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With the 2020 presidential election less than a month away, we have collected six Duke-authored books detailing the forces — social, economic, and historical — behind the electoral process in the United States. Afterwards, check out all the new Duke-authored publications from September and October 2020. These books along with many others are available at the Duke University Libraries, the Gothic Bookshop or the Regulator Bookshop. Duke Votes — a non-partisan, student-led organization — is also a source for information… read more about Six Duke Books on Elections and Voting »

Sunshine Hillyguys has been studying voter behavior for years.  In her newest book with co-author John Holbein, Making Young Voters, she brings an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from economics, psychology, and child development, to shed new light on youth voter turnout dynamics.   This timely publication happens as Duke University increases its resources to encourage voter turnout.  The Duke Votes campaign helps raise awareness about local resources available for registration and voting. Hillygus has helped… read more about Sunshine Hillygus addresses youth voter turnout numbers »

From Oxford University, then-Rhodes Scholar Rachel Myrick gained an entirely new perspective on U.S. foreign policy. “It was there where I spent a lot of time reading about these big classical debates about international security and thought a lot about America’s role in the world from an international perspective,” says Myrick, who this fall became an assistant research professor in Duke’s political science department. Those long-standing theories and concepts were upended in 2016 with the election of Donald Trump as… read more about How political polarization is changing American foreign policy - a profile of Rachel Myrick »

Researchers have found no evidence that the U.S. Supreme Court’s modification of the 1965 Voting Rights Act led to voter discrimination in North Carolina through partisan relocation of polling places. Despite concerns the 2013 decision would lead to such unfairness, a cross-county study of North Carolina elections concludes that the state’s politically appointed county elections officials did not appear to change polling place locations to suppress voters of the opposite party following the ruling. The study looked at… read more about Study Finds No Partisan Relocating of Polling Places in NC »

The recent protests over police killings of Black men, and the reaction to those protests by some white Americans, underscores a massively polarized electorate heading into the November election. But to what extent is the nation truly divided, and which voting blocks might play key roles? Three Duke scholars discussed these topics and more Wednesday during a virtual media briefing. Watch the briefing on YouTube. Here are excerpts: ON DISTINCTION BETWEEN WHITE IDENTITY AND WHITE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION… read more about How Racial Identity and Polarization Could Influence the Election »

From Oxford University, then-Rhodes Scholar Rachel Myrick gained an entirely new perspective on U.S. foreign policy. “It was there where I spent a lot of time reading about these big classical debates about international security and thought a lot about America’s role in the world from an international perspective,” says Myrick, who this fall became an assistant research professor in Duke’s political science department. Those long-standing theories and concepts were upended in 2016 with the election of Donald Trump as… read more about Rachel Myrick: How Political Polarization Is Changing American Foreign Policy »

In the upcoming election, North Carolina voters will have a lot of sway. Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice-President Joe Biden, are locked in a tight race thus far. As a Southern state that often leans Republican in presidential elections, North Carolina could change the course of the entire national election if Biden can eke out a win here, three Duke experts said Thursday during a media briefing on the relevance of the Tar Heel state this election season. Watch the briefing on… read more about How NC Votes Likely to Determine National Outcomes, Experts Say »

This fall semester, Duke Kunshan University lecturer Ashton Merck will be communicating with her students more than usual.   She plans to check in with her students early and often through WeChat messages, email, and virtual office hours. Merck hopes that by staying in contact, students will feel more connected to the course and to each other, no matter where they are in the world.    “I think that especially in this stressful time, instructors have a responsibility to open up lines of communication that students feel… read more about How Duke Faculty Prepared for the Fall Semester »

The signs of change were all around: Students walking around campus wearing face masks, talking to new friends in distanced circles.  Socializing tents scattered around campus. Seminars in large rooms with seats spaced out. But the first day of classes also had much that was familiar. Students strolled along pathways with coffee and food-for-later in hand. Groundskeepers zipped past on riding mowers while joggers circled the East Campus loop, albeit giving each other plenty of room. Most importantly, there was excitement in… read more about The First Day of Classes Start With Masks, Distancing and Vigorous Classrooms »

Sunshine Hillygus, professor of Political Science, was interviewed for a Good Housekeeping article on raising good citizens. She discussed the need to show children how to take part in civic life. Read the article at Good Housekeeping. read more about How to Raise a Good, Civic-Minded Citizen While Avoiding the Ugly Side of Politics »

Kerry L. Haynie, associate professor of Political Science, contributed to a forum about electing women. He argued that the issue must be analyzed with an intersectional lens that also accounts for race. Read the article at Boston Review. read more about What Does It Take to Get Women Elected? »

There’s an old fact-checking adage in journalism: If your mother says she loves you, check it out. It’s good advice that, given the avalanche of political misinformation and outright falsehoods available on the internet, is absolutely critical now, several Duke experts in communication, policy and technology said Wednesday. But being a savvy, clear-eyed news consumer these days isn’t easy, the scholars said during a briefing for reporters. Watch the discussion on YouTube here. Here are excerpts: ON THE SCALE OF… read more about Navigating Fake News: How Americans Should Deal With Misinformation Online »

What cancelled summer plans—and new ones—say about the Duke student body. One was supposed to be saying goodbye to her childhood home on the other side of the Atlantic. Another was meant to be working with refugees in Ireland. Two more had plans for research projects in Africa. None of it happened. With international travel grounded thanks to COVID-19, all of the plans that Duke students carefully laid for the summer came apart at the seams. But Duke’s inherently global nature remains—evident in its diverse student body and… read more about Purpose from Disruption »

Our faculty, graduate and undergraduate students work tirelessly to produce research on some of the most pressing issues facing the world.  From college class papers to career capstone achievements, seeing the awards and recognition listed together reminds us that excellent work takes time, and that opportunities to excel are spread out across a lifetime.   John Aldrich and David Rohde win the 2019 APSA Barbara Sinclair Legacy Award. Breanna Bradham, Robert Carlson, David Frisch, Lama Hantash, Maximilian Moser, Frencesca… read more about Year in Review: Awards and Recognition, 2019 - 2020 »

Three new members joined the Duke University Board of Trustees on July 1, the school announced Wednesday. The new trustees are Mary T. Barra, chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors Company; Kelly C. Tang, a seventh-year Ph.D. candidate in Duke’s Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies; and Ibrahim Butt, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in political science. As the university's governing body, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the school's educational mission and fiscal policies… read more about Three Join Board of Trustees »

Olavi (Ole) Rudolf Holsti born August 7th, 1933 in Geneva, Switzerland died July 2nd, 2020 in his home in Salt Lake City, Utah after a long battle with lymphoma. Ole received his bachelors and PhD from Stanford University by 1962 and earned tenure at the University of British Columbia before making his way to Duke University to become the George V. Allen Professor in 1974.  He served as the chair of the department from 1978 - 1983.  He received two undergraduate teaching awards and a lifetime achievement award from the… read more about Ole Holsti, beloved professor emeritus, passed away »

Travis Knoll expected to be in Brazil this summer. A Ph.D. student in History, he planned to visit film and Catholic Church archives to further his work on the relationship between Catholic thought, modern Black movements and education policy. But COVID-19 intervened. Recognizing that many students’ plans for teaching, research trips and in-person internships were overturned, Provost Sally Kornbluth and Executive Vice Provost Jennifer Francis pledged that Duke would provide employment opportunities for Ph.D. students who… read more about Changing Their Summer Plans, Duke Ph.D. Students Find New Options for Virtual Employment »

Peter Feaver, Professor of Political Science, argues that it was a mistake for President Trump to call for the military to put down protests. Read the article at Foreign Policy. read more about The Stakes Are High, and We Must Be Better Than This »

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has produced a statement on systemic racism, signed by APSA President and Duke professor of political science Paula McClain. Dr. McClain began teaching in the Duke Department of Political Science ten years ago, and has served in multiple leadership roles across the discipline culminating in her current service as the President of APSA. The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have reignited protests and calls for justice in the United States… read more about Duke professor signs leading statement on systemic racism »

Congratulations to the following student award winners from Duke University units in 2020.   African & African American Studies   John Hope Franklin Award for Academic Excellence: Elizabeth DuBard Grantland Karla FC Holloway Award for University Service: Beza Gebremariam Mary McLeod Bethune Writing Award: Jenna Clayborn Walter C. Burford Award for Community Service: Kayla Lynn Corredera-Wells   Art, Art History & Visual Studies        Mary Duke… read more about Student Honors and Laurels for 2020 »

Every year, the Director of Graduate Studies submits an annual report to the Duke Graduate School and this year reveals another productive round of innovative, multifaceted, other-oriented, and ambitious scholarship. Below is one snapshot to celebrate, a list of publications involving graduate students over the past year. However, this is only an incomplete snapshot of their work. Scholars should be defined by much more than countable metrics related to publications and citation counts. Scholarship is more than… read more about A snapshot of graduate student scholarship - our annual report »

The 2020 Senior Class of Political Science majors will occupy a unique place in the history of the Department, and the University. The Honors students whose achievements are celebrated on this page have overcome all of the usual difficulties involved in navigating a degree, finding classes, and finishing requirements, and managed on top of all that to do original research on some of the biggest questions and problems that face humanity. But this class of Honors celebrants have done something more: without the resources that… read more about Honors Program students »

A white student asks: Was the criticism leveled at rapper Eminem racist when he came on the scene in the 1990s because he’s white in a predominantly black genre? No, says political scientist Ashley Jardina. That’s because society does not treat white people -- including Eminem -- with historic, widespread discrimination simply for his skin color. Prejudice, yes. Racism? No. Such is the goal of the spring political science course, “Racial Attitudes and Prejudice,” which delves into work from sociology, social psychology and… read more about Race in Politics: Undergraduates Learn the History, Implications »

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, the question of where to turn for solid information has never been more important. Many Duke experts are being approached now for their expertise and insight. But where do they turn for guidance and the latest information? Duke Today asked several Duke experts to share their preferred sources. We’ll share their insights over the coming weeks.  Peter Feaver, a professor of political science at the Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the Duke Program in American Grand… read more about Peter Feaver: Who Are Your Trusted Sources on COVID-19? »

Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to 29 faculty members from eight Duke colleges and schools. While the annual University Distinguished Professors dinner will be postponed until social gathering restrictions are lifted, Provost Sally Kornbluth is ready to congratulate this year’s recipients now. “I am thrilled to honor this wonderful cohort of scholars, teachers, and members of the Duke community,” Kornbluth said. “Becoming a distinguished professor at Duke is a great achievement, and one that is… read more about Duke Awards 29 University Distinguished Professorships »

Voter turnout among young Americans has been dismal since 18-year-olds earned the right to vote with the passage of the 26th amendment in 1971. While 18–29 year-olds account for nearly 22% of the voting age population, they made up just 13% of the voting electorate in 2018 – and that’s an improvement over previous years. By not voting, younger Americans miss out on representation, policies and civic benefits that come with the practice, researchers say. But it’s not that younger Americans are apathetic about politics and… read more about Making Young Voters - new book from Sunshine Hillygus »

"I've been on guard for some mischief," Kyle Beardsley said, expecting a joke when he received the announcing email on April Fools Day, but he was surprised with delight to hear that he received the 2020 Inclusive Faculty Award from the Duke Graduate & Professional Student Council.  For the past three years, Dr. Beardsley has served as the department's Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), a job that includes carrying on important academic traditions like the End of Year Conference, also… read more about Kyle Beardsley honored with Inclusive Faculty Award from GPSC »

"At first blush," Ismail White writes, "black voters appear to be an almost monolithically Democratic bloc." But in his newest co-authored book, Steadfast Democrats, offers innovative explanations for black political behavior.  Dr. White, and his co-author Chryl Laird, draw close ties between the historical experience of slavery and segregation, and contemporary political socialization.  "Black voters are uniquely influenced by the social expectations of other black Americans to prioritize the group’s ongoing… read more about Steadfast Democrats? New research on black voter loyalty and the process of racialized social constraint »

During a public discussion on Feb. 20, the Hon. Philippe Étienne, Ambassador of France to the United States, spoke candidly about the challenges facing European nations. “We must never forget we are democracies,” Ambassador Étienne said. “And we must speak about our values.” The ambassador was greeted at the Washington Duke Inn by a full room of Duke faculty, staff, students and members of the local community. Georg Vanberg, chair of the Political Science department at Duke University, moderated the discussion with the… read more about At Duke, French Ambassador Contemplates Europe’s Future »