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Alma Blount and the Art of Teaching Leadership

This fall, the Hart Leadership Program is beginning a quiet transformation. Director Alma Blount, who led the program for 17 years and taught in it for seven years before that, retired this summer and passed the torch to Professor Gunther Peck.


New Hart Leadership Director to Focus on Political and Civic Engagement

As the new director of the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program, Gunther Peck will guide a significant transition in the nation’s oldest endowed leadership program for undergraduates.


Students Advise Latino Officials on Post-Hurricane Census Strategies

With the impending threat of Hurricane Florence looming over the Carolinas, a group of graduate students met at the Sanford School of Public Policy with storms on their mind -- in more ways than one. They gathered to go over their research on the effects of natural disasters on the U.S. Census. After months of work, the students were preparing for a unique opportunity: Presenting their findings in Miami at a national conference of elected officials and policymakers.


Racial Wealth Inequality Overlooked as Cause of Urban Unrest, Study Says

More than 50 years ago, riots tore through many U.S. cities, prompting national scrutiny of the root causes. Yet a half-century later, says new research, a key contributor to the social upheaval of the 1960s remains under-explored: racial wealth inequality. Meanwhile, the racial wealth gap that helped fuel the urban violence of the 1960s has only grown, says new research from Duke University, UCLA and the New School.


Books by Sanford Faculty Published in 2018

A new year brings new books! Sanford faculty members have been busy writing and several of their books are either out already or coming soon. Check out some of their works below with more to be added as they are published:


Sanford School Receives NASPAA Diversity, Social Justice Awards

The Sanford School and Jay Pearson, assistant professor of public policy, have been selected to receive two awards from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) in recognition of work, research, and teaching in the areas of diversity and social justice. The awards will be presented during the NASPAA annual conference Oct.10-13 in Atlanta, Ga.


Jentleson Honored for Scholarship, Public Service

Bruce Jentleson received the 2018 Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Award for Distinguished Public Service from the American Political Science Association (APSA) on August 31, during the annual conference in Boston. APSA’s International Security Section gave the award.


Rethinking Food Policy [Podcast]

Kelly Brownell has stepped away from his role as dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy to launch a new World Food Policy Center at Duke. He talks with Sanford’s new dean, Judith Kelley, about key challenges that he hopes his new center will begin to address.


Research on Bengaluru Slums Receiving National Attention in India

A Duke team’s research on slums in Bengaluru (formerly, Bangalore) and two other India cities with large, growing populations is drawing attention from policymakers and the national press. Their findings have significant implications for urban poverty programs.


Scholar, Advocate and Documentary Filmmaker Joins the Sanford Faculty

The Sanford School welcomes Sally Nuamah to the faculty as an assistant professor. Nuamah is not only an academic, but a documentary filmmaker, writer and staunch advocate for girls’ education, the subject of the majority of her studies. Nuamah [Nya - ma] comes to Sanford after a series of competitive research fellowships with The University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Harvard. She holds a PhD in political science from Northwestern University.


Alum Brett Chambers PPS'79: Public Policy Trailblazer Built Career in Media, Education

Brett Chambers’ PPS’79 career can’t be described with simply one title, as he’s held varied positions in broadcasting and education. Now a professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), one of the top historically black universities in the country, he’s also a television producer, director and musician. His wide range of interests is what led him to become one of the early public policy graduates from Duke.


Problem of Local News Deserts is Widespread, Study Finds

Research from Duke University provides comprehensive new evidence of the magnitude of the problem of “news deserts”– communities where news and information about critical local issues is nonexistent or severely limited. The researchers analyzed more than 16,000 news stories, gathered over seven days, across 100 U.S. communities not situated in major media markets. They found 20 communities where local news outlets contained not a single local news story.