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Alum Leads Oversight at U.S. Department of Interior

Being confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a high-level government appointment would be a highlight in anyone’s career. But for Mark Greenblatt PPS’ 95, becoming Inspector General of the United States Department of the Interior (IG DOI) also carried a broader significance: It is the first time the office has a Senate-confirmed Inspector General in more than a decade.


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. The prize will be awarded in a ceremony in Stockholm June 10, 2020.


Alumnus Profile: A Career Dedicated to Creating Opportunity in Public and Private Sector Alike

“She wanted a solution to migrant labor by end of day Monday. It was a Thursday.” At the time, Sam Walker PPS ’80 was the acting administrator for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. The directive was from Elizabeth Dole, U.S. Secretary of Labor under President George H.W. Bush and fellow Duke alum. Dole had just returned from a visit to sugarcane fields in Florida and was so horrified by the conditions she called on Walker for an immediate solution.


Sanford Alums Honored at Homecoming

Several Sanford alumni were honored at Homecoming weekend at a ceremony in the new Karsh Alumni Center.


Ubel Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Peter Ubel looking into space.

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.


Former Facebook Global Policy Expert to Lead Tech Policy Initiative at Duke

Matt Perrault smiling

When Senator Elizabeth Warren calls for breaking up tech companies, a gunman uses Facebook Live to broadcast a massacre in Christchurch, or thousands of people discover that their data was leaked to Cambridge Analytica, policymakers seek to develop solutions that will make tech products better.  As Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Development, Matt Perault MPP’08 was in the position of trying to develop these solutions.


Coffee in Jordan Leads to an MPP at Sanford

Hardy Vieux MPP'93 and Maria Rameriz MPP'20

Earlier this year, Maria Ramirez MPP’20 sat down to prepare to speak to members of the Sanford School Board of Visitors about her experiences as a student. As she looked through the packet of information about the board members, she was surprised to see a familiar face: Hardy Vieux PPS’93.  


Mastrangelo, Top Thesis Winner, Studied Child Abuse Prevention

Madison Mastrangelo standing in front of a door at Duke ChapelMadison Mastrangelo PPS’19 is receiving the Sanford School of Public Policy award for Best Honors Thesis for her work on No Hit Zones, a policy to prevent corporal punishment. Mastrangelo explains how she became interested in the topic and what this research has meant to her.


Kushal Kadakia Receives Joel Fleishman Distinguished Scholar Award

Kushal Kadakia in cap and gown on Duke stepsKushal Kadakia PPS’19 adds the Joel Fleishman Distinguished Scholar Award to his list of honors. The award is given annually by the Sanford School of Public Policy to a graduating senior for highest academic achievement in public policy. For his outstanding research and academic accomplishments, Kadakia also has been named a Rhodes Scholar, Truman Scholar, Duke Faculty Scholar and w winner of the Forever Duke Leadership Award.


Jentleson Named Few Professor of Public Policy

Bruce JentlesonProfessor Bruce Jentleson has been awarded a distinguished professorship, the William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy. The William Preston Few chair is named for the first president of Duke University (1924-1940) and the fifth president of its predecessor, Trinity College (1910-1924).


On Leadership, Listening and Learning Arabic

Amulya sitting at a desk, looking into the distance

Amulya Vadapalli headshotThroughout her Duke career, Amulya Vadapalli PPS’19 has been preparing to make a difference. By advocating for issues she is passionate about and taking on numerous leadership roles, Vadapalli has been gathering the tools she needs to make an impact.


"The Business of Building Hope" Alumnus Profile: Sarhang Hamasaeed MIDP’07

Sarhang Hamasaeed

“I was born into conflict,” said Sarhang Hamasaeed MIDP’07. His parents met when they had become neighbors after their home villages were destroyed. He was four years old when the Iran-Iraq war broke out and he remembers Iranian jets bombing his city.