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Income-based K-12 Assignment Plans Bring Mixed Results

When Wake County Public Schools switched from a school assignment policy based on race to one based on socioeconomic status, schools became slightly more segregated, according to new research from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.


Sanford Launches Ambitious New Podcast

A small team at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy recently launched the Ways & Means podcast iTunes and Stitcher. It’s a show for people curious about the best ideas for improving our society.


5 Top Reasons To Spend the Summer with Sanford in Geneva

Geneva is a gorgeous international city in Switzerland. Sanford has an exciting program in Geneva every summer. Here are five reasons you should consider the program.


Yuan Fen (缘分): Thankful That Sanford Brought Us Together

Sanford brings together an aunt and niece who had never before met. The aunt, Luo Hao, is studying Public Policy and Management as part of a four-month training program at Sanford for Chinese government officials.


National Security Expert Warns of New Era of Terrorism

The world is living through a period of extraordinary instability and volatility, “at the front end of a new and dangerous era,” former U.S. national security advisor Tom Donilon said Thursday at a talk at the Sanford School.


Parents’ Top Fears About Teens’ Cellphone Use — Are They Justified?

Parents’ fears about their teenagers’ heavy use of cell phones and social media may be exaggerated, according to a new report from Duke University researchers. However, there are important exceptions in the areas of cyberbullying and sleep disruption.


Fomer National Security Advisor Tom Donilon to Speak at Sanford

Tom Donilon, former national security adviser to President Obama, will speak at Duke University on Thursday, Nov. 19.


Campaign Stop 2016: A Duke University Election Forum

A new online hub dubbed “Campaign Stop 2016” will gather the Duke community’s conversations and viewpoints on the 2016 election season. The website, a yearlong project of the Duke Office of News and Communications, will both foster and showcase dialogue about politics.


Polling in Crisis Experts Say

“Polling is in a near crisis,” said Amy Walter, national editor at The Cook Political Report, during a live and online event on Nov. 10. hosted by POLIS at the Sanford School and at Microsoft's D.C. office.


Doris Kearns Goodwin on Presidential History as Storytelling

"My love of history came from recording baseball games for my father,” said presidential historian and best-selling author Doris Kearns Goodwin to a full house in the Reynolds Auditorium on Nov.


Is China at Risk for an HIV Epidemic? Using Networks to Model Spread of Disease

Sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and chlamydia have spread widely in China during the past few decades, prompting concerns among policymakers and researchers that HIV might do the same.


Marshmallows and Voter Turnout

Voter turnout in the United States is low. In last year’s midterm elections, only 36 percent of eligible voters turned out. Voter turnout is also unequal: educated, wealthier, and older voters are much more likely to vote.