Department: The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University Years at Duke: 6 Number of employees: 20 Who they are: Named after Samuel DuBois Cook, the first Black faculty member at Duke, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity studies the causes and consequences of inequality and develops remedies for unfair disparities and their adverse effects. “We are Duke’s only center that is devoted intensively to problems of inequality,”… read more about Department Spotlight: Cook Center Shines a Light on Inequality »

Senior year for Duke’s Class of 2020 did not go as expected. As they look toward their long-delayed, eagerly anticipated, in-person commencement ceremony on Sept. 26, members of the Class of 2020 share their memories of Duke and how they learned to cherish ordinary moments of connection and community.  Katie Cassedy  Katie graduated in 2020 with an economics major and a minor in visual media studies.  She is currently a UK Agency Associate in LinkedIn’s Business Leadership Program… read more about The Class of 2020 Remembers Duke »

Rob France has won the Richmond Brown Dissertation Prize from the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association for his dissertation entitled "Revolution in the Sheets: The Politics of Sexuality and Tolerance in the Mexican Left, 1919-2001."   Farren Yero has received an honorable mention for the Richmond Brown Dissertation Prize from the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association for her dissertation entitled "Laboratories of Consent: Vaccine Science in the… read more about History PhD alumni, Rob Franco & Farren Yero, win Richmond Brown Dissertation Prize  »

“Alex Lichtenstein interviews John D. French about his book Lula and His Politics of Cunning," Labor-on-Line (Labor and Working Class History Association), 6 September 2021. Alex Lichtenstein interviews John D. French about his book Lula and His Politics of Cunning read more about Alex Lichtenstein interviews John D. French about his book "Lula and His Politics of Cunning."  »

If you don’t think a laboratory is the ideal place to explore complex themes and methodologies like valuing care, ethnography, urbanism or games and culture, you may need to expand your definition beyond beakers and microscopes. Labs are hives of communication, cooperation and active collaboration. They are driven by a commitment to curiosity and exploration that often produces unanticipated paths and solutions. And utilizing those features for research in the humanities – a scholarly area that has traditionally focused on… read more about Innovative, Interdisciplinary Labs Reshape Humanities Research and Teaching »

Four visiting humanities scholars from historically Black colleges and universities and liberal-arts institutions arrived at Duke this August to collaborate with Duke students, faculty and staff. Their projects will cover commemoration practices, early Christian manuscripts, a 17th century Mexican philosopher and the ephemeral nature of digital projects. The fellows are part of Humanities Unbounded, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded initiative designed to nurture collaboration and inventive expressions of the… read more about Duke Welcomes New Cohort of Visiting Humanities Scholars from HBCUs and Liberal-Arts Schools »

At the end of June, Wesley Hogan will conclude an 8-year tenure as director of Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies (CDS).   She’ll return to the Duke faculty as a research professor with Duke’s Franklin Humanities Institute. Her successor is expected to be named soon. In her new role as a research professor, Hogan will continue teaching courses focusing on oral history, human rights and youth social movements.  She’ll also continue work on a project that’s been at Duke as long as she has.  In her first year as… read more about Wesley Hogan: On Giving Documentary Subjects A Strong Voice in Their Stories »

Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to 22 faculty members representing seven Duke colleges and schools.   “Our honorees are recognized as international leaders in a diverse range of fields,” said President Vincent Price. “Their research has already had a significant impact on broader society, helping to improve lives and shape our understanding of the world.” The honorees are the “successors of faculty leaders who helped define the university’s commitment to ethical scholarship, leadership and public… read more about Duke Awards 22 Distinguished Professorships »

When he was an undergraduate political science student, Kerry Haynie was never taught about the 1921 Tulsa massacre. Nor was there much discussion about the role of race in the founding political documents of this country or much examination of how race influenced public services such as sewer lines and zoning. In one sense, a lot has changed. In 2021, Duke’s faculty includes a strong lineup of leading scholars who examine how race is embedded in issues that cross all the schools of the university. This fall, many of… read more about University Course Raises Race as a Central Element of Undergraduate Education »

PhD Candidate Mohammed S. Ali's article, "Marking Time and Writing Histories," is now available online at His article asks historians to create new ways of expressing the multiplicity of time instead of relying on the anno Domini or Common Era dating schemes in their work. read more about Ph.D Candidate Mohammed S. Ali's article, "Marking Time and Writing Histories," is now available. »

Six Duke professors who have demonstrated excellence both in research and undergraduate education have been selected as the 2021 Bass Fellows. "These Bass Scholars blend scholarly excellence with a commitment to the transformative power of faculty-student engagement, said Gary Bennett, vice provost for undergraduate education. “Their ingenuity, creativity and commitment are exemplary, and we Duke faculty are fortunate to have them as colleagues and exemplars. " The chairs were created in 1996 when Anne T. and Robert Bass… read more about Six New Bass Fellows Honored for Excellence in Research and Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching »