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Political Commentator Named Egan Professor

Peter Wehner, vice president and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., has been named the Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor at the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy and the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences for the 2019-2020 academic year


Q&A on Climate Change Policy, Law and Legislation [Podcast]

With recent scientific reports on the effects of climate change, climate strikes around the world and big companies like Amazon promising action, climate change is a topic that is important to research and understand. We discuss climate-related policy ideas with Billy Pizer, an expert in climate change policy, law and legislation. Billy Pizer is Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy and senior associate dean in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.


Beyond Elmo: Why Preschools Should Turn to Puppets Over Discipline [Podcast]

Four-year-olds are expected to be able to behave in the classroom, but more and more preschools are kicking children out for bad behavior. In this episode of the Ways & Means podcast: new research into how to best help children control themselves in the classroom.


Campus-wide Push Helps Duke Student Voting More than Double in 2018

An on-campus early voting site and a vigorous get-out-the-vote effort pushed Duke University’s student voting above the national rate in 2018, according to a new report from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement. While the national college student voting rate doubled from 2014 to 2018, Duke posted a 114 percent increase for the same period.


10 Changes as Sanford Celebrates 10 Years

The Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy is 10 years old! Sanford became a school on July 1, 2009, so we're marking our 10th anniversary as a school. 


Policy Lab Gives Students Real-World Experience

Learning to write a succinct policy memo has been a staple of the public policy curriculum for nearly 50 years. This year, Deondra Rose developed a new approach to the process—rather than imagining themselves as staffers drafting memos facing a hypothetical policymaker, students are now writing memos for actual lawmakers.


Newspapers Still The Best Bet for Local News

In this conversation with Philip Napoli, the James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy, we discuss a new research report on local news, one of a series of reports from the News Measures Research Project (NMRP).


NC Special Elections -- An Early Test for 2020

Tuesday’s special election to choose North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District representative could serve as a bellwether for next year’s election, says a Duke public policy expert.


The Unseen Health Effects of Forest Fires [Podcast]

New research shows forest fires are actually more harmful than we’ve previously thought. It’s not just about the impact on the environment or on the economy, but also on human health, especially unborn children.


Parental Incarceration Increases Children’s Risk of Substance Abuse, Anxiety in Adulthood

Children of incarcerated parents are six times more likely than other children to develop a substance use disorder as adults and nearly twice as likely to have diagnosable anxiety, according to


Former Congressional Staffer Joins Faculty

Sanford School of Public Policy students will have a new opportunity to learn from a Capitol Hill veteran this fall, with the addition of Asher D. Hildebrand to the faculty. Former Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), Hildebrand joined Sanford as an associate professor of the practice.


Partnership with Mexican Foundation to Boost Student Aid

The Sanford School of Public Policy has formed a partnership with a Mexican foundation that will provide financial aid and scholarships for Mexicans pursuing master’s degrees abroad at the world's finest universities.