Polis: Center for Politics is committed to increasing our understanding of politics locally, nationally, and globally.
We aim to promote powerful politics research, to foster rich political discourse, and to help a new generation of leaders find on-ramps to public service.


  • Discourse for Democracy: Local Politics & Democracy

    Date:  11/17/21

    Discourse for Democracy: Local Politics & Democracy
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  • Unify Challenge

    Date:  10/25/21 - 10/27/21

    Unify Challenge
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  • Discourse for Democracy: Mayor Steve Schewel

    Date:  10/20/21

    Discourse for Democracy: Mayor Steve Schewel
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Research with Impact


Political scientists at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy draw upon a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to produce...  Read More

Duke Sanford PolicyLab

Policy Lab is a nonpartisan, service-learning project which gives undergraduate students the opportunity to research policy questions and draft solutions for...  Read More

Ways & Means Podcast

Polis is proud to sponsor of Season 5 of Ways & Means. Produced by the Duke Sanford Communication team, this award winning podcast showcases cutting-edge... Read More

Join Polis and Unify America in taking the Unify Challenge!

Announcing the Innovation Accelerator's Policy Pitch Competition Top 7 Teams!

Marking the Centennial of the 19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment Today: Student Stories

Today is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment!

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