Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology

Contact: D. Sunshine Hillygus ( or Alexandra Cooper (

The purpose of Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology (DISM) is to provide high quality data-collection resources to scholars engaged in original survey research and to bring together survey research knowledge from the academic, professional, and commercial sectors. DISM aims to build a climate of interdisciplinary cooperation and intellectual exchange among researchers across various fields. We provide a number of resources for Duke affiliates, including survey methods consulting on individual projects, funding opportunities, and training in survey research methods. The future of survey research requires fostering the interaction of the best science across academic fields and engaging the broader community of survey scholars and practitioners. DISM hopes to play a pivotal role in that future. 

MELD: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Development Program

Contact:  Erik Wibbels (

MA and MAPE students are encouraged to take advantage of a new Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Development (MELD) Program. The MELD Program will provide paid internships and training opportunities during the academic year for students interested in a career in research and evaluation in the international development industry. Admission to MELD is subject to an application process and spaces are limited. In coordination with DevLab@Duke, the program will engage students in the management and implementation of real-world development research and evaluation, with the objective of strengthening both research and management skills.

Political Institutions and Public Choice

Contact: David Rohde () or John Aldrich (

The Political Institutions and Public Choice Program (PIPC) is designed to provide an intensive research-training experience for Ph.D. students in political science who are interested in a public choice focus on political institutions.

Program in Asian Security Studies

Contact: Emerson Niou, Director (

The Program in Asian Security Studies (PASS) sponsors conferences, seminars and lectures to encourage critical research and discussion of East Asian security policy issues. PASS organizes conferences and lectures at Duke and around the U.S. that bring together scholars, policy analysts and government officials.

Program for Research on China

Contact: John Aldrich ( and Liu Kang (

The Program for Research on China is an interdisciplinary research program run by Duke faculty in the social sciences and humanities to conduct cutting-edge research concerning China and to conduct collaborative research and outreach with institutions across the world, China in particular. It has as one of its core missions, to work closely with the new China initiative at the Carter Center and to foster research and learning opportunities across the campus and the larger academy with respect to China.

Social Science Workshop for Chinese Scholars

Contact: Emerson Niou, Director ( or Dongyun Ke (

The Social Science Workshop for Chinese Scholars is intended to facilitate academic exchanges. Through the workshop, we invite up to thirty Chinese scholars a year to participate and each visiting scholar is assigned to an academic advisor. In addition to providing individual academic consultation, the Workshop also organizes a speaker series to facilitate academic interactions and a colloquium for visiting scholars to present their own research findings.

Triangle Institute for Security Studies

Contact: Kyle Beardsley, Deputy Director (

Triangle Institute for Security Studies, (TISS), a consortium of Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NCSU, was founded in 1958.  It is an association of scholars centered committed to cooperation and communication across disciplinary and cultural divides. Its mission is to advance research and education in the field of national and international security.