This January, Polis welcomed Congressman David Price back to Duke’s campus as a Polis Distinguished Fellow. He had previously served as the representative for NC’s… Continue Reading Congressman David Price on His Life and Career as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, The Washington Post
Sanford Professor Mac McCorkle was quoted in Carolina’s Own Queen City News on the North Carolina governor’s race and new faces representing at the federal… Continue Reading Professor Mac McCorkle on the Political Landscape in 2023, Carolina’s Own Queen City News
Polis Distinguished Fellow Congressman David Price did an interview with Axios for their “Local Limelight” series. Price spoke about his 30 years as a democrat… Continue Reading Congressman David Price on the Triangle and His Tenure in Congress, AXIOS Raleigh
Sanford Professor Kristin Goss was quoted in the Washington Post on gun reform and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization advocating for stricture gun laws founded by Shannon Watts. Approximately 140 volunteers of the organization were elected to office this past midterm election. Professor Goss, citing the work and successes of Watt’s organization, says “Nothing drives me crazier than when people say 20 [children] were killed and nothing changed. That is not true.” She argues that although Congress did not pass any sweeping gun legislation, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America have been a pivotal force in the movement. Still, Watt’s is hoping for more change. When Congress did little after Sandy Hook, she realized she needed gun-sense candidates to run for office. Goss states that the organization “knew a real key to success would not just be policy change, but a change in personnel; you needed to change who was making the decision about gun policy.”
One study by two Louisiana State University professors titled “Emotional Judges and Unlucky Juveniles” exposes an almost laughable, yet dark reality of the American justice system. It looks at the correlation between the performance of judges’ favorite football teams and the harshness of their sentencing. Sure enough, they found that when a judges preferred football team lost, inmates were behind bars for longer. Oh and, surprise, they also handed harsher sentences to black defendants. My point, though, is to underline the variability of human decision regarding the death penalty. Proponents of capital punishment support taking murderers off the streets and handing just punishment to the most heinous criminals. I am not writing to oppose this. In a perfect world, this would be attainable. But this is not a perfect world, and humans are far from perfect. Instead, I believe the death penalty should be eliminated because of the inevitable fallibility of those who hand it down.
December 23rd is the release date for Sanford Professor Nick Carnes and co-author Carrol University Professor Lilly J. Goren’s book, The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They argue that the MCU is “a deeply political universe,” touching on all realms of government, public policy, and society. 25 leading scholars help explore various modern day political issues including civil-military relations, racial injustice, environmental catastrophe, political misinformation, and themes of diversity and representation. This is the first book to take a deep dive into the political messages within the MCU and ask the question, “What lessons are this entertainment juggernaut teaching audiences about politics, society, power, gender, and inequality?”
The western world’s alienation of civilians of Russian origin will leave long-lasting effects that are incredibly harmful to individual well-being. Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of Ukraine has unmistakably sparked worldwide fear of one of the most colossal humanitarian violations of our lifetime. Russia has acted barbarically and inflicted brutal force on Ukrainian civilians and cities. However, Russian-Americans that have established businesses in the U.S or athletes of Russian descent qualified to run in marathons now being stripped of their careers due to their background is far from justifiable.
After months of rising tensions, Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. The conflict has had a staggering humanitarian toll: 2,685 civilians have been killed and another 4.1 million refugees have fled their homes. The EU crisis commissioner warned Europe to prepare for over seven million internally displaced Ukrainians; this level of displacement would make Ukraine the largest refugee crisis in recent memory. Given Jake Sullivan’s prediction the war will continue for “months,” the crisis will only escalate further.
Semiconductors chips are the linchpin of the global economy. These chips are not just in your iPhone and car but also operate the robotics machines and assembly lines that manufacture and distribute our everyday goods. What most Americans do not know though is how difficult and expensive they are to manufacture and how globalized the supply chain is. Most chips start their life in the lab of a U.S. tech company. The blueprints are then sent to foundries, specialized factories for semiconductor chips, before being integrated into the devices and systems that power our economy.
Roughly every tenth Uyghur was forced into concentration camps by Chinese authorities without any trial or on baseless accusations. In camps, Uyghurs are beaten, raped, tortured, and punished for speaking their native language and exercising religion. Children of detainees are placed in state orphanages where, again, they are punished for speaking their language and are brainwashed with fear and aggression.
Rising tension between Taiwan and China poses the biggest threat to Asia’s geopolitical stability this year. The Biden administration must navigate this fragile relationship carefully to avoid the disastrous risk of a full-out war between the U.S. and China. Yet the U.S.’ current approach — being purposefully vague about its support for Taiwan — is ineffective against an increasingly aggressive China. Instead, Washington should make it clear that it would defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion while reminding Beijing that the U.S. does not support Taiwanese independence. Biden must walk a fine line between these two interests.
Professor Mac McCorkle has been quoted in The Chronicle on the newly-elected NC state government. He discussed the possibility of Republicans in the House overriding… Continue Reading Professor McCorkle on the Newly-Elected NC Government, The Chronicle
Alex Naper (’26) is studying Public Policy at Duke University Last Month I was able to participate in the Project Citizen orientation program. This was… Continue Reading Project Citizen: Alex Naper (’26)
Lila Godfrey (’26) is a statistics major at Duke University. Duke’s new experiential orientation was no joke. As I explored my options for when I… Continue Reading Project Citizen: Lila Godfrey (’26)
Angelie Quimbo (’26) is planning on majoring in political science and global health. Orientation week seems like such a long time ago when looking at… Continue Reading Project Citizen: Angelie Quimbo (’26)
Following the 2022 Midterm Elections, Duke faculty spoke at a press briefing open to media and the public at the Sanford School of Public Policy.… Continue Reading Faculty Press Briefing on 2022 Midterm Election
Imagine you’re an Ohioan trying to decide who to vote for in an important election. One candidate says “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” — an important industry in your state and the whole Appalachian region. To that, the other candidate responds — “These are amazing people. And it’s not going to happen.” You might remember that the first candidate was Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential Election, and the second Donald Trump.
Three of the nation’s largest credit bureaus announced changes to how medical debt will impact credit scores. Starting in July, unpaid medical collections will not impact one’s credit score until a full year has passed, up from the previous standard of six months. Additionally, medical debts under $500 will not appear on credit reports starting in 2023. While significant, the new benchmark can be reversed at any instant, meaning it is up to policymakers to enshrine these new standards into law.
On March 28, 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Florida House Bill 1557, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill.” This piece of legislation represents the latest example of politicians using the guise of parental rights in education to further their conservative political agendas.
American education is suffering from an overemphasis on school facilities over teacher pay. As the United States falls further behind in world education rankings, this issue has become even more pressing, and we must save our historically strong education system. Throughout the country, there are a variety of massive ongoing and future building campaigns, coupled with limited teacher pay increases. I’ve witnessed the detrimental effects of this trend in my own community, as large bonds have failed to address the lack of a teacher pay increase for over 6 years, prompting teachers to quit and students to suffer.
Directly following a Duke faculty Midterm Election briefing, 6 Polis Student Committee (PSC) members were interviewed by international journalists through the organization of the State Department.… Continue Reading PSC Press Briefing on the 2022 Midterm Elections
PSC Midterm Election Reflections: Massachusetts Mackenzie Sheehy (’26) Major Races Governor: With Republican Charlie Baker not up for re-election after eight years in office, the… Continue Reading PSC Midterm Election Reflections: Mackenzie Sheehy (’26) on Massachusetts
PSC Midterm Election Reflections: Arizona Katelyn Cai (PPS ’26) In 2020, the once-GOP stronghold Arizona turned blue, helping hand the presidency of the United States… Continue Reading PSC Midterm Election Reflections: Katelyn Cai (PPS ’26) on Arizona
PSC Midterm Election Reflections: Michigan Jamie Chornoby (MPP ’24) The decision of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022) overturned Roe v. Wade (1973) and… Continue Reading PSC Midterm Election Reflections: Jamie Chornoby (MPP ’24)
PSC Midterm Election Reflections: South Dakota Jordan Phillips (’26) South Dakota’s comfortably conservative voter base exempts it from the potential for sweeping policy changes in… Continue Reading PSC Midterm Election Reflections: Jordan Phillips (’26) on South Dakota
PSC Midterm Election Reflections: North Carolina Sherman Criner V (PPS ’26) Cheri Beasley Cheri Beasley is the Democratic nominee for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat… Continue Reading PSC Midterm Election Reflections: Sherman Criner V (PPS ’26) on North Carolina
PSC Midterm Election Reflections: North Carolina Chloe Decker (PPS ’25) A Personal Primary I was born and raised in Murphy, North Carolina–the westernmost town in… Continue Reading PSC Midterm Election Reflections: Chloe Decker (PPS ’25) on North Carolina
Polis Student Committee members were interviewed by the NHK, a Japanese public broadcaster on the upcoming midterm elections. Students talked about threats to democracy, polarization,… Continue Reading Polis Student Committee Members on the Midterm Election, the NHK
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For eight years, political wrangling in North Carolina over healthcare coverage has left too many of our residents vulnerable. The state is one of twelve to have not yet implemented Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, which would give coverage to nearly 600,000 additional residents who are currently without health insurance.
Last week, the Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill that makes performing an abortion a felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison. Oklahoma joins states like Texas, Florida, Idaho, and Wyoming in a recent movement aimed to criminalize abortion in the United States — a movement markedly different from one aimed to protect life.
Every decade, after the census is taken, states redraw their district lines in a process known as redistricting. The process is intended to make voting fairer by evening out district populations. However, this process can be used to manipulate elections and disenfranchise voters in a process known as gerrymandering.
Kaitlyn Lewars (’24) is one of the Program Director’s of Project Citizen. She is a double major in Biology and Global Health. “The hard work… Continue Reading Project Citizen: Kaitlyn Lewars (’24)
Pranav Mukund (’26) is planning on majoring in biomedical engineering. My experience in Project Citizen was nothing short of amazing. During orientation week, I was… Continue Reading Project Citizen: Pranav Mukund (’26)
Professor McCorkle has been quoted in The New York Times on the North Carolina Senate race along with his and Rachel Salzberg’s (MPP ’20) paper… Continue Reading Professor McCorkle on “Countrypolitan” Counties and the NC Senate Race, The New York Times
Professor Kerry Haynie, Professor Asher Hildebrand and Professor Mac McCorkle discuss the significance of the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling on the upcoming North Carolina midterm… Continue Reading Polis Steering Committee Members and Faculty Discuss the Dobbs v. Jackson Ruling on Midterm Elections
Cameron Oglesby is a Master of Public Policy Candidate (’23) studying environmental & energy policy, corporate sustainability, and environmental justice, as well as one of… Continue Reading Cameron Oglesby (MPP ’23) on “Casting Your Ballot for Environmental Justice”
Jordan Phillips (’26) is planning on majoring in public policy and history. When I called home to my nervous parents after my first day at… Continue Reading Project Citizen: Jordan Phillips (’26)
Fall 2022 Polis / PolicyLab Fellows Duke Political History Project Since its founding, Duke University has played a central role in the development of generations… Continue Reading Polis/PolicyLab Fellows Duke Political History Project
A Call for Leadership: Political Polarization and Civil Discourse at Duke University Chloe Nguyen (PPS ’24) 𝕏 Download Full Paper Chloe Nguyen (PPS ’24) In… Continue Reading “A Call for Leadership: Political Polarization and Civil Discourse at Duke University” by Chloe Nguyen (PPS ’24)
The New York Times recently reflected on Title IX’s 50 year legacy. Title IX was signed in 1972 and prohibits discrimination based on sex in… Continue Reading Professor Rose on Title IX’s Legacy, The New York Times
Kristin Goss is a Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University and an expert on gender, guns, and… Continue Reading Professor Goss on Gun Control Political Mobilization, Routledge Studies and SSQ
Former Director’s Fellow Violet Wang (PPS ’24) was published in INDY Week concerning North Carolina’s broken justice system and the importance of implementing a civil… Continue Reading Violet Wang on NC’s Justice System, INDY Week
Right before launching into the Braver Angels student debate, Associate Professor Deondra Rose joined the American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s Doug Sprei on the… Continue Reading Professor Rose on Galvanizing Political Education on the HigherEdNow Podcast
Duke University and the Sanford School of Public Policy are abuzz with talks concerning today’s NC primary election and the importance of voting. Check out… Continue Reading The Duke Community Discusses Voting and NC Primary Elections
Associate Professor Abdullah Antepli was interviewed by students at the American School in Japan for their newspaper Hanabi about the role religion plays in academia.… Continue Reading Professor Antepli on Religion in Academia, American School in Japan
During the Spring 2022 semester, Sanford Associate Professor of the Practice Asher D. Hildebrand led a new seminar that examined four major challenges facing American… Continue Reading American Democracy at a Crossroads: Proposals for Democratic Reform and Renewal, May 2022
Associate Professor’s Asher Hildebrand and Deondra Rose were interviewed by Duke Today and NC Policy Watch on the ramifications of the U.S. Supreme court’s potential… Continue Reading Professor Asher Hildebrand and Deondra Rose on the impact of Roe vs Wade news on voting turnout, Duke Today & NC Policy Watch
Rural Communities and the Politics of Identity featured Pastor Danny Ellis, North Carolina Representative James Gailliard, Executive Director of Tyrrell County CDC Mavis Hill, Duke… Continue Reading Rural Recaps: The Politics of Rural Identity, Antonio Butler, MPP ‘23
Professor Kristin Goss was interviewed in The Philanthropy Daily about her career and scholarship on policy-oriented philanthropy. She argues that philanthropy is often an underrepresented… Continue Reading Professor Kristin Goss on policy-oriented philanthropy studies, The Philanthropy Daily
In this session, we heard from political organizers in rural areas from across the state. Each organizer presented their own background and initiatives, then they… Continue Reading Rural Recaps: Political Organization, Hana Stepnick ’23
Contrasts and Connections included panelists Kevin Austin, Chair of Yadkin County Commissioners; Linda Brown, President of Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce; and Patrick Woodie, President of… Continue Reading Rural Recaps: Contrasts and Connections, Antonio Butler, MPP ’23
On April 6th, students debated the question: “Should college campuses disinvite speakers whose ideas can be construed as “cancellable?” The debate was sponsored by Polis:… Continue Reading Braver Angels Student Debate, 4/6/2022
[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] On day one of Politics, Policy, and a New Economic Strategy for Rural North Carolina, Dr. Mandy Cohen, EVP and CEO of Aledade… Continue Reading In the News: “Dr. Mandy Cohen offers prescriptions for lifting rural health at Duke event,” NC Policy Watch, 3/29/22
“We need to continue to advocate strongly for the most vulnerable in our community,” said Admiral Rachel Levine, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, during opening… Continue Reading 2022 SGM Health Symposium: Transgender Policies, Care Practices, and Wellbeing, 3/21/2022-3/22/2022
John Rice, the Founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) joined the Sanford School of Public Policy, Polis: Center for Politics, and the… Continue Reading Event Recap: Leveling Up Leadership: Building Diverse Leaders Today for Tomorrow featuring John Rice, 3/16/2022
[siteorigin_widget class=”WP_Widget_Media_Image”][/siteorigin_widget] Eleanor Ross (’24), is a prospective International Comparative Studies Major focusing on French, Arabic, and Wolof and understanding the culture and politics of… Continue Reading Eleanor Ross (’24) on the Seneca Falls Convention, Kidz Vote
On March 3rd, Polis, the Nicholas School of the Environment’s Duke Energy Initiative, and the Global Financial Markets Center at Duke Law hosted former U.S.… Continue Reading Bob Inglis: Conservatives and Climate Change, 3/3/22
This month, Professor Bruce Jentleson wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal. He discussed the impacts of the United States administered economic sanctions towards… Continue Reading Professor Jentleson on Economic Sanctions Against Russia, Wall Street Journal
This month, Professor Asher Hildebrand was interviewed on Spectrum 1 News for the Capital Tonight segment. He discussed the new proposed congressional and legislative maps… Continue Reading Professor Hildebrand on NC Congressional and Legislative Maps, Capital Tonight
Professor Kristin Goss was quoted multiple times in a fact-check on a statement from Gun Owners of America in USA Today on the number of… Continue Reading Professor Kristin Goss on firearm records and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), USA Today
Polis’ Director Deondra Rose recently published an article in the Journal of Policy History from Cambridge University Press. Her analysis looks at how Congress passed… Continue Reading Polis Director Deondra Rose on the Second Morrill Land-Grant Act, Journal of Policy History
DUKE TEAM AT SANFORD SCHOOL DEVELOPS A NEW “COUNTRY-POLITAN” INTERPRETATION OF CONTEMPORARY NORTH CAROLINA POLITICS Polis is pleased to announce the publishing of two related… Continue Reading Press Release: Duke Team at Sanford School Develops A New “Country-Politan” Interpretation of Contemporary NC Politics
Duke Team at Sanford School Develops a New “Country-Politan” Interpretation of Contemporary North Carolina Politics Polis is pleased to announce the publishing of two related… Continue Reading “The Democrats’ Countrypolitan Problem in North Carolina: Progressive Challenge and Opportunity” by Mac McCorkle and Rachel Salzberg
Last week Professor Goss’s research was referenced in a PolitiFact article discussing legislation to require background checks for gun sales. In February 2021, President Joe Biden… Continue Reading Professor Kristin Goss on Gun Regulation, PolitiFact
Vineet Chovatia is a Polis Policy Lab Fellow and Public Policy Undergraduate from West Windsor, New Jersey. His interest in politics and organizing began when… Continue Reading Policy Lab Fellow Vineet Chovatia on Healthcare and Civic Engagement Research
This week Professor Carnes’s research was referenced in a Quartz article concerning working class representation in the Texas legislature. Together with Eric Hansen of Loyola University… Continue Reading Professor Nicholas Carnes on Working Class Representation in Texas Legislature, Quartz
Asher Hildebrand was quoted in The Washington Post about NC’s new 2nd Congressional District and the race for Rep. David Price’s seat. “I don’t think… Continue Reading Professor Hildebrand on NC’s new 2nd Congressional District, The Washington Post
Sanford professor Abdullah Antepli and general counsel for the North Carolina Chamber, Ray Starling co-wrote an op-ed on the NC Leadership Forum in the Fayetteville… Continue Reading Professor Antepli and Ray Starling on the NC Leadership Forum, Fayetteville Observer.
Local politicians came to Duke to speak about their experiences as emerging leaders in Durham politics. Photos and quotes sourced from Gautam Sirdeshmukh and Alison… Continue Reading Event Recap: Local Politics & Democracy, 11/17/21
We interviewed Professor Abdullah Antepli on the importance of productive political discourse Here are a few quotes from the interview: “Never get satisfied by simple… Continue Reading Professor Abdullah Antepli on Discourse for Democracy
On November 10th, our Polis Director’s Fellows, joined by Professor Deondra Rose, led a guided discussion with Duke students over burritos. Topics discussed included recent… Continue Reading Event Recap: Chipotle Chat, 11/10/2021
Dean Kelley interviewed Deondra Rose on the Policy 360 podcast about the threat to democracy posed by gerrymandering. On why redistricting is central to democracy:… Continue Reading Professor Deondra Rose on Redistricting and American Democracy, Policy 360: Ep. 131
Asher Hildebrand was interviewed on Capital Tonight about the new legislative maps in North Carolina. on fair maps: “I don’t believe personally that fair needs… Continue Reading Professor Asher Hildebrand on NC’s New Congressional Maps, Capital Tonight
The Unify Challenge College Bowl: Well Done, Duke! Duke students, staff, and faculty got to participate in the Unify Challenge College Bowl this past October.… Continue Reading The Unify Challenge College Bowl, October 2021
This summer, Olivia Reneau, an undergraduate student at Sanford, analyzed historic black property ownership in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her work has involved identifying Black (more… Continue Reading Sanford Undergraduate Olivia Reneau on Black Property Ownership Research in Wilmington, NC
Professor Chris Bail went onto The Purple Principle to discuss social media’s role in heightening political polarization and extremism. His experiments at the Polarization Lab… Continue Reading Professor Chris Bail on Identity, Extremism, and Polarization on The Purple Principle
By Jackie Ogburn A panel of Duke professors on Monday discussed the political, legal and national security issues raised by the U.S. House impeachment inquiry… Continue Reading Making Sense of the Impeachment Inquiry
Canadian students Eli Levine, Melinda Melvin, Evan Pebesma discuss the reelection of Justin Trudeau. DUCIGS Director Giovanni Zanalda moderated the panel. Photo by Renate Kwon… Continue Reading After Election, Canadian Students Look at Country’s Future
By Jessica Sullivan, POLIS From the 2020 Democratic primary debates to President Trump wanting to buy Greenland, this summer had no shortage of notable moments.… Continue Reading Faculty Panel Reviews a Strange Summer of Jarring Political Headlines
“I am Carmen Castillo: hotel worker, representative, union member, city councilwoman. That’s me, and I want to continue being like that for the rest of my life.” This is how Carmen Castillo begins telling her extraordinary political story.
With a crucial national election looming in India, and with Indian citizens able to vote from abroad for the first time in history, on April 2 Duke students from India provided their insights into the upcoming election.
Think it’s hard being a college student? Try being a political representative as well. On March 4, POLIS: Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service invited two young elected officials to speak on Duke’s campus.
Becoming a lawyer was not a proactive choice for Zhubin Parang, but rather a default option after graduating from college. “Law was possibly the most safe profession that I could think of at the time that did not require knowing math,” he said. That might help explain why after practicing corporate law for four years, Parang decided to quit his job and pursue a career in comedy. But, as he said in a talk this month to POLIS and Sanford School of Public Policy students, it also explains why he’s comfortable doing comedy with a political edge.