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Polis Student Committee (PSC)

Party at the Polls

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

Noah Vaughn

Noah Vaughn

Co-President - Graduate

Annaleise Square

Annaleise Linkenhoker

Co-President - Undergraduate


Ranjan Jindal

Vice President of Events

Julia Young Square

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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Meet the Incoming Director of Polis: Professor Abdullah Antepli

Tuesday, April 23rd at 6pm in Rhodes Conference Room. Chipotle will be provided! 

PSC Reflections

AY 2023-2024 Activities

Dem Day Group Photo

Democracy Day

March 1, 2024

The Polis Student Committee joined AGS, Duke Student Government, Duke Votes, & Young People's Alliance for Democracy Day.

Programming included:

  • Marches to the Polls, where student leaders and organizations guide students to the on-campus polls at Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center with food trucks across the street from Sister Liu’s and Poblanos
  • Rock the Polls, where four a cappella groups performed on the Bryan Center Plaza to raise awareness on civic engagement.
  • Democracy Screen Printing, where students were able to choose from two democracy-themed designs to print onto tote-bags.
  • Nonpartisan Ballot Guide on Candidates, where students could access campaign information on the candidates via a QR code.
  • Voter ID Pick-up, where students could pick-up their voter ID cards.
2.15 Pizza x Trivia Flyer

Duke Votes x Polis Pizza & Trivia Night

February 15, 2024

Huma Abedin, Reggie Love, Deondra Rose, Ranjan Jindal, and Julia Young

An Evening With Huma Abedin & Reggie Love

February 21, 2024

On Wednesday, February 21st, Polis: Center for Politics hosted Polis Distinguished Fellows Huma Abedin and Reggie Love (Duke '05) to discuss their respective memoirs, Both/And and Power Forward. The evening focused on the Distinguished Fellows' pathways to politics and how they became confidantes for the prolific political figures of former President Obama and Hillary Clinton, respectively. The two reflected on their careers in politics and public service, offered advice for being a valued team member, and shared tips for cultivating trust in a fraught political landscape.

The Unifiers

Combating Hate & Bias Conference

November 6-7, 2023

In a two-day conference, Polis: Center for Politics considered the various ways that hate, and bias influence the lives and experiences of communities in North Carolina, the United States, and around the world.  The conversations paid particular attention to how numerous forms of hate and bias–including anti-Black, anti-Asian, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-women, and more–shape politics.

John Harwood, Sarah Longwell, and Michael Podhorzer

The 2024 Election, One Year Out

October 30, 2023

Duke’s Polis: Center for Politics and the Duke Triangle alumni chapter were joined by award-winning journalist John Harwood (’78) for an exclusive conversation about these questions and more, featuring two leading national political strategists: Sarah Longwell (President and CEO of Longwell Partners and Publisher of The Bulwark) and Michael Podhorzer (Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former political director of the AFL-CIO).

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Polis Student Committee 2023 Kickoff

September 8, 2023

AY 2022-2023 Activities

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

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

April 6-8, 2023

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.

Polis Student Committee Executive Board Election

Polis Student Committee Executive Board Election

February 16, 2023

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.

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

Class Visit And Dinner With Polis Alumni Guide J.J. Johnson (Duke ’88)

February 14-15, 2023

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 academic and career advice to students interested in studying the intersections of finance, business, and public policy. He also went over Fidelity’s role in public and economic policy and the relationship between Congress and major financial and investment companies.


Welcome Reception For Distinguished Fellow Congressman David Price

January 19, 2023

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 a member prior to his election to the House of Representatives in 1987. Price served as representative for North Carolina’s 4th District from 1987-1995 and 1997-2023.

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PSC Press Briefing On The 2022 Midterm Elections

November 9, 2022

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 AllianceJames Gao (PPS ’24) of Duke Dem’sPilar Kelly (PPS ’24) of Duke VotesIshanvi Malayanil (PPS ‘26) a women’s rights activist who has spoken at UN Women; Jaquell Sneed-Adams (MPP ‘23), Research Assistant for Polis / PolicyLab Fellows Duke Political History Project; and Jordan Wilson (MPP ‘24) of Policy in Living Color.


Polis Midterm Election Watch Party

November 7, 2022

As midterm polls begin to wrap up, students watched in anticipation of results rolling in at a POLIS: Center for Politics watch party.

Deondra Rose, POLIS director and associate professor of public policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, reflected on the stakes of the midterms. Rose mentioned how driven young people are to vote for the future of voting rights and reproductive rights, especially in this midterm election. She also encouraged individuals to remain engaged with democracy beyond elections by continuing to stay informed and discuss with others of differing views.

NC Midterm Election Discussion

PSC Dinner & Discussion: NC Midterm Election

November 16, 2022

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 People’s Alliance; James Gao (’24), President of Duke Dem’s; Kunal Khaware (’26) host of the New Voting Project; and Kelly Padalino (’25) Intern for Cheri Beasley. The student speakers were joined by Deondra Rose, Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor of Public Policy & Director of POLIS, and Mac McCorkle, Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy. The event was moderated by Jaquell Sneed-Adams, a Master of Public Policy student at the Sanford School of Public Policy and a North Carolina native.

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 17, 2022

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.