Politics and Public Policy Announcements

November 11, 2023

If you are a Duke alum or student volunteering, interning, or working in politics or policy, please join the bipartisan

Duke Alumni

June 23, 2023

When: Friday, June 30 from 17h30 - 19h00

Duke Alumni

June 23, 2023

When: Friday, June 30 from 17h30 - 19h00

American University Clubs of France (AUC)

June 20, 2023

Duke alumni are cordially invited to join us for the American University Clubs of France's Annual Embassy Reception and Summer Cocktail on Monday, July 10, 2023, at the historic Hôtel Talleyrand.

Location: Hôtel Talleyrand, 2 Rue Saint-Florentin, 75001 Paris

Time:  Entry will be between 18:30 to 19:30. Our cocktail with Champagne and aperitif will begin at 19:00 and will end at 22:00. There will be a welcome speech at 19:00.

Team members participating in 40th anniversary march for environmental justice in Warren County, NC (Photo: Cameron Oglesby).

October 10, 2022

While stepping into a new era with the Duke Climate Commitment, Duke also looks back on a long state history of environmental justice advocacy and the injustices that necessitate it.


July 11, 2022

Since 2013, the Education & Human Development theme of Bass Connections (EHD) has engaged students and faculty in interdisciplinary research exploring the range of factors contributing to positive life outcomes from personal and communal health to social and familial connections to income and employment to happiness.

Democracy “pop-up” projects.

June 6, 2022

Three new Bass Connections project teams starting this fall will address issues related to democracy and the challenges of sustaining strong democratic institutions in a polarized world.

August 23, 2022

Every year Duke Alumni Engagement and Development presents awards to alumni who embody the spirit of Forever Duke and advance the Duke ideal of “knowledge in the service of society.” Congratulations to our Sanford 2022 Winners!

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August 5, 2022

Many people credit college with saving them, but Duke actually saved Chasity Boyce's life when she was a baby.  She was born in High Point, but was airlifted to Duke, where doctors were able to diagnois and treat her. Boyce grew up determined to attend Duke and to give back to her community and to her college. https://sanford.duke.edu/story/chasity-boyce-pps06-duke-saved-my-life/

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August 2, 2022

Deondra Rose, associate professor of public policy, political science and history in the Sanford School of Public Policy and director of Polis: the Center for Politics, has been named by Duke University as a Bass Chair in recognition of excellence in undergraduate teaching and research.

Rose will be the Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor, effective July 1 for a five-year term. She will become a lifetime member of the Bass Society of Fellows.

April 11, 2022

Paul Teller '93 hosted a dinner for alumni with varying ideologies interested in engaging in meaningful dialogue about policy and politics.  Attendees enjoyed an evening of respectful conversation with the goal of listening first and finding common ground. Thank you Paul for your generosity in hosting the dinner!

March 10, 2021

Adam Petty has worn just about every DukeEngage hat that exists. He participated in the Uganda-Kaihura program in 2013 and returned as a site coordinator in 2016. He’s presented to the DukeEngage Advisory Board, volunteered at the Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy, and worked as a program coordinator with ACE, a DukeEngage-like program for student-athletes.

January 14, 2021

The Sanford MPP Mentoring Program matches current MPP students with MPP alumni who offer support and guidance based on their own educational and professional experiences. Mentors meet with their mentees (often virtually) at least once per month from the middle of their first year through the middle of their second year. Registration will become available in January.

Sanford School of Public Policy

October 29, 2020

Sanford alumni serve in a variety of ways. You are invited to volunteer in critical roles that will contribute to the growth, leadership and future of our program and the world. Check out the variety of opportunities available here: https://sanford.duke.edu/connect/alumni-friends/volunteer

Dean Kelley

October 28, 2020

"Public policy has never been more essential to tackle the world’s greatest challenges," writes Dean Judith Kelley in Sanford's 2020 Annual Report.  The Sanford Annual Report is available online (and it’s much more interesting than your typical annual report!) https://sites.sanford.duke.edu/annualreport/

October 22, 2020

Preparing for this upcoming election, Lydia Simmons is one of the original team members working behind the scenes at Women for Biden, a grassroots coalition of now 600,000 women across the country who support Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. 

September 27, 2020

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Voting is state-by-state and county-by-county exercise. You should visit your state or county Board of Elections websites for information on voting where you live.

DBA also offers other resources below to help you navigate the voting process. Remember to make a plan and vote early! It is important that everyone have a say in our Democracy.


September 4, 2020

A podcast devoted to exploring the tech industry, the products and policy decisions that shape it, and its impact on our everyday lives.

Duke Science & Society

September 4, 2020

The Duke Initiative for Science & Society (“Science & Society”) fosters research, education, communication, democratic deliberation, and policy engagement on the ethical progress of science and technology in society. Science & Society takes an interdisciplinary approach, with a focus on applied ethics and policy, to advance the responsible use of science and technology for humanity.

April 22, 2020

Check out this new initiative, Call + Response, a program for Black/African-American students graduating college this year (2020) with an Associate's or Bachelor's in political science, government affairs, international relations or other related majors. 

December 23, 2019


In 2018, AGS partnered with a team of scholar-practitioners from Johns Hopkins University, and University of Texas-Austin to launch a consortium to better prepare the next generation to confront geopolitical challenges and better understand American national interests abroad. 

Next Year Duke AGS will host our first Post-Doc Fellow as part of the America in the World Consortium. 

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June 11, 2019

We are creating a community of alumni who work in public service and would be willing to discuss their careers and give advice to current students with public service interests. Your participation will support both the students and the advisors who work with them across campus.

January 3, 2019

Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is seeking a research associate for U.S. foreign policy to work at the Council's New York office. The job description is below. Interested candidates should apply at this link.

November 19, 2018

Duke student reporters are covering Durham news, in The 9th Street Journal.

They just published this great story on Steve Schewel, Durham's mayor and Duke alum.

Story by Julianna Rennie '21

Dat Analysis by Asa Royal '19

Ways & Means Podcast Duke

July 12, 2018

Since it started in 2015, the Ways & Means podcast has showcased the research of the Sanford School of Public Policy through personal stories.