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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.


Bond to Join Sanford School in Lead Fundraising Role

Joshua Bond smiling at camera

Joshua Bond, an experienced higher education development professional, will join the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy as associate dean for development and alumni relations, incoming Dean Judith Kelley announced today.

“Josh brings a depth of professional experience and results from nearly two decades around Duke,” Kelley said.


Alumna Leads Sanford, Self-Help Partnership for Food Equity

Kharmika Alston

As a Food System Finance Fellow, Kharmika Alston MPP’12 splits her time between the Self-Help Credit Union in downtown Durham and the World Food Policy Center at the Sanford School. Alston’s job is to work with food entrepreneurs of color from across North Carolina, providing technical assistance for securing financing and helping create networks for sharing best practices.


#HumansofDukeSanford Betsy Broaddus PPS ’20

“I honestly didn’t know what I would major in my senior year of high school. But the summer before I came here, I watched all of Parks & Recreation. And I saw so much of myself and my personality in the main character, Leslie Knope, who’s a bureaucrat and a civil servant who works for her community."


Alum Damjan DeNoble Combines Law, Technology to Help Immigrants

Damjan Denoble

Damjan Denoble PPS’07 is an immigration attorney, but he’s an immigration attorney who has had a diverse and circuitous career path. While at Sanford, Denoble’s involvement in Professor Tony Brown’s courses and service-based activities, both of which contributed to his being awarded the William J. Griffith University Service Award as a senior, inspired him to enter the field of social entrepreneurship.


Alumna Profile: Caroline Fairchild PPS'12 Is Changing the World of Media On LinkedIn

Caroline Fairchild

By Adam Beyer

When people think of LinkedIn, they think of it is as the leading social media network for professionals. But today, LinkedIn is a growing source of news and original reporting.