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The Connection Between Medicaid and Democracy [Podcast]

Medicaid is one of the largest social welfare programs in the United States. With over 70 million people enrolled, it covers 20 percent of the US population. Though the program is federal, it’s implemented by the state and some states offer generous benefits while others do not. Professor Jamila Michener argues these disparities are actually having an effect on democratic citizenship.


NYT Writer Discusses Need for Global Policy on Migrant Workers

In his 20s, journalist Jason DeParle wanted to understand poverty better, not through statistics, but as a lived experience. He went to the Philippines and moved in with a family in one of the worst slums in Manila. For eight months, DeParle spent time living with Tita Portagana Comodas and her five children. The story of poverty he found there was also a story of migration, as Tita’s husband, Emet, was working as a pool cleaner in Saudi Arabia to support them.


New Global Working Paper Series Connects Scholars Across Disciplines

Indermit Gill, a Duke economics professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, is a prolific research blogger.


Home Visiting Program Linked to Reductions in Child Abuse

Family Connects, a program in which nurses conduct home visits for newborns and their families, is linked to substantial reductions in child maltreatment investigations in children’s earliest years, according to new research from Duke University. Program participants had 44 percent lower rates of child maltreatment investigations during children’s first 24 months of life, compared with parents who did not receive the program, researchers found.


Sanford School Announces Two Hart Leadership Program Professorships of the Practice

A $3 million gift to Duke University will support two Hart Leadership Program Professors of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program, announced Sanford School Dean Judith Kelley.


Making Sense of the Impeachment Inquiry

A panel of Duke professors on Monday discussed the political, legal and national security issues raised by the U.S. House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Moderator B.J. Rudell, associate director of POLIS, kicked off the discussion at the Sanford School by asking what are “high crimes and misdemeanors” according to the impeachment clause of the U.S. Constitution.  


DCID to Host Humphrey Fellows Program in Development Economics

The Duke Center for International Development (DCID) will offer a two-week program for 12 senior professionals from around the world as part of The Distinguished Humphrey Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S.


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.