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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 masters and PhD students in the morning; and one for the undergraduate students in the afternoon.


Sanford announces Joel L. Fleishman Distinguished Professorship

The Sanford School of Public Policy has established the Joel Fleishman Distinguished Professorship of Public Policy in honor of the school’s intellectual forefather and founding director.


Champion of Immigrants And Farmworkers Selected As Truman Scholar

Duke University junior Daisy Almonte is among 62 students selected nationally as 2019 Truman Scholars. Almonte is pursuing an interdepartmental major combining public policy and sociology. She is is one of the youngest board members of Student Action with Farm Workers, which seeks to improve living and working conditions for farmworkers in North Carolina.


A Small Green Idea to Power Rural Nepal [Podcast]

Sanford's award-winning podcast Ways & Means heads to Nepal where researchers are investigating a method of creating power from fast moving streams. Sometimes these micro-hydro minigrids work and sometimes they don't and the researchers want to know why.


Multimedia Feature: The Big Idea - Baby Bonds

Sandy Darity proposes giving every newborn in the United States a “baby bond” at birth.


The U.S. revoked the visa for the ICC prosecutor. That bodes poorly for international criminal justice.

If the U.S. doesn’t respect international law, why should other nations?


Is it Time to Regulate Social Media? [Podcast]

Recently, a man opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The massacre was streamed live on Facebook. Phil Napoli’s research focuses on media regulation and policy. In this edition of the Policy 360 podcast, he discusses potential government regulation of social media platforms.


Sen. Burr Discusses Russia, Cybersecurity

In a wide-ranging talk at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) discussed Russian interference in U.S. elections, cybersecurity and AI, and his beloved car, a VW Thing. Deondra Rose, assistant professor of public policy and political science, interviewed him for the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture.


Three Questions with PhD Candidate Joshua Rivenbark

Joshua Rivenbark PhD'19 has been working with orphans in Cambodia as part of a multi-country longitudinal study of orphaned and separated children.


U.S. Sen. Richard Burr to Speak at Duke April 1

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) will give a free public lecture Monday, April 1, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.


New Leaders Named for Sanford’s Center on Politics

Professor of the Practice Mac McCorkle will be the new director of POLIS: The Center on Political Leadership, Innovation and Service at the Sanford School of Public Policy.


A Greener Commute: One City's Story [Podcast]

What motivates commuters to leave their cars behind, and take the bus or a bike to work instead? A government innovation team in Durham, North Carolina recently tested several ideas with real commuters. The best one was so effective, it landed a million-dollar prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies.