Baldwin Scholar and Nakayama Public Service Scholar Chloe Nguyen has received the George J. Mitchell Scholarship for a year of graduate study in Ireland. Chloe… Continue Reading Chloe Nguyen (PPS ’24) has received the George J. Mitchell Scholarship
Project Citizen 2023 Student Reflections: Rhiannon Camarillo (’26) 𝕏 Rhiannon Camarillo (’26) My first week at Duke was shaped by the dedicated orientation leaders who… Continue Reading Project Citizen 2023 Reflection: Rhiannon Camarillo (’26)
Combating Hate & Bias Conference Monday, November 6 & Tuesday, November 7, 2023 In a two-day conference, Polis: Center for Politics considered the various ways… Continue Reading Combating Hate and Bias Conference
Project Citizen 2023 Student Reflections: Angelie Quimbo (Poli Sci ’26) 𝕏 Angelie Quimbo (Poli Sci ’26) After the launch of Project Citizen last year, I… Continue Reading Project Citizen 2023 Reflection: Angelie Quimbo (’26)
Apply now! Timeline Wednesday, 9/20: Deadline to announce candidacy Use this link to apply Monday, 9/25 at 9am ET: Virtual polls open Ballot link will… Continue Reading Polis Student Committee Executive Board Fall ’23 Election
In April, Professors Deondra Rose and Manoj Mohanan took students from PubPol 155, PubPol 301, and members of the Polis Student Committee to Washington D.C.… Continue Reading Angelie Quimbo (Poli Sci ’26) on Class Trip to Washington, D.C.
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
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
I believe I can speak for all of the Polis Student Committee when I say we are beyond ecstatic about Congressman Price’s return to Duke.… Continue Reading A Student Introduction: Congressman David Price
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.”
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?”
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
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
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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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
[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
This was the question American pollster and political strategist Joel Benenson attempted to answer during an hour-long talk with Polis Distinguished Fellow Ambassador Miriam Sapiro… Continue Reading “From Presidential Campaigns to Corporate Public Relations Strategizing, How Do You Use Polling to Win Over People’s Hearts and Minds?,” by Chloe Nguyen ’24
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
Are you a first-year or sophomore looking for something to do over Spring Break? The Office of Undergraduate Education’s Spring Breakthrough program offers four-day seminars taught… Continue Reading Register Now for Our Spring Breakthrough Class, Presidential March Madness
On Saturday, November 10 from noon to 2:00pm in McClendon Tower (5th floor), Running Start instructor Krysta Nicole Jones — who led an introductory on-campus training in McClendon back in January — will lead a newly conceived workshop titled “Charting Your Course to Elected Office: Developing a Personalized Calendar for Your Future Run.”
Leading up to the election, Colin Duffy, at the time the president of Duke College Republicans (DCR) and a junior computer science and economics major, faced a difficult challenge: half of the club wanted to endorse the Republican nominee Donald Trump, while the other half wanted to avidly disavow him and endorse a third-party candidate.
POLITICO Playbook co-authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman will host a special Playbook University event with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.). The program will discuss policy, politics and how North Carolina intersects with Washington.
Rachel Rubin is a Junior majoring in Public Policy and Information Science. The Fresno, California native sat down with us to tell us about herself and her connection with the POLIS mission.
Do you fill out a March Madness bracket every year? And do you have at least a passing interest in U.S. presidential history? If so,… Continue Reading Presidential March Madness: Who Is America’s Best President?
Alec Lintz, a junior public policy student, grew up in a family in Ohio where commitment to the community and the public good was a shared, passionate value. Following in this family tradition, Lintz has continued this spirit of engagement during his time at Duke.
Join Nancy Bocskor, an expert in political fundraising and women’s leadership training, for a campaign fundraising and networking workshop for female Duke students and alumni.… Continue Reading Sign Up For Campaign Training for Women: Fundraising and Networking on 3/24
More than two dozen female Duke students gathered for three hours on Jan. 27 to participate in an annual on-campus workshop sponsored by Duke’s Center… Continue Reading POLIS Training Workshop Gets Duke Women Ready to Run for Political Office
Neil Newhouse, partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, will speak with students on Tuesday, January 30, at 1:15pm in Sanford 223. Neil was lead… Continue Reading Political Consultant Neil Newhouse to Speak January 30
A student-led initiative on college campuses in North Carolina is tackling one of the most important issue of our time – political polarization. The project, called Leaders for Political Dialogue, convenes students from Duke, N.C. State, UNC and N.C. Central. Students spend a weekend learning how to communicate better with those whose political opinions may differ from their own. In this episode of the Policy 360 podcast, Kelly Brownell talks with the founder of the project, as well as three participants.
In this special episode of the Devil’s Discourse, we share just a few highlights from the first 15 episodes of these unscripted and unedited conversations… Continue Reading Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.8 — Best of Devil’s Discourse
Have you ever thought about running for office, but felt daunted by the financial cost of getting elected? According to Sanford School assistant professor Nick Carnes, you wouldn’t be alone.
Professor Jay Pearson was the guest speaker at this week’s Breakfast and Politics with Fritz, a biweekly series of breakfast and political conversations with guests speakers.… Continue Reading Breakfast and Politics with Fritz Mayer and Jay Pearson
On November 13, Politico reporter Daniel Lippman spent the day with Duke students to share insights on political reporting and our current state of politics. … Continue Reading From Teenage Gadfly to Politico Reporter
By Jackie Ogburn “What’s bad for conservatism, for Republicans and the nation is good for us,” Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist for The New York Times, said… Continue Reading Pundits McArdle and Douthat Discuss State of GOP
There is a crisis of political apathy in the United States, and it’s up to American political leaders to reverse that trend and improve deep… Continue Reading FEC Commissioner Urges Action to Promote Political Engagement in Young Voters
Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat will discuss the future of conservatism during a free, public event Wednesday, Nov. 8,… Continue Reading Journalists to Discuss the Future of Conservatism
By Jackie Ogburn Former Congressman Barney Frank’s talk at the Sanford School on Oct. 24 was a defense of the embattled art of political compromise.… Continue Reading Former Congressman Barney Frank Defends Pragmatism in Politics
Significant mistrust of politicians, concentrated presidential power, clear divisions among political parties and compulsory voting for all 18-to-70-year-olds are among dozens of issues raised Thursday… Continue Reading A Crash Course on Argentine Politics and Upcoming Elections
https://soundcloud.com/user-853595532/episode-2-7-health-care Building on episode 2.6, this unscripted and unedited conversation once again will cover health care, and features Duke juniors Paul Forrester and David Wohlever Sánchez. You’ll… Continue Reading Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.7 — Health Care
More than 80 members of the Duke students, alumni, faculty, and staff from across the ideological spectrum gathered Oct. 12 for an evening of advocacy… Continue Reading Alumni Affairs, POLIS Bring Students Together with Women Activists to Discuss Politics & Civic Leadership
By Jackie Ogburn In these days of extreme political polarization, how do you get people from all political stripes working together and finding solutions? You… Continue Reading North Carolina Leadership Forum Begins Second Year with Focus on Energy
Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank will discuss the current state of politics in the U.S. in a talk on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The talk, which is… Continue Reading Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank to Speak at Duke
https://soundcloud.com/user-853595532/episode-2-6-health-care This week’s discussion is on whether health care is a right or a privilege, and features those students who were affiliated last year with… Continue Reading Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.6 — Health Care
https://soundcloud.com/user-853595532/episode-2-5-immigration This unscripted and unedited dialogue on illegal immigration features Duke senior Tierney Pretzer and Duke sophomore Mitchell Siegel. Their views are entirely their own.… Continue Reading Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.5 — Illegal Immigration
https://soundcloud.com/user-853595532/episode-2-4-race-in-america This week’s discussion is on race in America, and features those students who were affiliated last year with the Listen First Project. LFP is… Continue Reading Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.4 — Race In America
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https://soundcloud.com/user-853595532/episode-2-3-climate-change This unscripted and unedited conversation on climate change features Duke sophomores Nikhil Sridhar and Michael Tan. In this podcast, you’ll hear students with different views… Continue Reading Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.3 — Climate Change
https://soundcloud.com/user-853595532/episode-2-2-the-constitution September 17 is Constitution Day, so this episode highlights varying interpretation of the US Constitution. This unscripted and unedited conversation features Duke juniors David… Continue Reading Devil’s Discourse Episode 2.2 — The Constitution
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Our final podcast of the season concerns the merits of the Senate filibuster, and features all four Duke students affiliated with the Listen First Project.
Duke students Paul Forrester and David Wohlever Sanchez engage in a civil discussion on the justification and appropriate application of taxes. Sponsored by Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service, or POLIS.
Two Duke women, sophomores Adaiya Granberry and Madison Laton, engage in a civil conversation about the potential benefits and pitfalls of Greek life on campus.… Continue Reading Devil’s Discourse Episode 1.6 — Greek Life
Two Duke University students, first-year Nico Coleman and sophomore Alec Lintz, engage in a civil conversation about abortion and reproductive rights. Sponsored by Duke’s Center… Continue Reading Devil’s Discourse Episode 1.5 — Pro-Life / Pro-Choice, Take Two
Two Duke University women engage in a civil conversation about the issues surrounding abortion and reproductive rights.
Running Start, a nonpartisan national organization that trains women on how to run for elected office, will be on Duke’s campus March 5 to lead a half-day workshop for college women.
https://soundcloud.com/user-853595532/episode-13-drug-legalization Duke students Sarah Faller and Alec Lintz civilly discuss their opinions regarding the issue of drug legalization. Sponsored by POLIS, Duke’s Center for Political Leadership,… Continue Reading Devil’s Discourse Episode 1.3 — Drug Legalization
https://soundcloud.com/user-853595532/episode-12-campaign-financing Two Duke University students debate the merits and challenges of various campaign finance laws–particularly contribution limits. Sponsored by Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation,… Continue Reading Devil’s Discourse Episode 1.2 — Campaign Financing
The fifth year of the Duke in DC domestic study away program brings with it a renewed focus on bipartisanship and bridging the political divide.
In the aftermath of a divisive election, Duke Professor Fritz Mayer opened an inauguration day panel Friday asking, “How do we make North Carolina purple?”… Continue Reading Looking to Find a Way Toward Bipartisan Consensus North Carolina Politics
POLIS’ new podcast series, The Devil’s Discourse, is now available!
Two Duke University students debate the ideas surrounding safe spaces on campus. Sponsored by Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service. Photo Credit: University… Continue Reading Devil’s Discourse Episode 1.1 — Safe Spaces
The following letter was written to Sanford Alumni and Friends from Dr. Fritz Mayer following the 2016 elections.
Duke University’s on-campus early voting site ended the voting period with the largest number of voters of any of Durham’s secondary early voting sites.
On March 3rd and 4th, business and political leaders from across North Carolina gathered at Duke to look for common ground and solutions for increased economic opportunity for North Carolinians.
Written by Ernest Britt, T’16
See original blog post here.
DURHAM, NC – “Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders. Face to Face. O’Malley-Webb-Chaffee. On the same stage, for the first time,” the debate-promo-turned-movie-trailer shouted. And in that moment, with dramatic war drums beating and black-and-white photos of the first-named frontrunners poised on opposite sides of my screen as if ready to pounce, I knew the first Democratic debate would be largely unremarkable.
With no Trump to boost viewership and/or to insult everyone on stage, CNN was left to manufacture excitement to grab the viewer’s wandering eye. By leaving an extra podium in the wings, the network played into Joe Biden’s “will he or won’t he” narrative and implied that maybe the vice president would make a decision in time to participate. Unfortunately for CNN’s ratings (but perhaps fortunately for the other candidates), Biden did not make an appearance.
(Article reposted with permission from The Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity)
Only three of the six candidates for Durham’s City Council appeared on Thursday night to participate in a public forum at Duke.
The candidates – Jillian Johnson, Charlie Reece and Steve Schewel, – took questions from Duke students, many of which were posted on Twitter using the hashtag #DukeVotes2015.
Duke Democrats: What can the city do to help stop the school to prison pipeline in Durham county? #DukeVotes2015
Artstigators: Are there plans for more street art in Durham? #DukeVotes2015 #artstigators
Durham Living Wage Project: Are there incentives the city can provide for businesses that pay living wages? #liveabull #dukevotes2015
The candidates agreed with each other on nearly every topic, with only slight differences in emphasis. The candidates had rehearsed their points having met the night before for a City Hall forum. After stating their platforms, students Zack Faircloth, T ’18, and Luke Raskopf, T‘16, took turns grilling the candidates on issues related to social equity.
Polarization. Partisan bickering. Shutdown scares – and Congressional approval ratings at an all time low. Why would anyone choose to work on the Hill at a time… Continue Reading The Washington Post: “Congress is a dysfunctional mess. Here’s why you should want to work here anyway.”
After upholding The Affordable Care Act and effectively legalizing gay marriage nationwide, SCOTUS is back in session and has agreed to hear 34 cases this… Continue Reading The Hill: “Five Supreme Court cases to watch”
Here they are: the top 10 entries from our “The Funny Thing About Politics” headline contest! With over 70 hilarious entries from undergraduate and graduate… Continue Reading Winners of “The Funny Thing About Politics” headline contest announced!
With so many Republican candidates vying for a spot in the Oval Office, it can be hard to remember who stands for what. Thanks to Post… Continue Reading Cool WaPo Graphic: “Where the Republican presidential candidates stand on Kim Davis, Planned Parenthood and other big issues”