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Sanford’s ‘Privacy, Technology & National Security’ Class Brings Alumni Back to the Classroom

This spring, Professor David Schanzer got some expert help in teaching his course Privacy, Technology & National Security, PPS 590S, from Duke alumni working in the technology policy area.  Six alums spent the entire semester mentoring groups of students on their final projects – a privacy and civil liberties analysis of a new or emerging technology. 


One Press Release on OSHA Violations Yields Compliance Equal to 210 Inspections

A single press release naming a company that has violated workplace health and safety regulations can result in a 73 percent improvement in compliance by other facilities, Duke researcher Matthew S. Johnson finds. The study found that after one of these press releases was sent to the local newspaper, compliance by other nearby facilities improved more than if OSHA had inspected each of those facilities directly.


MPP students in a “citizen experience lab” work to improve customer experiences for Durham organizations

Four Sanford master’s students faced a question in class this spring: How could they help GoDurham improve the customer experience of Durham public transportation? The MPP students in the course “Using Human-Centered Design to Improve the Citizen Experience” knew they needed to understand the customer experience for the answers. Over the semester, they learned and used human-centered design (HCD) skills to help answer this question.


Students explore public policy and veterans

Master of Public Policy candidate James Settles is a U.S. Army intelligence officer with combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the past nine years. Last semester, he studied the veteran experience from a new angle – in his public policy course.


Moratorium on Evictions During COVID-19 Protects Vulnerable Children

Children who experience housing eviction are more likely to 1) live in families earning low incomes, 2) belong to communities of color, and 3) have special education needs than children who do not experience eviction, according to new research from the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Du


Three Counterterrorism Fellows Receive Awards from Army War College

Three fellows in the 2019-2020 cohort of the Sanford School’s Counterterrorism and Public Policy fellowship program have received writing awards for their capstone resear


Racial Wealth Gap Worse for Families with Children

It’s hard for families with kids to save money. In the U.S., it’s even harder when the family is black according to a new study co-authored by Christina Gibson-Davis.


Message to the Sanford Community from Dean Judith Kelley

"As a school of public policy, we have the opportunity to educate and create knowledge to set a better course for society." - Dean Judith Kelley


Collective Action Against COVID-19: DCID Researcher Brings Lessons From TB Work

As cities and counties across the U.S. struggle with questions about how to reopen the economy safely, one Duke Sanford School of Public Policy expert has joined an effort to establish an interdisciplinary, community-based model at the local level.


2020 Graduation Stories: Francisco Jeria

Francisco Jeria MIDP '20 worked at the Ministry of Education in Chile for five years before coming to Sanford with his wife and son. The Sanford faculty "is amazing," he says. Francisco earned a Masters Degree in International Development Policy. He let a camera crew tail him for this day-in-the-life video.


Student Voices: Takeaways from Online Master's Projects Presentations

Before Sanford sent off its esteemed class of 2020 MPPs to become the bright and innovative policy makers we know they will be, we were able to hear the culmination of their hard work at the virtual Master’s Project Symposium on May 6th. The breadth of topics covered was impressive; ranging from housing, anti-racist education, refugee and immigrant youth, disability voting access to flood mitigation strategies, and more.


Student Voices: How to Promote Women in Energy

Every spring, the Duke Energy Initiative and EDGE, the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment at Fuqua School of Business, hosts an energy related panel discussion with Duke alums, along with networking and a group mentoring session. But it is not every spring that the world is faced with a viral pandemic. However, COVID-19 did not halt a much-needed virtual conversation on gender equity within the energy industry.