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NPR TV critic Eric Deggans to Teach New Course on Media and Race

Eric Deggans joined NPR in 2013. He has been a media analyst and contributor for MSNBC and NBC News. Deggans wrote the book “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.”


Former Facebook Global Policy Expert to Lead Tech Policy Initiative at Duke

When Senator Elizabeth Warren calls for breaking up tech companies, a gunman uses Facebook Live to broadcast a massacre in Christchurch, or thousands of people discover that their data was leaked to Cambridge Analytica, policymakers seek to develop solutions that will make tech products better.  As Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Development, Matt Perault MPP’08 was in the position of trying to develop these solutions.


Duke Launches New Center to Explore Innovative Science and Technology Policy

A new Center on Science & Technology Policy at Duke University will explore the impact of emerging technologies on our society and develop new approaches for regulating those technologies.


Medical Professional and Researcher Joins Sanford Faculty

When Nathan Boucher was growing up in Rhode Island, his parents were both U.S. Air Force veterans  working in the medical field. Throughout high school Boucher envisioned himself following in his parent’s footsteps, joining the Navy or the Air Force.


Anatomy of a Flawed Policy [Podcast]

In 2009, President Obama launched an initiative designed to use a community outreach approach to counter violent extremism. Ten years later, Professor David Schanzer, Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security  has analyzed the policy, and he says it was deeply flawed, but there are lessons to be learned.


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.


Former Ambassador To Russia Encourages Students to Pursue Foreign Service

In a wide-ranging talk on foreign policy, former U.S. ambassador William J. Burns shared insights Tuesday on Russia, the Middle East and the need for more young people to consider careers in foreign service. Burns, a former ambassador to Russia, told the Duke audience that the United States’ advantage over its adversaries is not so much military or economics, but a capacity to invest in alliances and mobilize coalitions when facing some of today’s biggest policy issues. 


10 Unique Sanford Student Experiences

Sanford became a school on July 1, 2009, so we're marking the 10th anniversary as a school with a series of stories. Here is story number 2.


Political Commentator Named Egan Professor

Peter Wehner, vice president and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., has been named the Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor at the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy and the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences for the 2019-2020 academic year


Q&A on Climate Change Policy, Law and Legislation [Podcast]

With recent scientific reports on the effects of climate change, climate strikes around the world and big companies like Amazon promising action, climate change is a topic that is important to research and understand. We discuss climate-related policy ideas with Billy Pizer, an expert in climate change policy, law and legislation. Billy Pizer is Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy and senior associate dean in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.


Beyond Elmo: Why Preschools Should Turn to Puppets Over Discipline [Podcast]

Four-year-olds are expected to be able to behave in the classroom, but more and more preschools are kicking children out for bad behavior. In this episode of the Ways & Means podcast: new research into how to best help children control themselves in the classroom.


Campus-wide Push Helps Duke Student Voting More than Double in 2018

An on-campus early voting site and a vigorous get-out-the-vote effort pushed Duke University’s student voting above the national rate in 2018, according to a new report from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement. While the national college student voting rate doubled from 2014 to 2018, Duke posted a 114 percent increase for the same period.