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Noah M. Pickus
Associate Provost and Senior Advisor, Duke University
Dean of Undergraduate Curricula Affairs and Faculty Development at Duke Kunshan University
Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy

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Ph.D., Princeton University (1995)
M.A., Princeton University (1990)
B.A., Wesleyan University (1986)


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Noah Pickus on Duke Kunshan University's pivot to digital teaching:




Noah Pickus was interviewed for the Big Rethink project:



Noah Pickus led the creation of Duke's Winter Breakaway Program:



Noah Pickus teaches "Hamilton: Music, History and Politics" during Duke's Spring Breakthrough:


Imagining a new university in a new country in a new century. Read about Noah Pickus' role in the development of Duke's campus in Kunshan, China:

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Noah Pickus is Associate Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost at Duke University, Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development at Duke Kunshan University (DKU), and Professor of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy.  At Duke, he co-authored the university’s new strategic plan and focuses on cross-university initiatives. At DKU, he led the design of an innovative, interdisciplinary, and problem-based undergraduate curriculum and is responsible for hiring a new faculty, implementing the curriculum, and developing innovative pedagogical approaches. 

Pickus was previously the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics (KIE) at Duke University, where he established the institute as a signature university-wide program and oversaw its expansion in research, policy engagement, and high impact undergraduate programming. Prior to joining the Kenan Institute for Ethics, he was the founding director of the Institute for Emerging Issues under former Governor James B. Hunt Jr. at NC State University, a university-based venture in shaping public debate, public policy, and institutional practices.

An American Council on Education Fellow at Franklin & Marshall College, he currently co-directs the Arizona State University-Georgetown University Academy for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership Intensive Program. He previously co-directed the Brookings-Duke Immigration Policy Roundtable and is the author of True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism (Princeton University Press) and Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield), as well as articles and opinion pieces on innovation, globalization, and higher education. 

Pickus is an author of multiple policy reports including Liberal Arts and Sciences Innovation in China: Six Recommendations to Shape the Future; Breaking the Immigration Stalemate: From Deep Disagreements to Constructive Proposals; Jump-Starting Innovation: 10 Principles to Guide the New EconomyBiotechnology and Humanity at the Crossroads of a New Era; and Becoming American/America Becoming.

He teaches courses on immigration, education, and ethics. He has previously taught at Middlebury College as well as in China and Israel. Pickus has held fellowships from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, the A.W. Mellon Foundation, and the H.B. Earhart Foundation. A native Californian, he is a triathlete and faculty advisor for the Duke Triathlon Club and the Duke Honor Council. He is president of Beth El Synagogue in Durham, NC. Pickus earned a bachelor’s degree in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and a doctorate in politics from Princeton University.

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