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Duke Gun Violence Scholar Wins Stockholm Prize

Phil Cook, inside, hands in pockets, smiling

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. June 2021 Update: The prize will be awarded in a ceremony in Stockholm on June 15, 2021.


MIDP alumnus Delivers Life-saving Solutions During India's Covid Crisis

Man distributing items, people waiting

When families in India began scouring their communities for oxygen in late April, a Duke alumnus living in India sprang into action to help save countless lives.


Betsy Broaddus PPS’20 and the Pulse of Public Opinion

Betsy Broaddus PPS20

As a research assistant at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, Betsy Broaddus PPS’20 has the type of policy research job she had hoped for. But like many people, and especially those in the class of 2020, the pandemic made the job search more protracted and difficult.


A Sanford Love Story: Emily Hutz MPP’16 and August Mao MPP’16

Emily Hutz MPP'16 and August Mao MPP'16

Emily Hutz MPP ’16 remembers meeting August Mao MPP ’16, her future husband, at Admitted Students Day. August, regrettably, doesn’t remember meeting her that day — it’s a point they joke about often.


Nevins PPS’07 MPP’16 helped forge a united veteran community at Duke

Patrick Nevins PPS'07 MPP'16

Patrick Nevins’ military experience is book ended by his two stops at Sanford. He began active-duty service after his Duke undergraduate graduation in 2007 and wrapped up his service upon returning to Sanford for his MPP in 2014.


Alumna Profile: To Ebonie Simpson PPS’12, Policy is Personal

Ebonie Simpson PPS ’12, the co-executive director of the Lower Eastside Girls Club, feels the impact of representation every day. As a Black woman leading an organization that primarily serves girls of color, she is a witness to the intangible value of her presence to the community she serves.


Scholar of health policy joins Sanford faculty

Kate Bundorf

Kate Bundorf, a health economist who studies health care systems, joins the Sanford School of Public Policy as the S. Malcolm Gillis Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and an affiliate of the Margolis Center of Health Policy. “One of the things I love about health policy is that it sits at the intersection of disciplines, and I enjoy interacting with people who have different approaches and different views about health care,” Bundorf said.


Cook Society to Honor Ph.D. Student Ajenai Clemmons

Ajenai Clemmons, a Ph.D. student in public policy, has been named a recipient of the 2021 Samuel DuBois Cook Society Awards, which recognize individuals who routinely enrich the lives of people in the Duke community and contribute to the betterment of all people, above and beyond their given roles.


Alumna Profile: Stephanie McGarrah MPP’00--Leading the State’s Pandemic Recovery

On May 4, 2020, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 1043, which among other things established the North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office (NCPRO) to “ensure coordination of federal funds received by State agencies and local governments, and proper reporting and accounting of all funds,” including the $3.6 billion from the Cares Act. Three weeks later Stephanie McGarrah MPP ’00 was appointed to direct the office.


Using Technology for Peace: Alumna Branka Panic MIDP ‘19

After an expansive career in peace building and reconciliation, Branka Panic MIDP ‘19 founded AI for Peace, a global organization based in San Francisco. True to its name, she describes the work as “using artificial intelligence to create lasting peace, security, and sustainable development.”


Alumna Profile: A Global Citizen Dedicated to Paying It Forward

Joy Basu

Before coming to Duke, Joy Basu PPS’08 lived her entire life in the same house, a split-level on a suburban corner in a conservative Illinois town. Since leaving Duke, she has moved almost twenty times, crossing the country and the globe. Currently living in San Francisco, Basu strives to “act as a thoughtful global citizen, with strong Midwestern roots.” While her path has carried her between the public and the private sphere, she has always felt a clear connection to her public policy training.


Business, education leader brings experiences to students and executives at Duke

Stan Litow

For the past several years, Stan Litow has contributed his expertise in corporate social responsibility, education and innovation to students in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. This fall, he does so with a new title: Accenture Visiting Professor of the Practice.