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Champion of Immigrants And Farmworkers Selected As Truman Scholar

Daisy Almonte smiling at camera

Duke University junior Daisy Almonte is among 62 students selected nationally as 2019 Truman Scholars. Almonte is pursuing an interdepartmental major combining public policy and sociology. She is is one of the youngest board members of Student Action with Farm Workers, which seeks to improve living and working conditions for farmworkers in North Carolina.


Don Taylor Appointed Director of the Social Science Research Institute

Don Taylor

Don Taylor, a leading scholar of health policy, has been named director of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), Provost Sally Kornbluth announced this week. SSRI is one of Duke’s six signature interdisciplinary institutes with a mission of promoting multidisciplinary research on important social issues.


Journalist Turns Her Own Story of Grief Into Company

“The greatest thing that Duke gave me was the reassurance that I could overcome anything,” says Kimberly Holmes Wiggins PPS’02. Her perseverance, determination, and compassion have contributed to her success in journalism and led her to start her own business.


Sanford Faculty Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 - Education

Sally Nuamah standing in an auditorium

Sanford Faculty member Sally Nuamah has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 - Education List for 2019. The list aims to connect a cohort of "America's most precocious visionaries" in the world of learning. The list is selective; only 4 percent of those nominated are recognized by the judges.


Alum Uses Statistical Analysis to Uncover Patterns, Stories

Emily Hadley PPS’15 discovered what she wanted to study at Duke when she took Public Policy 155 and Statistics 101 during the same semester and felt like they “fit together.” The skills she developed have been integral to her meaningful work as a college advisor, a graduate student, and now as a data scientist at RTI International.


Alumnus Michael Sorrell: Innovative Leader [Podcast]

Michael Sorrell

Michael Sorrell is president of Paul Quinn College, and he has turned the historically black institution in Dallas into what he calls “an engine of social mobility.”

He became president of Paul Quinn in 2007. At the time there were more than a dozen abandoned buildings on campus. Michael Sorrell has since been named HBCU President of the Year three times for his contributions to higher education, and this year he was named to Fortune’s List of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.


Scholar, Advocate and Documentary Filmmaker Joins the Sanford Faculty

The Sanford School welcomes Sally Nuamah to the faculty as an assistant professor. Nuamah is not only an academic, but a documentary filmmaker, writer and staunch advocate for girls’ education, the subject of the majority of her studies. Nuamah [Nya - ma] comes to Sanford after a series of competitive research fellowships with The University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Harvard. She holds a PhD in political science from Northwestern University.


Alum Brett Chambers PPS'79: Public Policy Trailblazer Built Career in Media, Education

Alum Brett Chambers PPS'79: Broadcaster, Musican, Educator

Brett Chambers’ PPS’79 career can’t be described with simply one title, as he’s held varied positions in broadcasting and education. Now a professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), one of the top historically black universities in the country, he’s also a television producer, director and musician. His wide range of interests is what led him to become one of the early public policy graduates from Duke.


Q&A with MPP Alumnus Vincent Whalen

Now working as a consultant Vincent Whalen MPP’18 shared his experience as a master’s student at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Hear from this successful MPP alumnus in his own words.


Alumna Lauren Hendricks PPS'12 Coordinates Appearances for Democrats’ Big Names

When Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez visited the Sanford School in April, a Sanford alumna was at his side. Lauren Hendricks PPS’12 is the political surrogate program manager at the DNC. In that role, she coordinates the efforts of political influencers and celebrities – not just politicians or candidates – who travel around the country sharing the party’s message. 


"What You Do Here Matters" - First Gen Native American Ashley Claw's (PPS'18) Story

Alumna Ashley Claw PPS'18 at reservation wearing traditional Native American outfit

Ashley Claw's parents and grandparents grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Ashley remembers visiting Duke for the first time as a part of a program designed to introduce native students to Duke. "I was thinking this school is way beyond what I thought I could ever achieve," Ashley remembers. But she found success at Duke. She majored in public policy and was instrumental in growing Duke's Native American Student Alliance.


Sanford Alum '09 Jin Soo Huh: Don't Ignore the Road Less Traveled

Sanford Alum '09 Jin Soo Huh talks about his unfolding career path in Education.