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College Attendance Drops After Widespread Job Loss

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When states suffer a widespread loss of jobs, the damage extends to the next generation, where college attendance drops among the poorest students, says new research from Duke University. As a result, states marked by shuttered factories or dormant mines also show a widening gap in college attendance between rich and poor, the authors write.


Sociologist Linda Burton to lead Duke Center for Child and Family Policy

Linda Burton

Linda Burton, the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and dean of social sciences, will become director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy effective July 1, announced Sanford School of Public Policy Dean Kelly Brownell. She will also hold a joint faculty appointment in the Sanford School.

Burton succeeds William McDougall Professor of Public Policy Studies Kenneth A. Dodge, the founding director of the center.


Four Duke Leaders Address Decision to Withdraw From Paris Climate Agreement

We are the leaders of four units at Duke University that collaborate on advancing an accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy system for our state, our country, and the world.  We regard this challenge as one of the most pressing questions facing society in the 21st century, and one on


Make a Choice: Graduation Remarks by Senior Steve Brenner

Thank you all very much. It’s a profound honor to speak at this ceremony, as I have immensely enjoyed my time here, studying at the Sanford School of Public Policy. These past 4 years, the things I’ve learned, the friendships I’ve forged, it all just means the world to me.


Secret Life of Muslims (Podcast)

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There are as many different stories about being Muslim in the U.S. as there are Muslims. In this episode of Sanford's podcast Ways & Means, we listen to stories from some American Muslims. We also explore how hyper-vigilance about the possible threat of Muslim-American violence might be making all Americans less safe.


From Sanford to Syria: MIDP Grad Pursues Career with United Nations

Cynthia Viveros-Cano

Since graduating from the Sanford School of Public Policy, Cynthia Viveros-Cano, MIDP ’04, has taken her expertise to conflict zones in South America and the Middle East, and to United Nations headquarters in New York City. Viveros-Cano is now stationed in Damascus, Syria, as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Viveros-Cano’s role is help ensure aid gets to the people who need it most. 


Prof. Sandy Darity Honored with Prestigious Award at 2017 Future of Wealth Summit

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William “Sandy” Darity Jr., founding director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics, was honored for his research related to racial inequality and the racial wealth gap in the United States at the 2017 Future of Wealth Summit: Technology, Inclusion and Social Change April 27 in Washington, D.C.


Sanford School Awards Degrees to 319 Graduates

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During two ceremonies, the Sanford School awarded diplomas to four groups of students: 202 undergraduates, 66 Master of Public Policy graduates, 47 Master of International Development Policy graduates from 21 countries and 4 PhD graduates.


Public Policy Senior Jessica Van Meir Gets Hat-Trick of Honors

Jessica Van Meir at graduation

Duke University is brimming with outstanding students, but public policy senior Jessica Van Meir has pulled off an unusual hat-trick: She earned all three departmental honors awarded to Sanford School undergraduates. Her awards include the Terry Sanford Leadership Award, the Best Thesis Award and the Joel Fleishman Distinguished Scholar Award, which recognizes students with the highest grade point average in the major.


STORIFY: Sanford School Graduation 2017


#PubPol2017 Congratulations to all of the graduates of the Sanford School of Public Policy. (Scroll to see Twitter and Instagram posts.)




Faculty Members Say Firing of FBI Director Challenges Constitution, Democracy

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President Donald Trump’s firing Tuesday of FBI Director James Comey could threaten democracy, the Constitution and national security, three prominent Duke faculty said.   Peter Feaver, a professor of political science and public policy, said firing Comey won’t end questions about Russian activity.


Sanford Student Will Speak at Commencement

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Duke senior Elena Elliott grew up in a setting where college was not a given. Elliott, who will deliver the student speech at Duke commencement exercises on Sunday, said many classmates in her Dallas high school didn’t consider college possible. “I knew many kids who were bright and could have done extremely well at a place like Duke, but college was not on their horizon,” said Elliott, the daughter of an immigrant.