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MPP students in a “citizen experience lab” work to improve customer experiences for Durham organizations

Four Sanford master’s students faced a question in class this spring: How could they help GoDurham improve the customer experience of Durham public transportation? The MPP students in the course “Using Human-Centered Design to Improve the Citizen Experience” knew they needed to understand the customer experience for the answers. Over the semester, they learned and used human-centered design (HCD) skills to help answer this question.


Students explore public policy and veterans

Master of Public Policy candidate James Settles is a U.S. Army intelligence officer with combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the past nine years. Last semester, he studied the veteran experience from a new angle – in his public policy course.


Moratorium on Evictions During COVID-19 Protects Vulnerable Children

Children who experience housing eviction are more likely to 1) live in families earning low incomes, 2) belong to communities of color, and 3) have special education needs than children who do not experience eviction, according to new research from the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Du


Three Counterterrorism Fellows Receive Awards from Army War College

Three fellows in the 2019-2020 cohort of the Sanford School’s Counterterrorism and Public Policy fellowship program have received writing awards for their capstone resear


Racial Wealth Gap Worse for Families with Children

It’s hard for families with kids to save money. In the U.S., it’s even harder when the family is black according to a new study co-authored by Christina Gibson-Davis.


Message to the Sanford Community from Dean Judith Kelley

"As a school of public policy, we have the opportunity to educate and create knowledge to set a better course for society." - Dean Judith Kelley


Collective Action Against COVID-19: DCID Researcher Brings Lessons From TB Work

As cities and counties across the U.S. struggle with questions about how to reopen the economy safely, one Duke Sanford School of Public Policy expert has joined an effort to establish an interdisciplinary, community-based model at the local level.


2020 Graduation Stories: Francisco Jeria

Francisco Jeria MIDP '20 worked at the Ministry of Education in Chile for five years before coming to Sanford with his wife and son. The Sanford faculty "is amazing," he says. Francisco earned a Masters Degree in International Development Policy. He let a camera crew tail him for this day-in-the-life video.


Student Voices: Takeaways from Online Master's Projects Presentations

Before Sanford sent off its esteemed class of 2020 MPPs to become the bright and innovative policy makers we know they will be, we were able to hear the culmination of their hard work at the virtual Master’s Project Symposium on May 6th. The breadth of topics covered was impressive; ranging from housing, anti-racist education, refugee and immigrant youth, disability voting access to flood mitigation strategies, and more.


Student Voices: How to Promote Women in Energy

Every spring, the Duke Energy Initiative and EDGE, the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment at Fuqua School of Business, hosts an energy related panel discussion with Duke alums, along with networking and a group mentoring session. But it is not every spring that the world is faced with a viral pandemic. However, COVID-19 did not halt a much-needed virtual conversation on gender equity within the energy industry.


2020 Graduation Stories: Julian Xie

This May, Julian Xie is graduating with his second Duke degree – his Master of Public Policy (MPP). By next year, he plans to complete his third Duke degree – his MD. He is quick to point out the complementarity between the two advanced degrees with his focus on improving health and food systems. “My interests are around food policy and food systems. I knew I wanted to get a non-medical perspective across disciplinary lines. I think the MPP has given me more skills to communicate about and analyze health topics as a medical student,” Xie said.


2020 Graduation Stories: Tyler Kopp

In the fall of his sophomore year, Tyler Kopp PPS'20 traveled to Mexico City with the DukeImmerse program, where he interviewed returnees who had been deported from the U.S. Kopp, who majored in public policy and Spanish, knew that he wanted to write something bigger about deportation and family separation. The resulting paper, “It’s a Trauma That Stays with You: How U.S. Family Separation Policies Affect Mexican-U.S. Migrant Families,” earned Kopp the Best Honors Thesis Award for 2020.