Ralph Bunche Summer Institute 2017 underway at Duke University

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Approximately 476 students have attended the Ralph Bunch Summer Institute (RBSI) since it’s inception and 56 of those RBSI scholars have earned doctoral degrees.  After Duke University's Dr. Paula McClain became Director in 1996, RBSI has produced 48 participants who completed their Ph.D... Read More »

Duke Political Science emeritus Matthew McCubbins wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Monday, June 19, 2017
Matthew McCubbins, won this year's Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Political Science's Section on Political Organizations and Parties.  The Samuel Eldersveld Career Achievement Award recognizes a scholar whose lifetime professional work has made an outstanding contribution to the... Read More »

Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook, in memoriam

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
We were sad to learn of the passing of Samuel DuBois Cook, professor of political science at Duke from 1966 to 1975. We express our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.   "After a short stint in the U.S. Army in 1955, Cook taught political science at Southern University in Baton... Read More »

Military's clout at White House could shift U.S. foreign policy - Peter Feaver interviewed for The Washington Post

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Today the United States faces a vastly different situation in the region. U.S. troop levels are a small fraction of their Iraq War peak, and chaos and civil war have spread throughout the region. It’s also possible that military officers, chastened by the losses in Iraq, will take a more... Read More »

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 »