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The PhD in Public Policy at Duke University enables students to collaborate with Duke’s top-rated faculty in public policy and with Duke’s departments of economics, political science and sociology, among others, all on the beautiful Duke campus.

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The Sanford School is a national and international leader in the dynamic field of public policy studies, with numerous interdisciplinary centers exploring vital policy questions in the field and in the classroom. Members of our faculty are experts in fields ranging from aging, education, and the environment to international affairs, media and democracy, and welfare reform.

Our students

Most of our students pursue doctoral-level public policy research with the goal of working in domestic and international public agencies, research organizations and policy consulting firms. Others seek academic positions in public policy, public administration and policy-oriented schools. They are united by their passion for public policy and their desire to have a positive impact on the world.

Duke’s PhD in Public Policy is distinguished by its truly interdisciplinary nature. The program offers a unique balance of depth in a discipline such as:

  • political science

PhD students focus on a particular policy area such as social policy, global policy, health policy or environmental policy. They also interact with leading scholars and interdisciplinary centers at Duke such as:

  • Duke Global Health Institute
  • Duke Center for Child and Family  Policy
  • ​Duke Social Science Research Institute
  • Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment

With just 6-8 students a year all PhD students get lots of individual faculty attention. In addition to working with Duke’s world-class faculties of public policy, economics, history, political science, psychology and sociology and psychology, PhD students interact with leading scholars from:

  • Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
  • Duke’s Fuqua School of Business
  • Duke’s Law and Medical Schools.

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Student Story: Travis Dauwalter

Travis Dauwalter PhD’22 earned a joint PhD in public policy and economics. He is now a consultant with Bain & Company. He says the work he did at Duke was important.  “My eyes are wide open to how public policy and business are intertwined," he says. "My training at Duke taught me to think about business problems through a unique lens and I’m looking forward to applying this knowledge in my professional career.” 

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This field examines the reciprocal relationships between politics and markets, both within and among countries, using a variety of analytical tools, including those of economics. Its concerns include interactions among economic and political development; cooperation and conflict among nations, groups, and individuals; the distribution of material resources and political power; the effects of political actors and institutions on economic outcomes; the causes and consequences of technological and structural change, growth, and globalization; and regulation.

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Course requirements.

  • POLSCI 745 Core in Political Economy
  • ECON 601 Microeconomics
  • POLSCI 747S Seminar on Political Economy: Macro Level OR an approved macroeconomics course
  • 2 field course in political science

Preliminary examination

All students must complete a preliminary examination at the end of their second year which consists of a second year paper and an oral defense. The second year paper must be submitted to the student’s preliminary exam committee and the DGS by May 1 st and the oral examination must be completed by May 15 th . Students should speak with the field chair and their primary advisor(s) well in advance of these deadlines to ensure a shared understanding of what is expected.

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You’ll find Nicholas School alums pursuing their passion and making positive impacts worldwide. Our programs give them the foundational knowledge and practical skills to become leaders and innovators in a wide array of fields and sectors.

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#WomenInSTEM: Danica-Schaffer Smith, Ph.D.

Danica Schaffer-Smith, a postdoctoral research associate at the Nicholas School, talks about being a woman working in STEM, her early inspirations to pursue environmental science and encouraging today's young women.

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Research@Nicholas: Environmental Contaminants

Duke Environment researcher Heather Stapleton studies the health risks from exposure to chemicals in products.

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Research@Nicholas: Global Environmental Health

Duke Environment researcher Randy Kramer studies global environmental health.

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Research@Nicholas: Coal Ash & Fracking Impacts

Duke Environment researcher Avner Vengosh studies the environmental and human impacts linked to coal ash and fracking wastewater.

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Research@Nicholas: Marine Fisheries

Martin Smith, George M. Woodwell Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics, discusses how Nicholas School research takes us from discoveries to solutions on some of the most pressing issues facing our oceans today.

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Research@Nicholas: Marine Microbiology

Zackary Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Associate Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science, discusses how Nicholas School research takes us from discoveries to solutions on some of the most pressing issues facing our oceans today.

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Exposure to Fracking Chemicals and Wastewater Spurs Fat Cells

The tiniest of organisms could prove a huge resource as a sustainable source of food and fuel for Earth’s growing population. Duke Marine Lab’s Zackary Johnson leads the Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium (MAGIC)

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PhD Student Explores Environmental Racism in Southern U.S.

PhD student Danielle Purifoy discusses her journey across the South with Brooklyn-based artist Torkwase Dyson to document the environmental legacy of racism in historic black communities in N.C. and Alabama. Their work, “In Conditions of Fresh Water,” is on exhibit at the Center for Documentary Studies through June 3, 2017. More information at https://documentarystudies.duke.edu/.

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Duke Marine Lab: Using Bamboo Poles to Build Stingray Exclusion Cages

PhD student Stacy Zhang and lab technician Carmen Hoyt spent the summer building stingray exclusion cages and control treatments in the local seagrass beds of Core Banks. The cages are made of bamboo cut locally in Chapel Hill as opposed to PVC piping in order to be more environmentally friendly. For a full cage treatment, a bamboo pole is placed every 25 centimeters in a hole created using a Pacer pump. In the end, there will be 42 study sites of various treatments, and the study will run for a year.

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Seaver Wang Recalls NASA Research Cruise

Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment Ph.D. student Seaver Wang sailed on the Sea to Space Particle Investigation cruise, a joint project between NASA and the Schmidt Ocean Institute. During the month-long voyage of the north Pacific Ocean, Wang operated a scientific instrument that measured phytoplankton breathing.

G-ECON-AM - Economics - Master's

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The MA in Economics is designed to give students a quantitative approach to economics with the flexibility to tailor the degree to fit their future goals. This program offers comprehensive instruction in a wide range of areas within the discipline, including computational economics, economic analysis, and financial economics.

Students preparing to enter these programs will find an undergraduate background in mathematics, engineering, computer science, statistics, or economics to be very helpful.

For additional information, please visit econ.duke.edu/masters-programs/degree-programs/ma-econ .

Ph.D. in Environmental Policy

General info.

  • Faculty working with students: 31
  • Students: 13
  • Students receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadline: December 14

Erika Weinthal Director of Graduate Studies University Program in Environmental Policy Duke University Box 90328 Durham, NC 27708-0328 Phone: (919) 613-8002

Email:  [email protected]

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Program Description

The University Program in Environmental Policy (UPEP) is a multidisciplinary, research-focused five-year doctoral degree, intended to prepare candidates for positions in applied academic departments and professional schools (e.g., environment and natural resources, public policy, public administration, international affairs), domestic and international public agencies and environmental organizations, research institutes, and policy consulting firms.  Although the program is multidisciplinary, it is designed to ensure that students have strength in a particular social science discipline.  Students designate their concentration when applying and currently may select either environmental economics or environmental politics.

Students interested in doctoral studies at Duke can also study the environment from a social science perspective through the disciplinary PhD program in Economics and PhD program in Political Science, and the interdisciplinary PhD program in Marine Science and Conservation.  Students interested in an applied social science degree without a specific focus on the environment should apply to the PhD program in Public Policy Studies.  Students interested in natural science aspects of the environment should consider the PhD program in Environment, PhD program in Earth and Ocean Sciences, PhD program in Marine Science and Conservation, and PhD program in Ecology.

UPEP is the first and only PhD program in the United States jointly administered by a school of the environment and a school of public policy.  It provides a focal point for faculty and graduate students in the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy who are interested in environmental policy.  It draws on the intellectual resources of not only the two schools but also related disciplinary departments (Economics, Political Science) and other professional schools (Law School, Fuqua School, Pratt School of Engineering) at Duke.  Faculty in the program conduct research on economic and political aspects of a wide range of topics, including air and water quality, biodiversity conservation, climate change, community resources management, corporate sustainability, ecosystem services, energy, environmental health, fisheries, forests, freshwater, and marine resources, in both U.S. and international contexts.  Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members with related interests to learn more about their current research projects and interest in accepting new doctoral students.

Students in the program:

  • A set of common requirements, including courses in the political-economic theory of public policy (PUBPOL 901/902, 6 credits), a series of research workshops leading to the dissertation proposal (ENV 834S, 4.5 credits), and at least one course in environmental/resource economics (3+ credits).
  • Disciplinary concentration requirements, including core theory (6+ credits) and research methods (6+ credits) in economics or political science, and corresponding environmental field courses (i.e., environmental economics or environmental politics; (6 credits).
  • As needed, appropriate training in natural sciences relevant to the student's research.  The level and content of such training is flexible and is worked out in consultation with the student's advisor and committee.
  • Regularly attend and participate in one or more research seminars in which faculty and others present their research.
  • Attain dissertation status, including meeting qualifying requirements and passing the preliminary exam, by the end of the third year.
  • Pass a final examination, which consists of an oral dissertation defense to an approved supervisory committee.  This is typically completed by the end of the fifth year.  A successful Environmental Policy PhD dissertation must constitute a significant contribution to policy-relevant knowledge, either through innovative application of social science methods to environmental policy problems, or by innovation in theory or methods appropriate for addressing environmental policy problems.

Students normally receive a stipend and a scholarship to cover tuition and fees for up to five years of study if they maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree.  Support during the first 2-3 years is usually in return for service as a teaching assistant, with support during the remainder of the program expected to come from research grants managed by a student's major professor.  Some students also compete successfully for fellowships offered by the Graduate School and other sources at Duke.  Applicants are encouraged to explore external sources of fellowship support (e.g., National Science Foundation) during the application process.

Students in the program can interact with researchers at several centers and institutes at Duke University including the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Center on Global Change, the Duke Global Health Institute, the Social Science Research Institute, the Duke Center for International Development, and the Triangle Census Research Data Center.  They can also interact with visiting researchers through two research seminar series supported by UPEP--the Environmental Institutions Seminar Series held at Duke and the regional Triangle Resource and Environmental Economics Seminar Series organized by Duke, North Carolina State University, UNC Chapel Hill, and Research Triangle Institute, along with numerous other seminar series in the Nicholas School, the Sanford School, the Departments of Economics and Political Science, and other Duke schools, departments, institutes, and centers.

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Application Information

Application Terms Available:  Fall

Application Deadline:  December 14

Graduate School Application Requirements See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores: GRE General (Optional)
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Writing Sample None required

Additional Requirements: On no more than one page, please briefly highlight the following:

  • Your academic preparation and/or professional experience in quantitative methods and skills (e.g. math, statistics, epidemiology). Provide a bulleted list of relevant academic coursework with final grades, and any relevant research projects, extracurricular engagement, experience with software, and/or professional responsibilities
  • Your academic and/or professional writing experiences, as evidenced through research papers, an undergraduate thesis, scientific writing courses, or professional writing.

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance

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The Department of Population Health Sciences develops critically-thinking, creative, and collaborative research scientists that are passionate about improving healthcare for all. The doctoral program equips students with the knowledge and tools they will need to research and work alongside health systems, government agencies, non-profits, industry, and others pursuing improved health of populations.

Admission Deadlines

Application Deadline : The application for 2023-2024 admissions  to the Population Health Sciences PhD program has opened, and will close on November 30, 2023.

Successful applicants will find a close fit with a departmental  faculty  advisor who shares their research interests. The DPHS Education leadership team identifies potential matches early in the admissions process, so those offered admission to the program can be assured of a strong match with a faculty advisor. 

Also, please note that the  online degree application requires you to identify potential mentors from our department. You will have an opportunity to contact these potential mentors after you hear whether you have been accepted to the doctoral degree program.  

Some guidance on how to identify those faculty members. 

  • What excites you in your research field? 
  • What is a productive area that fits your values and your career plans? 
  • Who is engaged in research that is complementary to your interests?

About the PhD in Population Health Sciences

The Duke PopHealth PhD program prepares researchers to formulate important research questions, design studies to answer them, organize resources to carry out relevant studies, and analyze the results to contribute scientific and policy insights. Our coursework, experiential learning, and professional development help prepare PhD students to be leaders in the population health field.

Our faculty are world-renowned for their expertise and strengths in the following areas:

  • Health Measurement. Learn more
  • Implementation Science. Learn more
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Economics

Why Choose Duke for a PhD in Population Health Sciences?

The department, which is part of the Duke University School of Medicine, offers Ph.D. candidates a unique and rich setting in which to acquire that foundation and then use it to complete their studies and dissertation research. Ph.D. students can:

Access Duke's  PopHealth DataShare , which provides access and consultation to large data sets from federal and state government sources as well as a private insurer

Tap into Duke PopHealth’s partnerships with world-class institutions like  Duke Cancer Institute ,  Duke Clinical Research Institute ,  Duke Global Health Institute , and  Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Connect with Duke PopHealth’s  Center for Health Measurement , the  BASE Lab ,  QualCore , and  INTERACT  (Implementation Science Research Collaborative) – which each offer specialized research support.

Enjoy proximity to Duke Health, which provides most of the health care in Durham County. Students can also connect with the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center and  ADAPT Center .

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HOW TO SUBMIT

GRE scores: Ask Educational Testing Service to send an official copy of the scores to The Graduate School. Use institution code 5156. You do not need a department code. If ETS requires a department code, select any one of the department codes listed on its site. Regardless of the department code entered, the scores will come to The Graduate School as long as you use institution code 5156.  Be sure to alert us if the name on your application is different from the name on your score report.

SCORE REQUIREMENTS

The scores must not be more than five years old from July 1 of the application year. For example, if you submit your application between August 2014 and January 2015, your score report must be dated July 1, 2009, or later.

We do not accept expired scores, personal copies of scores, or attested or notarized score reports.

Some departments require a GRE subject test score. To determine if your department requires a GRE subject test score, see the department listing in the Departments and Programs section of The Graduate School website.

Even though the GRE scoring scale changed in 2011, you do not need to retake the test on the new scale unless your current scores are more than five years old.

Be sure to take the GRE in time for official scores to reach The Graduate School by the application deadline.

We realize that the GRE scores of international students, particularly those whose first language is not English, may be affected by language and cultural differences. This is taken into consideration when applications are evaluated.

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By disseminating information on programming, lectures, conferences, job postings, and various external prospects, the Cook Center seeks to connect our network of scholars, supporters, and students with valuable resources and upcoming opportunities.

To submit opportunities for posting consideration on our website, calendar, or social media accounts, please email [email protected].

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Overview: The Economics Department and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs are searching for jointly-appointed faculty, with the position beginning July 1, 2024. We seek candidates whose work engages deeply in the economics of policy problems both from an academic and practical perspective, with attention to how policies both affect overall growth and also inequality and social mobility within societies. We will consider candidates from a broad range of subfield specialties, including those from applied microeconomic (e.g., public finance, labor, urban, industrial organization, education, and development) and empirical macroeconomic (e.g., monetary and fiscal policy, business cycles, international economics, international trade, and capital markets) fields.

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and IBES

Application deadline: 31 Mar 2024 midnight UTC (accepting applications) Overview: The Economics Department and the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) propose to search for a joint hire in environmental economics. We seek a scholar whose work brings the latest empirical data and methods to bear on environmental, sustainability, and/or climate-related challenges, their effects on individuals and societies, and the landscape for past, present, or future policy solutions through an economics lens. We intend to search broadly within this sub-field – for instance to encompass analysis of energy and/or carbon market policy and regulations, the effects of climate change on economic or health outcomes, effects of pollution and associated regulation – with a focus on scholars who would contribute to and benefit themselves from engagement in the interdisciplinary research community at IBES.

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Let's talk racism conference 2024.

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Conference Dates: March 15-16, 2024

Overview: The theme this year for the 8th Annual Let’s Talk Racism Conference is  Preparing & Protecting Social Justice Educators in Polarizing Times . The keynote panel will occur Friday, March 15th at 6:30 pm and conference sessions will take place Saturday, March 16th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, at North Carolina Central University.

The purpose of this event is to give K-12 educators and pre-service teachers an opportunity to engage in sessions centered on the impact of systemic racism and ways of dismantling it in our schools. While educators are the target audience, we welcome all community members to participate.

We are switching things up this year by having a keynote panel. The planning committee is thrilled to announce Dr. Daniella Ann Cook and Dr. Matthew Patrick Shaw as our speakers. Dr. Cook, an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at the University of South Carolina, is the co-editor of the soon to be published book, Critical Race Theory and Classroom Practice.

Dr. Shaw is an Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School and an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education at Vanderbilt Peabody College. An expert on laws regarding affirmative action, immigration rights, and culturally responsive education, he will present observations from his recent law review article, Much Ado about Critical Race Theory, which explores the pitfalls and opportunities presented by the recent wave of so-called “anti-CRT” state laws.

This event is co-sponsored by North Carolina Central University’s School of Education, we are (working to extend anti-racist education, Inc.), and Ben & Jerry’s of Chapel Hill. To register visit www.LetsTalkRacism.com. Email [email protected] for questions.

Sixth World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Social Inequality

Overview:  The Sixth World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Social Inequality will convene academic, policy, and community leaders from South Africa, North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe to share their insights and experience battling inequality. We will formulate practical and innovative solutions to eliminating racial and social inequality. This conference will be held in person with virtual options for participation.

Issues to be tackled:

  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economic, educational, medical and social disparities facing racial/ethnic minorities and people of color
  • Structural poverty and access to health care, education, and employment
  • Gender inequality
  • Energy, the environment, and climate change
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  • Democracy and racism

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Six Honored for Service Following the Legacy of Samuel DuBois Cook

In the year of Duke’s Centennial celebration, the Samuel DuBois Cook Society reached back into Duke’s history to honor a university pioneer with a special lifetime achievement award.

Myrna Adams, the university’s first vice president for institutional equity, received the award during the society’s annual awards banquet Thursday night in the Washington Duke Inn. Five other members of the Duke community were also honored at the ceremony.

Adams was hired as vice president in 1995 and served in that role until 2000. Prior to her arrival, employees with job complaints frequently took their concerns to city units and other external groups.  During her time as vice president, she revamped grievance policies that made employees more comfortable to mediate workplace issues within Duke, changes that led to an improved work environment.

In addition, Adams helped turn the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration into a university-wide event and addressed the challenges faced by the growing Latino employee population at Duke.

Kim Hewitt, the current vice president for institutional equity, praised her predecessor for “her commitment and passion to issues of equal opportunity, respect for individuals and trying to make Duke a better place for everybody.”

In retirement, Adams continues her workplace efforts, serving as an organizational consultant addressing workplace bullying and other issues.

“I was notified that I was the recipient this year of this (lifetime achievement) award, and I was very surprised and grateful,” Adams said. “I was just overwhelmed by the idea that I would be a first.”

The Cook Society was founded in 1997 to honor the legacy of the pioneering Duke faculty member and trustee Samuel DuBois Cook. Hired by the political science department in 1966, Cook was Duke’s first Black faculty member. He later became president of Dillard University.

The Cook Society Award recipients follow Cook’s example by dedicating themselves to social justice, equality and strengthening the campus community.

Cook’s contributions to Duke’s history will be highlighted during the university’s Centennial celebration. “As the first Black faculty member, Dr. Cook’s legacy holds deep meaning to the Duke and Durham community.  As a scholar, teacher and activist, Dr. Cook’s influence was critical to the transformation of this institution,” Hewitt said. 

“In this moment of political polarization, global conflict and challenges to institutions of higher education, we look to icons like Dr. Cook for inspiration and hope as we continue the important work of living out our Duke values of respect, trust, inclusion, discovery and excellence.”

Cook died in 2017, but his wife and daughter were on hand for the Cook Society’s special Centennial celebration.

In addition to Adams, Cook Society Awards were presented to the following:

* Isaiah Hamilton , president of the Duke Student Government, received the Cook Undergraduate Student Award. A native of Elizabeth City, Hamilton was raised by his mother and sister, both dedicated nurses turned dog breeders who inspired his interest in health and the human body. Hamilton is a senior pursuing a degree in biology with a minor in global health, and he is interested in the intersection between life sciences and community development. In his role as the DSG president and his previous work as president of the Black Student Alliance, Hamilton has shown a strong commitment to enhancing the campus experience for all.

* Catherine Denning-Jannace , a chemistry postdoctoral fellow, won the Graduate Student Award. With a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, Denning-Jannace is studying the role of

Metal homeostasis in fungal pathogenesis and using this knowledge to develop more effective antifungal drug treatments. Named Duke’s Outstanding Postdoc in 2022, she is a member of the Department of Chemistry’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She and her partner are parents of 4-year-old twin boys and a 5-month-old baby girl.

* Jasmine Hughes , a Duke Pre-College Instructor, received the society’s Staff Award. As a master’s student in bioethics, Hughes was vice president of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association and a member of the President’s Council on Black Affairs and the Racial Equity Advisory Council (REAC). She continues her work with REAC as a staff member. She is passionate about teaching the next generation, and as a Pre-College instructor, she works with local students, providing them with academic experiences in a university setting to encourage them to think about seeking a college education.

* Rev. Dr. Luke Powery , dean of Duke Chapel and professor of homiletics and African and African American studies, received the Raymond Gavins Distinguished Faculty Award.  A national leader in the study of homiletics, Powery has ensured that the chapel continues to be a centerpiece of the community both at Duke and in Durham. His teaching and research explore the connections between preaching, music and culture, particularly the expression of the African diaspora. The award is named after the beloved late Duke history professor, who was known for his mentorship and support of colleagues and young scholars.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove , a Duke Divinity School alumnus who is a writer, preacher and community activist, received the Distinguished Service Award. In 2003, he and his wife founded the Rutba House, a hospitality house in Durham which provides housing and assistance to individuals in need. He described the work at Rutba in his book “Strangers at My Door: An Experiment in Radical Hospitality.” Wilson-Hartgrove also founded the School for Conversion, a popular community education center in Durham. He currently serves as assistant director for partnerships and fellowships at Yale University’s Center for Public Theology and Public Policy.

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