Programs

Duke Program in American Values and Institutions

We are an interdisciplinary program that seeks to foster understanding of the institutions, ideas and aspirations that have played an important role in American society and public life. Using methodologies from different disciplines, we study the origin and evolution of political, legal, economic and cultural institutions, including the presidency, the Supreme Court, the common law system, the National Parks System, the mass media, corporations, agricultural cooperatives, and public schools. We also examine how political ideals and beliefs about human flourishing have shaped American institutions. Particular emphasis is placed on the American Founding. We also provide funding for undergraduates to attend several national conferences. Visit the American Values and Institutions webpage

Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS)

The Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS) iis an interdisciplinary initiative across Duke University that creates and shares new knowledge in the grand strategy field. The program’s mission is to prepare the next generation of strategists by studying past generations and interacting with current strategic leaders. We are building a research community of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates who are committed to deepening their understanding of America’s role in the world – past, present and future. Visit the AGS website.

Peter G. Fish Fellowships

The Peter G. Fish Fellowship provides tuition (up to $600) for as many as three undergraduate political science students to attend the Duke/D.C. Summer Institute. The Institute is designed for individuals considering law school or careers in the public sector and others interested in how the law shapes policy and regulation in the United States, as well as practicing attorneys and policymakers.

Program for the Study of Democracy, Institutions and Political Economy (DIPE)

Political science as a discipline only thrives when political scientists talk to each other across subfield lines, and learn from work in related social science disciplines. The Program for the Study of Democracy, Institutions, and Political Economy seeks to encourage intellectual interchange within the Department, with other political scientists, and with members of cognate disciplines such as economics, history and sociology. It does so by emphasizing four themes: Democratization and Democracy; Institutions and Organizations; International Politics and Security; and Values, Culture and Behavior. The Program seeks to encourage work both on these themes, which cross conventional subfields in political science and extend to other disciplines, and work that bridges them. The Program sponsors small conferences and seminar series. All members of the Department are welcome to participate in the activities sponsored by the Program, and to play a role in shaping these activities. For more information, contact Doris Cross (919-660-4330 or dcross@duke.edu).

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)

The APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) gives students an opportunity to enhance their writing, research and analytical skills to become more competitive for graduate school and financial assistance; emphases the use of computers for statistical analysis of research data; introduces students to leading political scientists; and helps to inform about career opportunities. 

Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS)

The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS) provides a context where scholars interested in examining the constructs of race, ethnicity, and gender from an interdisciplinary perspective can engage each other in dialogue and collaboration. Our questions and our methodologies draw on disciplinary backgrounds that include economics, history, political science, psychology, public policy, and sociology, and we welcome participants from across Duke University. For more information, visit the REGSS website