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MPP Students in the Spotlight

Sanford’s Master of Public Policy program boasts a close community, influential faculty, new career opportunities, internships and practical experiences, innovative courses, a strong alumni network, leadership potential and global reach. The Sanford MPP program is among the top-ranked programs nationwide, with students and alumni making a difference in their communities around the world. Here are a few examples showcasing students and alumni of the program.


Policy Impact: 10 Ways Sanford Faculty Research Has Made a Difference

Sanford became a school on July 1, 2009, so this fall we're marking the 10th anniversary as a school. Previously, Sanford was organized as an interdisciplinary institute. Becoming a school raised Sanford’s profile and helped spark exciting changes and growth. To mark the occasion we’re sharing a series of stories about the last 10 years.  In this story, we share a small sample of the ways in which Sanford faculty's timely and relevant work is informing policymaking.


Profeta Testifies to Congress on Federal-State Partnership for Climate Action

Director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Tim Profeta, an associate professor at the Sanford School, will testify Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, before the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The hearing, "Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: Solutions for Economy-Wide Deep Decarbonization," is intended to explore economy-wide solutions to addressing climate change in the United States. Profeta's testimony will focus on how Congress could use a comprehensive federal/state partnership to achieve fast and significant action that would meet the urgency and scale of the climate challenge.


Former Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa to Join Duke as Rubenstein Fellow

Dikgang Moseneke, who rose from a human rights leader during apartheid to Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa, will join Duke University as a Rubenstein Fellow during the spring semester of 2020.

At Duke, Moseneke will explore current challenges to constitutional democracy and rule of law. He will co-teach a joint graduate and undergraduate course “Legal Analysis for Development Governance” with Catherine Admay, a lecturer in Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He will also participate in events and roundtables, guest lecture in selected courses and conclude his second memoir, reflecting on his time in judicial office, while in residence at Duke.


Graduate Student Team Tackles Absenteeism in N.C. Elementary Schools

Last spring, Ashwini Sunil Deshpande MPP’20 began working on her first-year MPP consulting project: absenteeism in North Carolina elementary schools. She thought her background with an educational nonprofit in India gave her an advantage, especially her experience implementing surveys. But when she heard two absences a month was considered chronic absenteeism, her first thought was, “Is this even a problem?”


The Connection Between Medicaid and Democracy [Podcast]

Medicaid is one of the largest social welfare programs in the United States. With over 70 million people enrolled, it covers 20 percent of the US population. Though the program is federal, it’s implemented by the state and some states offer generous benefits while others do not. Professor Jamila Michener argues these disparities are actually having an effect on democratic citizenship.


NYT Writer Discusses Need for Global Policy on Migrant Workers

In his 20s, journalist Jason DeParle wanted to understand poverty better, not through statistics, but as a lived experience. He went to the Philippines and moved in with a family in one of the worst slums in Manila. For eight months, DeParle spent time living with Tita Portagana Comodas and her five children. The story of poverty he found there was also a story of migration, as Tita’s husband, Emet, was working as a pool cleaner in Saudi Arabia to support them.


New Global Working Paper Series Connects Scholars Across Disciplines

Indermit Gill, a Duke economics professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, is a prolific research blogger.


Home Visiting Program Linked to Reductions in Child Abuse

Family Connects, a program in which nurses conduct home visits for newborns and their families, is linked to substantial reductions in child maltreatment investigations in children’s earliest years, according to new research from Duke University. Program participants had 44 percent lower rates of child maltreatment investigations during children’s first 24 months of life, compared with parents who did not receive the program, researchers found.


Sanford School Announces Two Hart Leadership Program Professorships of the Practice

A $3 million gift to Duke University will support two Hart Leadership Program Professors of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program, announced Sanford School Dean Judith Kelley.


Making Sense of the Impeachment Inquiry

A panel of Duke professors on Monday discussed the political, legal and national security issues raised by the U.S. House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Moderator B.J. Rudell, associate director of POLIS, kicked off the discussion at the Sanford School by asking what are “high crimes and misdemeanors” according to the impeachment clause of the U.S. Constitution.  


Duke Gun Violence Scholar Wins Stockholm Prize

Economist Philip J. Cook, a professor in Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, has been awarded the 2020 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his decades of research on gun violence and its wide-ranging effects on society. The prize will be awarded in a ceremony in Stockholm June 10, 2020.