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Sanford Professors Named to Distinguished Chairs

Two Sanford professors were appointed to named chairs this spring.


Duke Event Brings Together Researchers, Policymakers

Researchers, policymakers and practitioners gathered at Duke May 1 to discuss how to strengthen working relationships and share evidence-based programs addressing the U.S. opioid crisis.


MPP Student Receives Abele Award

Martine Aurélien MPP’18 received the 2018 Abele Student of the Year Award from the Mary Lou Williams Cultural Center in a ceremony on April 14.


What Do Young Voters Look for in a President? “Presidential March Madness” Yields Clues

In 2020, between 3 and 4 million 18- to 21-year-olds will cast their first votes for president of the United States.  These young people will have grown up largely knowing two chief executives—arguably our nation’s most diametrically opposite, back-to-back presidents ever. So what does this coming-of-age generation value in a leader?  How do they define “presidential greatness”? Over spring break we aimed to find out, modeling a five-day Duke course after the annual NCAA Tournament bracket.  The “Presidential March Madness” class featured all 44 chief executives grouped in four regions.  Each was seeded 1-thru-11 based primarily on how historians rate their presidencies.


Fake News, the First Amendment and Failure in the Marketplace of Ideas

The rise of social media and fake news challenge long-held assumptions about the First Amendment and are undermining the functioning of the “the marketplace of ideas,” a Duke professor argues in a new article.


Alum Damjan DeNoble Combines Law, Technology to Help Immigrants

Damjan Denoble PPS’07 is an immigration attorney, but he’s an immigration attorney who has had a diverse and circuitous career path. While at Sanford, Denoble’s involvement in Professor Tony Brown’s courses and service-based activities, both of which contributed to his being awarded the William J. Griffith University Service Award as a senior, inspired him to enter the field of social entrepreneurship.


Two Sanford juniors named Duke Faculty Scholars

Two public policy students—juniors Kushal Kadakia and Mumbi Kanyogo—have been named Duke Faculty Scholars. 


Public Policy Major One of Two Duke Students Selected as Truman Scholars

Duke University juniors Kushal Kadakia, a public policy major, and Claire Wang are among 59 students selected nationally as 2018 Truman Scholars.


Public Policy Major Shandiin Herrera One of Three Udall Scholarship Winners

Shandiin Herrera, a public policy major, is one of the three Duke University students to receive a 2018 Udall Scholarship, which recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to careers in the environment or Native American tribal public policy or health care. This is the first time since 1997 that Duke has had three Udall Scholars awarded in a single year.


New York Times Reporters Talk Mueller Investigation

wo investigative reporters for The New York Times discussed the challenges of covering Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump administration Wednesday evening at Duke University. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman said it is important for them to be calm and balanced, even as many Times readers express concern about the administration. They seek to present a true account of the facts.


Successful Durham Infant Home-Visiting Program Goes National

A Duke professor is taking the successful model of Durham Connects—a nurse home visiting program for newborns —nationwide. Since the expansion began in October 2017, Family Connects has begun working in 26 communities across the country including Baltimore, Long Island, N.Y., Southern Santa Barbara County, Calif., and Travis County, Texas. Kenneth A. Dodge, Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies at the Sanford School of Public Policy, is leading the project. More than 10 years ago, he collaborated with members of the Durham and Duke communities to create Durham Connects as a means for addressing high rates of child maltreatment in Durham County.


Exhibit Explores Duke, Durham During Terry Sanford Era

A new exhibit at Duke University’s Rubenstein Library, “Terry Sanford: A Change Leader for Duke” explores the turbulent 15-year period from 1970 to 1985 when Sanford was the institution’s sixth president.

Sanford was a transformational leader who called upon Duke and its students to pursue “outrageous ambitions,” and quickly advanced Duke as it grew from a respected Southern university to a world-class research institution.