Category: Research Blog
In a virtual briefing for journalists, professors Kerry Haynie and Deondra Rose covered issues ranging from abortion to climate change which are likely to resonate… Continue Reading Professors Kerry Haynie and Deondra Rose Likely Voter Behavior in NC, U.S. Elections, Duke Today
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe broaches subjects of political relevance such as international law, gender equality, and environmental justice, it has caught the attention of… Continue Reading Professor Nick Carnes on Marvel’s Politics, The Wall Street Journal
On the 236th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, Professor Deondra Rose provides a reflection on its enduring relevance and modern applications. She highlights its importance… Continue Reading Professor Deondra Rose on Commemorating U.S. Constitution Day, Duke Today
Professor Peter Feaver first conducted a national study on public confidence in the U.S. military over two decades ago. Last month, he published a new… Continue Reading Professor Peter Feaver on America’s High but Hollow Support for the Military, Duke Today
Professor Asher Hildebrand argues in Vanity Fair that, “If Democrats don’t hold onto the governorship and cut into the GOP’s supermajority in the legislature, it’s going to… Continue Reading Professor Asher Hildebrand on NC’s Governor’s Race and What it Means for Biden, Vanity Fair
Professor Mac McCorkle told Queen City News that he isn’t surprised that Senator Tim Scott and Nikki Haley outdid Donald Trump in fundraising in their… Continue Reading Professor Mac McCorkle on SC Republican Presidential Campaigns, Queen City News
Professor Bruce Jentleson went on WPTF Afternoon News with Nate Saunders to discuss the new Israeli law that severely limits the Supreme Court’s power over… Continue Reading Professor Bruce Jentleson on Israeli Supreme Court, WPTF
Professor Mac McCorkle went on WPTF Afternoon News with Nate Saunders to discuss how the possibly of future indictments will affect Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.… Continue Reading Professor Mac McCorkle on Trump Campaign and Indictments, WPTF
Professor Asher Hildebrand joined Representative Allen Buansi (D-District 56), Anna Beavon Gravely of NCFREE, and Senator Benton Sawrey (R-District 10) on PBS North Carolina State… Continue Reading Professor Asher Hildebrand on NC Budget Negotiations & Business Boom, PBS North Carolina State Lines
Professor Mac McCorkle calls the ruling on 303 Creative v. Elenis a “historical low point” for the Supreme Court for The Hill. The Supreme Court… Continue Reading Professor Mac McCorkle on the Supreme Court and 303 Creative v. Elenis, The Hill
Professor Peter Feaver and Heidi Urben report on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of an all-volunteer force (AVF) in the U.S. military. They highlight… Continue Reading Professor Peter Feaver on the All-Volunteer Force, Just Security
Professor Asher Hildebrand believes issues including the presidential nominee, abortion, economy, and the defense of democracy and voting rights will decide the North Carolina governor’s… Continue Reading Professor Asher Hildebrand on NC Governor’s Race, Fox8
Professor Peter Feaver lists two options to prevent another Russian invasion of Ukraine: formal NATO membership and the “Israel option,” building up Ukrainian military power… Continue Reading Professor Peter Feaver on the Ukraine Crisis, Foreign Policy
Professor Mallory SoRelle described the financial effects of the Supreme Court decision to block the President’s student debt cancellation plan, noting the “pernicious effect” this has… Continue Reading Professor Mallory SoRelle on the Supreme Court Ruling Against Biden’s Student Debt Cancellation Plan, 3Streams
The Supreme Court has ruled that state lawmakers do not have the unchecked power to create election rules and draw congressional districts and maps, striking… Continue Reading Professor Asher Hildebrand on the Independent State Legislature Theory, ABC11
Professor Abdullah Antepli has been appointed Associate Vice President and Associate Vice Provost for Community-Engaged Research and Teaching with Duke’s Office of Durham & Community Affairs.… Continue Reading Professor Abdullah Antepli Appointed Associate VP and Associate Vice Provost for Community-Engaged Research and Teaching with DCA
Professor Kristin Goss discusses American opinion on gun control with the Washington Post. Although CNN found that 64% of US adults favored “stricter gun control laws,” she… Continue Reading Professor Kristin Goss on American Opinion on Gun Control, The Washington Post
Professor Mac McCorkle tells The Center Square that Mark Walkers run for the 2024 Republican nomination for North Carolina governor could “shake things up considerably.”… Continue Reading Professor Mac McCorkle on Mark Walkers Run for 2024 NC Governor, The Center Square
Students presenting proposals for voting and election integrity to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson “How can we defend the imperfect democracy we have against… Continue Reading American Democracy at a Crossroads: Proposals for Democratic Reform and Renewal, May 2023
Professor Asher Hildebrand discusses the recent North Carolina Supreme Court decision to allow lawmakers to draw legislative maps without judicial interference on Charlotte Talks with… Continue Reading Professor Asher Hildebrand on the NC Supreme Court and Redistricting, Charlotte Talks
Professor Deondra Rose partnership with Braver Angels was referenced in the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. Braver Angels is a non-profit organization with… Continue Reading Professor Deondra Rose on Braver Angels Partnership, James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal
The 2024 state supreme court elections will be pivotal for the future of the Democratic Party. With 80 seats on the state supreme court up… Continue Reading Professor Asher Hildebrand on the NC Supreme Court and Redistricting, Charlotte Talks
Professor Asher Hildebrand tells This Morning with Aaron Keck that North Carolina needs to “ensure the engine of our democracy is working,” before his virtual… Continue Reading Professor Asher Hildebrand on NC Citizen and Democracy Initiatives and Partisan Gerrymandering, Chapelboro
Professor Frank Bruni argues the purple state of North Carolina won’t stop “extremism” in “Republicans Are Running Wild in My State.” With a recent switch… Continue Reading Professor Frank Bruni and Asher Hildebrand on Gerrymandering and the Political Landscape in North Carolina, The New York Times
As the U.S. seeks to limit China’s access to semiconductors and hinder their AI development, it will have unintended consequences on the global semiconductor supply… Continue Reading Peter Connolly (PPS ’23): The Battle for Chips: Semiconductors Crucial Role in AI Development and its Implications for U.S.-China Strategic Competition
Professor Mac McCorkle argues to The Washington Examiner that Biden’s trip to a semiconductor manufacturer in Durham, North Carolina, was not “buried” by speculations of Trumps imminent indictment. However,… Continue Reading Professor Mac McCorkle on the 2020 Presidential Election Campaign, The Washington Examiner
Professor Kristin Goss responded to the recent Supreme Court ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, arguing it “could really destabilize a lot of the… Continue Reading Professor Kristin Goss on Gun Reform and the Bruen Supreme Court Ruling, Vox
Professor David Schanzer tells CBS17 that Ukraine and its allies will have to pivot their strategy after documents were leaked from the Pentagon. He argues that the potential consequences… Continue Reading Professor David Schanzer on the Pentagon Document Leak and its Effect on the War Effort in Ukraine, CBS17
Professor Asher Hildebrand argues that the Center for Effective Lawmaking’s report on effective members of Congress fails to capture the whole picture: “Those are important things, but… Continue Reading Professor Asher Hildebrand on “Effective Members of Congress” and U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, CBS17
Polis Distinguished Fellow Congressman David Price was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. His appointment coincides with the passing of… Continue Reading Congressman David Price Appointed to the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges
North Carolina State Representative Tricia Cotham announced that she will be flipping parties on Wednesday, giving Republicans a supermajority and the ability to override a veto… Continue Reading Professor Mac McCorkle on Republican Supermajority after NC Rep. Cotham Switches Parties, ABC News
Sanford Professor Nick Carnes and Noam Lupu of Vanderbilt University’s survey data on white working class voters and the 2016 election was referenced in Deseret News: “The share of Republicans who… Continue Reading Professor Nick Carnes on White Working Class Voters, Deseret News
Professor Bruce Jentleson argues there is no longer an American consensus on Russia’s war on Ukraine in Foreign Policy. Initially support for Ukraine was largely bipartisan, however… Continue Reading Professor Bruce Jentleson on Fracturing American Consensus on Ukraine, Foreign Policy
Head of the NC Democratic Party Anderson Clayton was highlighted in The Washington Post as the youngest state Democratic chair in the country. Her platform… Continue Reading Newly Elected NC Democratic Party Chair Anderson Clayton, The Washington Post
Polis Student Committee member Chloe Decker (PPS ’25) asserts that the North Carolina Democratic Party is “celebrating fresh starts” as seen in the Party’s election… Continue Reading Chloe Decker (PPS ’25) on the Future of the North Carolina Democratic Party, The Chronicle
Talking to ABC11, Professor Mac McCorkle provides his insights on Governor Cooper’s proposed budget plan, which includes investments in education, health care, and economic development. He asserts, “The most important… Continue Reading Professor Mac McCorkle on Governor Roy Cooper’s New Spending Plan, ABC11
In Chapelboro 97.9 The Hill, Professor Nick Carnes and Lilly Goren discuss their new book, “The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Carnes was inspired from twitter threads of “brilliant group of… Continue Reading Professor Nick Carnes on His New Book: “The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Chapelboro
CBS17 recently confirmed two claims Gov. Cooper made in reference to gun violence in North Carolina. He said the North Carolina children “were 51 percent more likely… Continue Reading Professor Mac McCorkle on Governor Roy Cooper’s Efforts to Pass Gun Legislation, CBS17
Professor Jay Pearson describes his experience as a Black Durham resident who has been confronted with multiple unjustified traffic stops in The 9th Street Journal.… Continue Reading Professor Jay Pearson on Routine Traffic Stops for Black Motorists in NC, The 9th Street Journal
On February 16 and 17, Duke University’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy and University of North Carolina’s Center for Sustainability and Innovation in Local Media co-hosted the 2023… Continue Reading Jamie Chornoby (MPP ’23) on Local News Funding, 2023 Local Journalism Researcher’s Workshop
Polis Student Committee member Cameron Oglesby (MPP ’23) writes for Yale Climate Connection on community activism after historic floods ravaged the Southeast this past summer. Local community members and… Continue Reading Cameron Oglesby (MPP ’23) on Community Activism in the Southeast U.S. After Historic Floods, Yale Climate Connections
Professor Bruce Jentleson examines the relationship between the United States and Ukraine in The National Interest after the Biden administration’s decision to waive sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and… Continue Reading Professor Bruce Jentleson on the American-Ukraine Consensus, The National Interest
Republican wins in North Carolina’s Supreme Court have resulted in a decision to revisit a previous decision to invalidate a Republican supported redistricting map. Professor Asher… Continue Reading Professor Asher Hildebrand on North Carolina Republican Judicial Wins, Reuters
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
CBS17, February 3 Professor Bruce Jentleson was interviewed by CBS17 on the Chinese spy balloon spotted flying over the United States. The balloon has caused widespread alarm and… Continue Reading Professor Bruce Jentleson on the Chinese Spy Balloon, CBS17, Spectrum News
Sanford Professor Kristin Goss was quoted in Indy Week on how the fear of violence has reshaped the face of gun ownership. In New York State… Continue Reading Professor Kristin Goss on Gun Ownership, Indy Week
Sanford faculty member Carolyn Barnes was recently elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance for her research that explores the social and political implications of… Continue Reading Sanford Professor Carolyn Barnes Elected to National Academy of Social Insurance, GlobeNewsWire
Sanford Professor Frank Bruni gives his opinion on the 2024 North Carolina governor’s race for the New York Times, in his piece, “Anti-Gay? Anti-Science? Antisemitic? Run for… Continue Reading Professor Frank Bruni & Mac McCorkle on the 2024 NC Governor Race, The New York Times
Professor Ken Rogerson was quoted on data privacy and the ban of TikTok on government issued devices. In December 2022, Congress banned TikTok on federal… Continue Reading Professor Ken Rogerson on TikTok’s Threat to Government Security, WUNC
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
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