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After last week’s invasion of the U.S. Capitol by a gang of rioters egged on by President Trump, longtime observers of government and politics are trying to determine just how much damage the nation has suffered and how it can begin to recover. At Duke, three experts in history, law and political science discussed the challenges the nation now faces. In a wide-ranging virtual media briefing, the scholars looked at the historical precursors to the insurrection, the infiltration of police and military by white nationalists,… read more about US Capitol Riots: Where Do We Go From Here? »

Last year, a dozen Duke University doctoral students used Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants (GSTEG) to acquire new skills, knowledge or experiences that will… read more about Doctoral Students Gain New Perspectives on Their Research »

Americans were shocked Wednesday by the image of rioters storming through the U.S. Capitol, ransacking galleries, hallways and offices. For law professor Darrell Miller, the attack also prompted questions about white supremacy and how Americans respond to race.    “The police response to the insurrection at the Capitol shows two things,” said Miller, Melvin G. Shimm Professor of Law at Duke. “First, how incredibly dangerous it is if we as a country allow armed political protest to become the norm. One… read more about DC Riot Underscores Dangers of White Supremacy, Experts Say »

This fall, Bass Connections hosted a virtual event to share stories of the program’s impact with our supporters. Three Duke students described their experiences as team members on projects exploring the global financial crisis, youth concussions and sustainable farming. Leadership Opportunities… read more about What We’re Getting Out of Our Bass Connections Teams »

 COVID-19 has laid bare the social inequalities of our age: Counties with higher rates of poverty and housing density also have higher COVID-19 morbidity and mortality. Risk of death of COVID-19 is three times higher among Black, Hispanic and Indigenous Americans than for white Americans. And millions of Americans have lost access to jobs, income and healthcare in the crashing economy.  Perhaps it is fitting, then, that this is the environment in which we are launching the new minor in Inequality Studies at Duke, the… read more about Why studying inequality matters »

The centennial of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, and an election year in which more women than ever were running for political office made this fall an ideal time to study “Women in the Political Process” at Duke. But when undergraduates signed up for the… read more about GSF Projects Showcase Undergraduate Research Through Documentary Filmmaking »

Jessica Hauger recently published a short article in Nursing Clio, an open access, peer reviewed blog project focusing on gender and medicine. Drawn from Hauger’s dissertation research, the piece explores the complicated work and legacy of Laura Pedrick, an Indigenous woman whose nursing labor became part of her lifelong work to protect Kiowa peoplehood in an era of intense colonial intrusion. The piece is part of the site’s Beyond Florence series, which seeks to expand public scholarship addressing the… read more about Jessica Hauger writes on Kiowa healer Laura Pedrick for "Nursing Clio" »

William A. Darity (Samuel DuBois Cook Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Economics and African and African American Studies), Malachi Hacohen (Professor of… read more about The Importance of Inequality Studies »

A chemistry and computer science major seeking to further explore solutions to climate change. A first-generation college student who studies the connection between race, history and educational policy. An African and African American Studies major who translated her research into service helping others in Durham overcome racial barriers to housing and education. These are the recipients of this year’s Faculty Scholars Awards, the highest bestowed by Duke faculty on undergraduates and honors students for a record of… read more about Three Undergraduates Named Faculty Scholars for Outstanding Records of Research »

DURHAM, N.C. – Two Duke University seniors were among 32 recipients selected this weekend for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships. Kendall Jefferys, from Keller, Texas, and Jamal Burns, from Saint Louis, Missouri, were chosen from among 953 applicants at colleges and universities throughout the country. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Recipients are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and a… read more about Two Duke Seniors Awarded Rhodes Scholarship »

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University senior Amelia Steinbach of Durham, North Carolina, is one of 12 Americans selected this weekend to receive the George J. Mitchell Scholarship for a year of graduate study in Ireland. This year, 453 students applied for the scholarship, named in honor of Sen. George Mitchell’s contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic distinction, leadership and service. Steinbach, a political science major with minors in Gender, Sexuality &… read more about Duke Senior Awarded George J. Mitchell Scholarship to Study in Ireland »

“We are at the dawn of what is becoming a golden era of scholarship on Reagan and the end of the Cold War,” noted Professor William Inboden, Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair at the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. A major… read more about Simon Miles on "Engaging the Evil Empire," a Study of the End of the Cold War »

History Professor John Jeffries Martin remarked that French philosopher Michel de Montaigne would have been pleased with the small group discussion session held Oct. 12 – and particularly by the global representation of the Duke students participating. “(Montaigne was) one of the first thinkers in Western Europe to theorize the global,” Martin said, noting that though his focus is on Italian history, he frequently returns to Montaigne because his works “grow with you.” Joining remotely from Ankara in Turkey, Toronto and… read more about Martin leads lively discussion of Montaigne in new series for undergrads »

The 2020 election stands out for many reasons, including voter confusion. For reliable information about the voting process this election season, Deondra Rose, assistant professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and research director of POLIS, turns to a range of sources: WEBSITES •    Our own vote.duke.edu website offers a wealth of information. From the homepage, students, staff and faculty can find the information they need to register to vote, request an absentee ballot and even sign up to receive voting… read more about Who Are Your Trusted Sources for Information on Voting? »

A virtual exhibit and event bring student scholarship to new audiences When Mellon Visiting Professor Silvio Luiz de Almeida arrived at Duke this spring, he partnered with History Professor John French to offer students a timely, global look… read more about Black Lives Matter Brazil-USA »

Jacqueline's dissertation explores the intersections of motherhood, (re)production, and citizenship in nineteenth-century Martinique. The Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship will allow her to spend 6 months in France consulting several major archives such as Nationales d’Outre-Mer, located in Aix-en-Provence, the Archives Départementales de laMartinique in Fort-de-France, Martinique, and the Biblioteque Nationale, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, and Archives Nationales in Paris. She will also use this opportunity to connect with… read more about Jacequeline Allain and Natalie Gasparawicz have been awarded Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowships. »

Here are recently published and forthcoming books by Duke authors, from September and October:   Marc Zvi Brettler, co-author: “The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently” Annotated Edition (HarperOne, Oct. 27, 2020) Avshalom Caspi and Terrie E. Moffitt, co-authors: “The Origins of You: How Childhood Shapes Later Life” (Harvard University Press) Samuel Fury Childs Daly: “A History of the Republic of Biafra: Law, Crime, and… read more about New Great Reads from Duke Authors »

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… read more about Six Duke Books on Elections and Voting »

Jolie Olcott has been named a co-recipient of the Ida Blom-Karen Offen Prize in Transnational Women's and Gender History for her book International Women's Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History (Oxford University Press, 2017). The citation for the award follows: This engaging history complicates the standard narrative of the 1975 United Nations International Women’s Year (IWY) Conference in Mexico City.  It unpacks some of the oppositions which have shaped previous narratives of… read more about Jolie Olcott named a co-recipient of the Ida Blom-Karen Offen Prize in Transnational Women's and Gender History »