The fourth episode of "Voices In Equity," produced by the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, discusses mass incarceration, race, and COVID-19, with special guest, Arvind Krishnamurthy.  Krishnamurthy's research was featured in the Cook Center and Duke Press publication, "The Pandemic Divide: How COVID Increased Inequality in America.” Voices of Equity podcast read more about COVID-19, Race, and Mass Incarceration - Arvind Krishnamurthy's new study »

Hiding what we really think can have devastating social consequences, and helps explain the rise of Donald Trump, why Harvey Weinstein got away with it for so long, the unreliability of election polls, and much more. Don’t miss this eye-opening conversation with Duke’s Timur Kuran. read more about Podcast: Timur Kuran on preference falsification, #metoo, US polarization and Trump's rise »

The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed racial discrimination in voting, is widely understood to have “ushered in a new era of Black voter participation.” But according to a new study from Duke University political scientists Nicholas Eubank and Adriane Fresh, it also had a serious unintended consequence. read more about Adriane Fresh's new research in Q&A: White backlash to the Voting Rights Act led Southern states to imprison more Black people »

It may take weeks before the country knows which party will control the U.S. Senate, but the 2022 midterms elections already provided Duke political science, policy science and history scholars with a lot to think about. The faculty spoke at a special briefing open to media and the public at the Sanford School of Public Policy Wednesday, covering topics from Republican party leadership to the role abortion and other hot-button issues played in the election results. Panelists included: Kerry Haynie, professor of political… read more about Duke Experts Offer Takeaways from the Midterm Elections »

D. Sunshine Hillygus is a professor of political science at Duke and director of the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology. Through her research studying voter surveys, Hillygus investigates voter perspectives to determine why people vote the way they do. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has supported Hillygus’s ongoing research throughout her career, including the research that culminated in her 2020 book, Making Young Voters: Converting Civic Attitudes into Civic Action, which… read more about Federal Funding in Action: Sunshine Hillygus and National Voting Studies »

The recent death of a young Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, while in the custody of Iranian authorities has sparked a massive wave of protests – both online and in the streets. There are echoes of the past in this new wave of protests along with a very clear demand for freedom and bodily autonomy, three Duke scholars said Thursday in a virtual media briefing. (Watch the briefing on YouTube.) Here are excerpts:   ON IMPETUS FOR IRAN PROTESTS Negar Mottahedeh, Middle Eastern Studies scholar “There’s 40… read more about Protests Grow More Frequent As Young Iranians Demand More Freedoms, Experts Say »

Every hour of his morning was planned out for him, it was all but scripted.  Jesse Lopez just needed to show up.  He was a junior from UC Berkeley and visiting Duke as part of the Ralph Bunch Summer Institute program in June 2015.  This day was orchestrated to bring together traveling recruiters from prestigious graduate programs alongside students, like Jesse, who were exploring their suitability for graduate level work in political science.  The atmosphere of an academic recruitment fair is… read more about Jesse Lopez is set up for more than survival: from grad student to game show contestant »

There’s a lot of talk throughout higher education about how to attract students of color and students without a legacy background into graduate studies and academic careers, particularly in fields such as the social sciences, arts and humanities. While other programs have been seeking solutions, the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship has been doing this work successfully for several decades, benefiting both Duke faculty and students. Candis Watts SmithNow, Duke is looking to grow the… read more about Mellon-Mays Fellows: Building Opportunities for Students, Diversity in the Academy »

Until late June, the midterm election process was chugging along predictably, with voters expected to lean Republican in the course-corrective way voters do between presidential voting cycles. Pundits were forecasting a red wave in federal legislative races to blunt any momentum President Joe Biden, a Democrat elected in 2020, was enjoying. But then came the U.S. Supreme Court’s seismic ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson case that criminalized abortion in many states and turned the entire election cycle on its head. “Before… read more about Three Duke Faculty Discuss Unexpected Turns in the Mid-term Elections »

Geoffrey Brennan (9/15/44-7/28/22) at Duke in the Philosophy, Politics & Economics conference, 2019  Long-time Duke faculty member and friend Geoffrey Brennan died in Canberra, Australia of complications from acute leukemia. “Geoff” joined the Duke Department of Political Science in January 2005 as the Nan Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor, and has served as a Research Professor since. He helped co-found, and staff, the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program, a joint effort… read more about In Memory of Geoffrey Brennan »

For 14 eager undergraduates who arrived at Duke from across the U.S. this summer, emotions were running high – but so were their expectations. Everyone gathered in Gross Hall on May 29 was feeling the pressure to make the most of a unique experience: participation in the Ralph Bunch Summer Institute.  “I was extremely nervous, especially when you start to compare yourself to others. You start to think, ‘well they go to a quote-unquote better school than me, or that they were the class … read more about For Ralph Bunche scholars, nerves give way to an intense and rewarding experience »