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“I'm thrilled to join Polis as a Distinguished Fellow, at the university that has done so much to shape my life. We live in an exceptionally challenging moment for the democratic system I’ve spent decades writing and talking about in newspapers and on television. I feel privileged and energized to work through it with Duke students - sharing what I know and learning just as much from them.”
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Polis: Center for Politics is committed to increasing our understanding of politics locally, nationally, and globally.

We aim to promote powerful politics research, to foster rich political discourse, and to help a new generation of leaders find on-ramps to public service.

Polis Distinguished Fellows

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Huma Abedin

Top Aide and Longtime Advisor to Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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Reggie Love

Senior Advisor, Apollo Global Management & Former Personal Aide to President Barack Obama

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Minh-Thu Pham

Co-Founder of New American Voices & Former Director of Global Policy, United Nations Foundation


Congressman David Price

Former U.S. Representative for North Carolina District 4

Huma Abedin has spent her entire career in public service and national politics, beginning as an intern in First Lady Hillary Clinton’s office in 1996. After four years in the White House, she worked in the U.S. Senate as senior advisor to Senator Clinton and was traveling chief...Read More >

Reggie Love is a Senior Advisor at Apollo Global Management. Reggie’s responsibilities include supporting and developing strategy for human capital, public engagement and DE&I initiatives. Reggie previously served as Partner at RON Transatlantic EG...Read More >

Minh-Thu Pham is a political and policy entrepreneur, working to address polarization and strengthen democracy. She develops efforts on immigrant voters, women’s political power, trust and disinformation, climate change and development, and international institutions...Read More >

David E. Price represented North Carolina’s Fourth District, the Research Triangle region, in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987-94 and 1997-2022. He is a Polis Distinguished Fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, and a Professor Emeritus of Political...Read More >

Project Citizen '22

Polis co-sponsored “Project Citizen,” an experiential orientation program that gave 118 first-year Duke students a unique opportunity to build new connections and to develop skills to become more active, global, and compassionate citizens through programming in Durham and Washington, DC...Read More >

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Political scientists at Duke University draw upon a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to produce cutting-edge research that enhances our understanding of politics. Polis is committed to showcasing political science research at Duke and to facilitating its creation.

PolicyLab is a nonpartisan, service-learning initiative that gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to research real-world policy questions and to draft useful research for policymakers, issue advocates, and other change agents.

Check out valuable student insights from Professor Deondra Rose's Political Analysis for Public Policymaking (PUBPOL301) on Medium.

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