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Dean Judith Kelley and the Sanford community celebrated the significant contributions and careers of four retiring faculty members on April 25.

These faculty members have been part of our institutional fabric at Sanford. We celebrate their accomplishments. Congratulations to these faculty members on many years of service.

Dean Judith Kelley

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Charlie Clotfelter

  • Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy
  • Professor of Economics and Law
  • Faculty affiliate of Center for Child and Family Policy
  • Research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research

An alumnus of Duke in 1969, Charlie Clotfelter returned to his alma mater at the formative stages of the Sanford School of Public Policy. At Duke, he served as vice provost for academic policy and planning, vice chancellor, vice provost for academic programs, and associate dean of academic programs at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Clotfelter has expertise in economics of education, public finance and the nonprofit sector. He and faculty member Sunny Ladd have been included in the list of most influential scholars in education by Education Week for 10 years in a row. He is the author or co-author of at least 10 books. In 2015, he was elected to the National Academy of Education. In 2004, he was the co-winner of the Gladys M. Kammerer prize, awarded by the American Political Science Association for the best political science publication in the field of U.S. national policy in 2004, for After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation. 

Dean Kelley: “Charlie you have had an illustrious career and we will miss you at Sanford.”

Cory Krupp: “Charlie has been an inspiring economics professor, immersing students in economics and policy, even taking classes to prisons to talk about prison policy. While associate dean before me at Sanford, he developed a mentoring program for assistant professors. He is always innovating.”


Sanford 'Great Family'

“I have had a great family at Sanford and Duke, including my colleagues and our staff. I also recognize my colleagues in public finance retiring from DCID. Their work in international public finance was applied to real-world problems.” – Charlie Clotfelter


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Roy Kelly

  • Professor of the Practice
  • Director of the Program on Fiscal Decentralization and Local Government Financial Management

An expert in fiscal decentralization, local government finance and property taxation, Kelly has 40 years of experience in teaching and in designing and implementing public financial reforms, serving as a resident advisor to the governments of Indonesia, Kenya, Cambodia and Tanzania and as a short-term advisor in over 30 different countries.  Prior to coming to Duke, he spent 19 years with the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), and the Harvard International Tax Program, focusing on local government finance, tax analysis and project evaluation. Kelly earned his PhD from Harvard in 1985.

Bruce Jentleson: “In the past 20 years, Duke has internationalized tremendously. DCID was the heart of Duke’s early global presence.”

Jon Abels: “These faculty pushed the boundaries of Duke administration, making new things happen in challenging environments. They demonstrated a commitment to their work and to each other.”


Deep Bonds

“I have really enjoyed my 22 years with Duke. Being able to share with and learn from students, faculty and colleagues from all over the world has been enormously rewarding.  All three of our children graduated from Duke, two from Sanford with PPS majors, and two marrying their Duke sweethearts--our bonds with Duke run deep!”- Roy Kelly

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GP Shukla (Gangadhar Prasad Shukla)

  • Professor of the Practice, DCID faculty member
  • Director of the Program on Tax Analysis and Revenue Forecasting (TARF)

Shukla served the government of India for 20 years in a variety of local, state and central government executive positions. With expertise in tax analysis and revenue forecasting, public finance for open economies, investment appraisal, taxation of natural resources, he helped governments worldwide. Previously, he was a lecturer and a Development Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and an Associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID). Shukla has a Ph.D. in Political Economics and Government from Harvard University.

Manoj Mohanan: “Every person I met in government offices around the world asked: Do you know the DCID faculty? When I joined Duke in 2011, I was delighted to be a colleague with you. And you have been generous colleagues.”

Francis Lethem: “The great work of the public finance group is the great work of Duke University.”


Enjoyable Journey

“It has been a challenging but enjoyable journey. We are not disappearing!” – GP Shukla

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Fernando Fernholz

  • Professor Emeritus of the Practice
  • Director of the Program on Project Appraisal and Risk Management (PARM) at DCID

With expertise in economic development, policies for development and public finance, Fernholz has lectured on public debt, finance, balance of payments, macroeconomic issues in courses and workshops worldwide. He was a Development Associate working with the Public Finance Group of HIID and was resident advisor in different countries in Asia and Africa. He has done short-term advisory work in countries such as Russia, India, Panama, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda, Namibia, and Mozambique. He has been faculty of the PARM program since 1985. His education includes a Master of Civil Engineering from the RWTH Aachen in Germany, Master of Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University.


Early Backbone of DCID

Dean Kelley: “These faculty members have consulted and advised countries around the world. They were the early backbone of our Duke Center for International Development, forming the public finance group and working as a team to give advice to governments. Congratulations on retirement.”

Celebrating Excellence