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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).


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.


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.


Shandiin Herrera, Terry Sanford Leadership Award Winner, 2019

Shandiin Herrera’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community for native students at Duke and her advocacy for Navajo women and men have earned her numerous awards and recognition at Duke and beyond—including the Terry Sanford Leadership Award.


‘Accidental Banker’ Lands Dream Job

Sekou Kaalund gesturing at a podium

Sanford alumnus Sekou Kaalund MPP’99 has landed his “dream-come-true job” as head of JP Morgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative. The new program aims to help black Americans achieve greater economic success, and is the first of its kind.


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.