Jay Bilas, ESPN Analyst speaks at Duke Political Science Graduation

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Jay Bilas, ESPN Analyst and lawyer, delivered an address to Duke University Department of Political Science senior undergrads, graduate program students, and faculty on May 14, 2017.  He discussed three themes: everyone knows something you don't know, find people that will be honest with you,... Read More »

Duke Political Science student, Rajiv Golla, reports today for Reuters

Friday, May 19, 2017
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) first began operating aid in Somalia back in 1977. Today, one of our Duke political science undergraduates, Rajiv Golla, is reporting from Nairobi on the ICRC Conference for Reuters about the current state of malnutrition and the consequences of... Read More »

Duke Political Science hosts Behavioral Models of Politics Conference

Thursday, May 18, 2017
This conference brings together a diverse group of international scholars to address various ways analytical models of politics can be broadened to include “behavioral” concepts, both within and beyond the standard rational choice, game theoretic paradigm. Research presented here features a... Read More »

Economist Jokes: A Typology - Michael Munger writes for Learn Liberty

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Our thesis in our work on economist jokes is that there are really three factors: whether the joke is funny, or insightful, or makes fun of economists. If the unexpected alteration in point of view is too great, seems strained, or violates the internal logic of the joke itself, then we may say, “... Read More »

Duke Political Oracles - A portrait series highlighting undergraduate vision

Saturday, May 13, 2017
The Duke Political Oracles is a series of undergraduate portraits.  Following oracle metaphors from classical antiquity, this portrait series dramatizes what clairvoyance may have looked like or been remembered as such. The goal is to celebrate our political science majors and give them an... Read More »

James Ferencsik, graduating political science student, profiled on Duke Today

Thursday, May 11, 2017
As a social entrepreneur and activist, James Ferencsik is committed to tackling major social problems including waterborne disease and youth representation in politics. In 2013, James was awarded the Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship, an undergraduate merit award, to attend Duke. The... Read More »

Firing Comey Makes an Independent Commission Even More Likely - Peter Feaver writes for Foreign Policy

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The legitimate questions about what the Russians were doing cannot be fired away. Indeed, if Comey has damaging testimony to offer, he would seem to be even more of a threat as a former FBI director than as an acting one. Moreover, the hearings for his successor will be dominated by the same... Read More »

How Abnormal was Comey's Firing? - Timur Kuran sourced for the NYTimes

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Timur Kuran, a professor of political science and economics at Duke, said: “It is extremely unusual for a U.S. president to interfere with an investigation involving his own behaviors. It puts at risk checks and balances that are vital to the health of U.S. democracy.” Continue reading here... Read More »

Healthcare is a moral issue first - David Siegel writes for The Hill

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
On May 4 the House of Representatives passed a poorly understood healthcare bill. The more people learn about it, the less they seem to like it. Maybe that’s why it was so shrouded in secrecy before passage, with barely any analysis of its likely effects or opportunity for public discourse... Read More »

Professor Michael Ward Retires

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Michael Ward retired as Professor of Political Science at Duke University.  He received a bachelors from Indiana University in 1970, served with the 287th Military Police in the Berlin Brigade from 1970-72, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University in 1977... Read More »