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Can climate change and habitat loss be reversed? Duke scholar and global groups: Yes, if our approach changes

In a global report out today, “The Living Planet 2020,” Duke environmental economist Alex Pfaff is among a group of experts documenting extreme environmental losses and highlighting the critical lessons from past policy failures.


'Stand For' Signature Virtual Speaker Series

During the 2020-2021 school year, the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy is pleased to present a signature virtual speaker series to explore important policy conversations to move forward democracy, justice, equity, community, strategy and human rights. The series is produced and presented honor of our school’s founder Terry Sanford.   


Why Young People Don’t Vote – And How to Change That [PODCAST]

For some reason, there’s a big gap between young Americans’ intention to vote and the chance that they will actually do it. In this episode of the award-winning Ways & Means podcast: a look at why so few young people in the United States vote.


Student Voices: Duke Researchers Find Hundreds of Coronavirus Scams on Internet Websites on the Duke Network

A group of Duke researchers at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Duke Office of Information Technology (OIT) are collaborating on a project with The Media Trust (TMT), a private company that scans websites to determine what malicious third party content those websites deliver to their visitors.


Local Challenges in a Global Pandemic: Durham’s Response to COVID-19 [PODCAST]

Since the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Durham, North Carolina in March 2020, the Durham city and county governments have had the tall task to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus while also responding to the struggles of local residents.


How Afterschool Programs Can Empower Parents to Vote [PODCAST]

Season 5 of the Ways & Means podcast kicks off with a story about how government-funded afterschool programs for poor families are inspiring politically motivation among parents.  Hear first-hand from staff and parents about how these programs have inspired change in their community and learn what elements build effective programs.


Ways & Means Podcast Dedicates Season Five to Issues in Politics

The Sanford School relaunches Season 5 of its award-winning documentary podcast, Ways & Means, on Thursday, August 20. The season is dedicated to issues in U.S. politics and civic life and hot topics in the 2020 elections.


Elections 2020: Duke Sanford Experts, Resources, Events

A round-up of 2020  election-related events, resources, voting information and opinions.


Pivoting and learning with internships during COVID-19

It was the middle of spring, and Olivia Reneau Pub Pol’22 couldn’t wait to start her internship in Washington, DC. Then COVID-19 changed everything. Reneau decided to postpone her planned summer internship in DC and look for virtual options. Luckily, Sanford’s Career Services was springing into action and matching students with virtual opportunities. Sanford faculty, staff and students all pitched in to make the quick pivot from in-person to remote internships for summer. Students were flexible and faculty shared their connections. In an amazing rapid response, Career Services staff identified over 100 new remote opportunities and helped individual students find ways to convert in-person experiences to remote.


Major General Ron Clark Talks about Race, Diversity and Inclusion in the U.S. Army

Major General Ron Clark spoke about the history and the challenges still faced by the U.S. Army on issue of race, diversity and inclusion during a virtual event hosted by the American Grand Strategy and co-sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy on July 31. In conversation with Sanford Professor David Schanzer and Dean Judith Kelley, Clark talked about the work that still needs to be done. While the U.S. military was integrated over 70 years ago by the order of President Truman, very few Blacks or people of color rise to the top ranks as general officers. 


Sanford research productivity ranks in top five of policy schools nationwide

Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy is in the top five of the nation’s top public policy schools in research productivity, according to a recently published study.


Cook Awarded Grant from the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research

Philip J. Cook, professor emeritus of public policy and economics, and Jens Ludwig, director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, have been awarded a $670,000 grant from the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research.