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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.


NYT Reporter to Discuss Human Stories Behind Global Migration On Nov. 11

Award-winning New York Times journalist and author Jason DeParle will deliver the 2019 Crown Lecture in Ethics, “The Human Story of Global Migration,” Monday, Nov. 11, at Duke University. DeParle, the author of “A Good Provider is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century,” will put global immigration policy debates into a human context.


Knight Foundation Funds Duke Study on Future of Tech Policy

Scholars at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Law School will research new ideas for social media regulation with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the foundation announced today.


Getting Out the Vote on Campus [Podcast]

The number of college students across the nation who voted in the midterms doubled between 2014 and 2018. At Duke University, the voting rate was even higher – it jumped 114 percent. Podcast episode explores how that jump happened and what specific strategies other colleges could use to increase their own student voting rates.


Ubel Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Professor Peter A. Ubel, M.D., who holds faculty appointments in Fuqua School of Business, Sanford School of Public Policy and the School of Medicine, is among 100 new members elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine. Ubel, the Madge and Dennis T. McLawhorn University Professor, was selected for his research on the psychology of health care decision-making that has revealed the unconscious and irrational forces that influence choices made by patients and physicians.


NPR TV critic Eric Deggans to Teach New Course on Media and Race

Eric Deggans joined NPR in 2013. He has been a media analyst and contributor for MSNBC and NBC News. Deggans wrote the book “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.”


Former Facebook Global Policy Expert to Lead Tech Policy Initiative at Duke

When Senator Elizabeth Warren calls for breaking up tech companies, a gunman uses Facebook Live to broadcast a massacre in Christchurch, or thousands of people discover that their data was leaked to Cambridge Analytica, policymakers seek to develop solutions that will make tech products better.  As Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Development, Matt Perault MPP’08 was in the position of trying to develop these solutions.


Duke Launches New Center to Explore Innovative Science and Technology Policy

A new Center on Science & Technology Policy at Duke University will explore the impact of emerging technologies on our society and develop new approaches for regulating those technologies.


Anatomy of a Flawed Policy [Podcast]

In 2009, President Obama launched an initiative designed to use a community outreach approach to counter violent extremism. Ten years later, Professor David Schanzer, Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security  has analyzed the policy, and he says it was deeply flawed, but there are lessons to be learned.


Medical Professional and Researcher Joins Sanford Faculty

When Nathan Boucher was growing up in Rhode Island, his parents were both U.S. Air Force veterans  working in the medical field. Throughout high school Boucher envisioned himself following in his parent’s footsteps, joining the Navy or the Air Force.


Former Ambassador To Russia Encourages Students to Pursue Foreign Service

In a wide-ranging talk on foreign policy, former U.S. ambassador William J. Burns shared insights Tuesday on Russia, the Middle East and the need for more young people to consider careers in foreign service. Burns, a former ambassador to Russia, told the Duke audience that the United States’ advantage over its adversaries is not so much military or economics, but a capacity to invest in alliances and mobilize coalitions when facing some of today’s biggest policy issues. 


10 Unique Sanford Student Experiences

Sanford became a school on July 1, 2009, so we're marking the 10th anniversary as a school with a series of stories. Here is story number 2.