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Prof. Gunther Peck to take over Hart Leadership Program

Gunther Peck and Alma Blount

Gunther Peck, associate professor of public policy and history, will take over as director of the Hart Leadership Program July 1. His appointment comes as Alma Blount, who has served as director since 2001, will be retiring from her position.


Former Director of National Intelligence Warns About World Threats

James Clapper

The former director of national intelligence said Monday he has “high confidence” in the conclusion that Russian meddling helped Donald Trump get elected, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved.


Powering the World [Podcast]


It’s estimated that 1.2 billion people around the world live without electricity. Another billion have only limited access to electricity. And billions more lack access to clean fuel and technology for cooking. There’s an exciting new project designed to address the energy needs of the world’s poor. It’s called the Energy Access Project.


How Sputnik Sent Women to College [Podcast]

illustration of women tossing their caps and gowns

Today, women outnumber men on college campuses, but that wasn't always the case. Before the 1960s, colleges routinely used gender quotas to suppress the number of women on campus. Some colleges excluded women entirely. There's a curious backstory to how more women ended up in college, and it starts with the Soviet’s launch of the satellite Sputnik in 1957.


Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper To Speak At Sanford

James Clapper

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence under President Obama, will discuss the United States' security vulnerabilities in a free public talk on Monday, March 5, at Duke University.


Alum Pearce Godwin leads Program to Promote Political Dialogue

Pearce Godwin

Sitting on a bus in Uganda, Pearce Godwin PPS’08 felt the urge to write. He had been following the political news from his home state of North Carolina and felt troubled by what he saw as increasingly vitriolic political rhetoric.


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]

man holding gun

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]

flag in window

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: