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Sanford School Honors Nearly 300 Graduates

The Sanford School of Public Policy recognized 298 graduates from three different degree programs during ceremonies May 12. During the morning ceremony, the Sanford School awarded diplomas to 64 Master of Public Policy graduates, 40 Master of International Development graduates from 22 countries, and seven PhD graduates. During the afternoon, 187 undergraduates received their degrees.


‘Not Alone’ Director Jacqueline Monetta PPS’18 Receives Terry Sanford Leadership Award

When her best friend in high school committed suicide, Jacqueline Monetta PPS’18 decided she had to do something to help other teens who might be thinking about doing the same thing. “As a high school student, I naturally looked to social media to help me understand this. But nothing out there connected with me,” she said.


A Quiet Leader: Adam Beyer PPS’18 Receives Sanford Leadership Award

If you voted on Duke’s campus during the 2016 election, you have Adam Beyer to thank. And, if you have read the Duke Chronicle any time over the past four years, chances are good you read one of his dozens of stories, on everything from inchworms to sexual assault policies. Beyer is one of two Terry Sanford Leadership Award winners this spring. He doesn’t fit the usual mold of a student leader at Duke. Reserved and soft-spoken, he listens first, then offers his take on the task and issue at hand.


Alumna Leads Sanford, Self-Help Partnership for Food Equity

As a Food System Finance Fellow, Kharmika Alston MPP’12 splits her time between the Self-Help Credit Union in downtown Durham and the World Food Policy Center at the Sanford School. Alston’s job is to work with food entrepreneurs of color from across North Carolina, providing technical assistance for securing financing and helping create networks for sharing best practices.


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.