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Polis Student Committee (PSC)

Party at the Polls

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis and will notify applicants of their results by email.

About the PSC

The Polis Student Committee (PSC) is a community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Duke University who share an interest in politics, democracy, and public service. The PSC aims to promote greater understanding of—and engagement with—politics at the local, state, national, and global levels. PSC members are official members of the Polis community who participate in the center’s events and activities, gain access to special perks and unique opportunities, and play a valuable role in helping to shape Polis’s programs. It also serves as a pipeline to Polis Director’s Fellows positions. (Polis Director’s Fellows will be selected from the members of the Polis Student Committee and will serve as the student leadership team of the PSC.)

If you are looking for a group that offers transformative political conversations, leadership development opportunities, the chance to connect with inspiring political leaders, and the opportunity to be a part of a vibrant community that cares about politics, democracy, and public service, the Polis Student Committee is for you!

Executive Board

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Jaquell Sneed-Adams

Co-President - Graduate

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Annaleise Linkenhoker

Co-President - Undergraduate

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Lauren Steele

Vice President of Events

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Sam Danner

Vice President of Membership

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Julia Young



Latest Research & Reflections

Check out the latest research from members of our Polis Student Committee!

Duke Political History Project

Polis / PolicyLab Fellows Duke Political History Project

April 25, 2023

Since its founding, Duke University has played a central role in the development of generations of student-citizens, providing access to educational credentials that open the doors to social, economic, and political opportunity. Moreover, many of Duke’s students, faculty, and staff members have actively engaged in political leadership, activism, and democracy work. As part of a larger… Continue Reading Polis / PolicyLab Fellows Duke Political History Project

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NHK Interview on the Midterm Elections

Polis Student Committee Members on the Midterm Election, the NHK

November 6, 2022

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, and bridging the gap between those with different political values.

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PSC Reflections

AY 2022-2023 Activities

Students from Duke University pose for a photo on the Navy Steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Friday, April 7, 2023. (Official White House Photo by Yash Mori)

2023 Washington D.C. Trip with PUBPOL 155 & 301

April 6, 2023

Apr 06, 2023 – Apr 08, 2023 @ All Day – From April 6-8, Professors Deondra Rose and Manoj Mohanan took students from PUBPOL 155 (Public Policy Analysis) and PUBPOL 301 (Political Analysis for Policymaking), as well as members of the Polis Student Committee, to Washington D.C. Students were able to visit the Capitol and the White House, as well as meet with Duke alumni and the nonprofit organization Braver Angels. Alumni Mixer Politics and […]

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Polis Student Committee Executive Board Election

February 16, 2023

Feb 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Students elected the first ever PSC Executive Board after hearing various candidate speeches for Graduate and Undergraduate Co-President, Vice President of Events and Membership, and Secretary.  Click Here to Meet Our Inaugural PSC Executive Board!

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Class Visit and Dinner with Polis Alumni Guide J.J. Johnson (Duke ’88)

February 14, 2023

Feb 14, 2023 – Feb 15, 2023 @ All Day – Polis hosted Duke Alumni guide J.J. Johnson (’88) of Fidelity Investments to meet with students across Sanford and Duke University including a class visit to Professor Deondra Rose’s PUBPOL301 class and dinner with students from class, the Polis Student Committee, and Crowell (his Quad from his University days!). He talked with students about his time at Duke University and his career post-college, giving invaluable […]

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Welcome Reception for Distinguished Fellow Congressman David Price

January 19, 2023

Jan 19, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Reception Recap by Laurel Holley (’25) On Thursday, January 19, 2023, Polis: Center for Politics was delighted to host a reception for Congressman David Price, celebrating his return to Duke as a Polis Distinguished Fellow. Additionally, the former Congressman joins Duke University as an Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Studies, rejoining the faculty of which he was […]

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PSC Press Briefing on the 2022 Midterm Elections

November 9, 2022

Nov 09, 2022 @ All Day – 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. PSC panelists included Chloe Decker (PPS ‘25) of the NC Young People’s Alliance; James Gao (PPS ’24) of Duke Dem’s; Pilar Kelly (PPS ’24) of Duke Votes; Ishanvi Malayanil (PPS […]

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Polis Midterm Election Watch Party

November 8, 2022

Nov 08, 2022 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Polis held a Midterm Election watch party (with pizza!) as results rolled in during the evening of November 8th. Students also submitted “ballots” for a chance to win prizes, as well as played Election Bingo! Additional Resources “Live Coverage of 2022 Election Results,” The Chronicle: Duke students watch as results roll in 11/8/22 6:30 p.m. […]

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PSC Dinner & Discussion: NC Midterm Election

November 3, 2022

Nov 03, 2022 @ 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm – On November 3rd, Polis Student Committee members joined a panel of four students and two professors to discuss the upcoming North Carolina midterm elections, their motivations for engaging with initiatives to get out the vote, and the importance of the youth voice in politics. Speaking at the panel were Chloe Decker (’25) of NC Young […]

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PSC in front of Durham Civil Rights mural

Durham Civil Rights Walking Tour

October 29, 2022

Members of the Polis Student Committee went on a Durham Civil Rights walking tour with Preservation Durham. Students learned about the 1957 sit-in boycott of the Royal Ice Cream parlor, the Hayti community and Black Wall Street on Parrish Street, protests following MLK’s assassination and the South Carolina Orangeburg Massacre, as well as important civil rights leaders Ann Atwater, Pauli Murray, and others.

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Polis Student Committee Kick-Off

October 13, 2022

Oct 13, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – On October 13th, Polis kicked-off the inaugural Polis Student Committee with ice breakers and trivia. PSC members are students all across Duke University with an interest in politics, democracy, and public service. Winners of Polis Bingo were Senou, Kunal, Riya & Miran! Students were tasked with finding PSC members that matched various descriptions including “Voted […]

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