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Here are the top Sanford stories of 2018.

1. Judith Kelley Named Dean of Sanford School

In January, Duke University President Vincent Price announced that Judith Kelley, an expert on human rights, democracy and elections, was named the third dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the first woman to serve in the position. Read story | Watch Judith talk about her research | Watch Judith talk about her goals

2. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Speaks at Sanford

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave the spring 2018 Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture to a packed house in Page Auditorium. In conversation with Professor Peter Feaver, she discussed the Trump administration’s approach to international relations and encouraged students to pursue careers in public service. Read story | Watch lecture

3. Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad Speaks at Duke

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad sat down with Sanford School Dean Judith Kelley on Monday to discuss her work on behalf of the Yazidi people after the attempted genocide by Islamic State (ISIS) forces. She spoke to more than 600 people at Penn Pavilion with the assistance of fellow activist and translator Abid Shamdeen. The talk was part of the Crown Lecture Series in Ethics. Read story | Watch video highlights

4. Sanford Student Wins Rhodes Scholarship  

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Kushal Kadakia PPS'19

Kushal Kadakia PPS’19 was one of three Duke students to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Kadakia is preparing for a career in medicine and public policy by completing the requirements for medical school as well as double majoring in biology and public policy, with a minor in public health. He is also a 2018 Harry S. Truman Scholarship winner. Read story


5. How Do Criminals Get Their Guns ? 

Professor Philip J. Cook studies gun policy and gun markets. For one project, his team went to one of the largest jails in the country and asked the inmates one simple question: where do you get your guns? This episode was the most listened to Ways & Means podcast of the year, and it was featured by NPR on the NPR One app. Listen to podcast

6. Sanford School Receives NASPPA Diversity, Social Justice Award

The Sanford School and Jay Pearson, assistant professor of public policy, have been selected to receive two awards from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) in recognition of work, research, and teaching in the areas of diversity and social justice. Read story

7. Research on Bengalaru Slums Receiving National Attention in India

A Duke team’s research on slums in Bengaluru (formerly, Bangalore) and two other India cities with large, growing populations is drawing attention from policymakers and the national press. Their findings have significant implications for urban poverty programs. Read about the research

8. Powering the World (Policy 360 Podcast)

More than one billion people in the live without electricity. Professor Subhrendu Pattanayak is leading the new Duke Energy Access Project to address the energy needs of the world’s poor. Listen to podcast


9. Growing Wealth Gap Between Families with Children and Seniors

The wealth gap between families with children and households with senior has ballooned since 1989 according to research by Professor Christina Gibson-Davis. Her op-ed on the topic was featured in The New York Times Magazine. Read research story | Read NY Times Magazine OpEd

10. Successful Durham Infant Home-Visiting Program Goes National

Ken Dodge is leading the nationwide expansion of a nurse visiting program for newborns, based on the model he helped create: Durham Connects. Read story

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What You Do Here Matters

Ashley Claw PPS'18 is the first in her family to attend college. At Duke, she majored in public policy and helped grow the university’s Native American Student Alliance.