The faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy lead or collaborate with a wide variety of on-campus interdisciplinary research centers that are exploring vital policy questions and bringing provocative and timely speakers to campus. These research hubs can offer students opportunities to work with faculty on ground-breaking research, and to engage with leaders in many fields.
Listed below are institutes, centers and programs housed at the Sanford School, as well as other Duke centers in which public policy faculty members are active. Those led by Sanford School core or secondary faculty members include the faculty director’s name.
Children & Families
Ethics and Leadership
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A Nurse Home-Visiting Program
Durham Connects nurse Liz Stevens visits with a Durham parent and her child. The Duke Center for Child & Family Policy launched the nurse home visiting program in 2008 as part of research into ways to prevent child neglect. Durham Connects has grown into a Durham nonprofit agency that offers home visits to all Durham County parents. The intervention was tied to reduced emergency visits and an estimated 3-to-1 return on investment.
Learn more about the Durham Connects organization on their website.
Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy, and the Professions
Director: Joel Fleishman
National Security/ Foreign Policy
Featured Faculty Research: Inequality
Durham, NC is growing, but it has a legacy of inequality. For example, many neighborhoods had "covenants" requiring that excluded non-whites from buying homes. Professor Bob Korstad has been looking into the issue, and his research has been turned into a civic education initiative, Bull City 150: Reckoning with Durham's Past to Build a More Equitable Future. The project culminates in 2019, Durham's 150th birthday.