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New Duke-UNC Research Center to Explore Ways to Encourage Healthy Food Choices

The Duke-UNC USDA Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research (BECR Center) will develop strategies to promote healthy food choices, particularly among the 50 million Americans receiving federal food benefits. Matthew Harding, an assistant professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, will direct the research program.


U.S. Security and Intelligence Studies to Grow at Triangle Universities

Programs in security and intelligence studies at four North Carolina universities, including Duke, took a step ahead last week with an award last week to the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) from the U.S. Department of Defense.


A Mentor for Life

Since her arrival at Duke in 1986 as an economist, Helen “Sunny” Ladd has garnered admiration for her engaging teaching style and influential research on school choice, accountability, and teacher labor markets, to name a few topics of interest. Ladd’s mentoring outside the Sanford Building has helped many Sanford alumni find their footing in the field of education policy.


Sanford Steps Forward

Last spring, the Sanford School of Public Policy developed a new strategic vision intended to spark political engagement, broaden students’ experiences, and boost the school’s influence across the country and around the globe. As the school takes steps to bring this plan into focus, we invited faculty members Joel Fleishman, William Darity and Elizabeth Ananat to discuss the state of public policy, their most forward-thinking projects, and how to educate and inspire a new generation of leaders.


Giving and Receiving in India

Under the stewardship of Sanford professor Anirudh Krishna, Duke’s educational outpost in Udaipur, India, has become a hub for research and experiential learning. The Summer School for Future International Development leaders, launched in Summer 2014, gives Duke students the knowledge they need to tackle rural poverty.


Alumnus Profile: Danny Werfel MPP'97

Daniel Werfel MPP’97 established a reputation as a problem-solver during his 15 years of service at the White House Office of Management and Budget. That reputation led to his appointment as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in May 2013, when the agency was under fire for possible political discrimination.


Darity to Head New Initiative in Social Equity Research

The Trinity College of Arts and Sciences has launched a new initiative focused on the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of uneven and inequitable access to resources, opportunity and capabilities, said Trinity College Dean Laurie Patton.


Sanford Dean Kelly Brownell Discusses Food Policy

One of the world’s foremost experts on the obesity epidemic, Kelly Brownell was named dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy in 2013 after serving eight years as founding director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity.


Michael Sorrell MPP'90/JD'94, Turnaround Artist

Lawyer and businessman Michael Sorrell MPP'90/JD’94 took the reins at Paul Quinn College, a historically black college (HBCU) in Dallas on the verge of collapse, in the spring of 2007. Sorrell turned the situation around with significant changes and accomplishments during his tenure.


Prof. Stephen Kelly: How the Carolinas Fixed Their Blurred Lines

Border disputes between American states are as old as the republic, but in today’s highly charged political atmosphere they often take an ugly turn.


Do Daughters Cause Divorce? Maybe Not

In the U.S., couples with daughters are somewhat more likely to divorce than couples with sons. Many scholars have read those numbers as evidence that daughters cause divorce. But new research from Duke University suggests something quite different may be at play: the robustness of female embryos.


Tana Johnson: Q&A Global Energy Governance

Tana Johnson, assistant professor of public policy and political science, contributed to Global Governance 2022 in which she and others envisioned how global energy structures might look in 10 years.