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Alumni Share Pathways to Public Service Careers

On a beautiful fall afternoon in November, 187 Duke students showed up to hear 10 alumni talk about careers in public service and how they got there.


Three Duke Faculty Ranked Among Most Influential Education Scholars

Three Duke faculty members are ranked among the most influential scholars in the nation’s dialogue on education on a list released January 8 by Education Week. Two Sanford School of Public Policy professors, Helen Ladd and Charles Clotfelter, were in the top 100 on the list of 200 scholars. Both Ladd and Clotfelter have been in the top 100 for seven years in a row. Professor of Economics Peter Arcidiacono was also on the list.


Soda Tax 101 [Podcast]

Being obese puts people at risk for chronic disease like diabetes and is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. In this episode we explore a policy approach to deal with this epidemic – a tax on sugary drinks.


Faculty Highlights of 2019

Faculty from the Sanford School of Public Policy are exploring solutions to some of the world’s greatest policy challenges. We highlight some of the faculty features of 2019.


Student Highlights of 2019

Our students are committed to a better world. Whether studying at the undergraduate, master’s or doctoral level, they are finding ways to make an impact. Here are 10 examples of students with outrageous ambitions.


Alumni Highlights of 2019

Sanford alumni can be found in every corner of the world. In each corner they inhabit, they seek to help others and help the world. Meet 10 alumni creating positive change.


    Artificial Intelligence and India [Podcast]

     Nivruti Rai is country head of Intel India and was recognized by Fortune India as one of the top 20 Most Powerful Women in Business in that country. Though she wanted to be a fashion designer as a young girl, these days she’s more likely to be found discussing artificial intelligence strategy or the future of the 5G cell network. She joins Sanford School dean Judith Kelley on the Policy 360 podcast  to discuss women in business and how private business and government can intersect, especially when it comes to a U.S.-based company and a country that is growing as rapidly as India.


    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?”