class to join our weekly runs via his PowerPoint presentations. 


See Cartoonists’ View of 2016 Elections in Exhibit at Sanford

The Duke – AAEC Political Cartoon and Satire Festival  is over, but you can still see a satirical take on the presidential campaign at the Sanford School of Public Policy.


Frontline Documentary 'The Choice 2016' (Podcast)

With the bitterly contested election on the horizon, voters find themselves faced with a decision between two of the most polarizing candidates in modern history.


Most Young People Won't Consider Running for Office (Policy 360 Podcast)

A 2012 study found that 89% of high school and college students had already decided unequivocally that they would never consider running for elected office.


Ways & Means Podcast Season Premiere: Dan Ariely & Government Innovation

One thing remains constant in our political discourse: talk of how much we need to change. Every four years, candidates for office make their pitch to voters, including a laundry list of things they promise to change once elected. Yet no matter who’s in the Oval Office, most procedures in government stay exactly the same. In the premiere episode of its second season, the Sanford School’s Ways & Means podcast features a conversation with Professor Dan Ariely, an expert in policy, psychology and behavioral economics, to find out why it’s so hard for government to change.


Thinking Differently About Economics and Development

Growing up in India, Indermit Gill always thought of economics in terms of improving people’s lives. Gill spent more than 20 years as an economist with the World Bank, most recently as the director for development policy. In October, he will take the helm as director of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) in Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.


New Faculty: Philipsen Says Choice Goes Way Beyond “Either-Or”

Dirk Philipsen wears many hats. An economist and historian, he serves as a senior research scholar and fellow at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. This year he also takes on responsibilities as an associate research professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He recently wrote a book about GDP as the world’s predominant measure of economic performance, The Little Big Number: How GDP Came to Rule the World and What to do About It.


DHS Secretary Speaks at Sanford on Terrorism, Immigration

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson touched on several hot-button issues, including immigration and home-grown terrorists, during a public discussion at the Sanford School of Public Policy Thursday with David Schanzer, assistant professor of the practice of public policy.


Make it Matter: General Martin Dempsey (Podcast)

U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey (Ret.) is former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as such he was the nation’s highest ranking military officer. He retired in 2015, and is a 2016 Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University.


Napoli, New to Sanford’s Faculty, Takes Pulse of Local Journalism, Social Media

Phil Napoli joins Sanford faculty this fall as the James R. Shepley professor of public policy and a faculty affiliate of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. He comes to Duke from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Napoli’s field of expertise is media regulation and policy. His recent book, Audience Evolution: New Technologies and the Transformation of Media Audiences, examines how developments in technology have affected how the media make sense of their audiences.


Homeland Security Secretary to Visit Sanford for Anniversary of 9/11

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson will discuss threats at home and abroad at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy Thursday, Sept. 8, just days before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.


Sanford Alumna Combats Human Trafficking Around the World

Combating human trafficking around the world was not what Susan Coppedge PPS’88 expected to be doing after leaving Duke. Initially, she wanted to practice environmental law. But an experience while she was an assistant U.S. attorney put the Stanford law grad on the path that eventually would lead to her current job: Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State.