About the Rubenstein Fellows Academy


A university-wide initiative to bring top thought leaders to Duke to share insight and spark discussion on current and future global challenges. Rubenstein Fellows work across the university teaching classes, mentoring students, collaborating with faculty, and serving as advisors to signature university programs.

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“What I love the most is the students who are great critical thinkers.
These students cut to the chase. It’s refreshing.”


“Sarah has been a leading public official through the most challenging of economic times. She knows how to bring knowledge from diverse fields together to advance our understanding of financial markets. We are excited that our faculty, students, and the public will continue to benefit from her work here at Duke.”

David Levi


"This is an amazing opportunity to learn from and work with someone with incredible experience and, more importantly, sincere passion for making the world a better and more sustainable place … Alex is the kind of person that operates with sincere integrity and belief in the work he does. That is truly rare."

Andee Hendee

MEM/MBA Candidate, Class of 2016

"Even outside of the classroom, Jim's commitment to students has been incredible. He's made time to have lunch or dinner with each of us to review resumes, chat about his experience, and provide career advice."

Jake Reeder

MPP/MBA Candidate, class of 2015

15Jan, 2015

Financial Regulation: From Dodd-Frank to Now

Law School 3041 - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Please join the Global Financial Markets Center and Rethinking Regulation program at Duke for a conversation with from former Democratic Congressman Barney Frank and former Deputy Treasury Secretary, Sarah Bloom Raskin. Mr. Frank and Governor Raskin will be discussing their thoughts on the current state of financial regulation and how the finance industry has evolved post…

15Jan, 2015

"Is There A Pulse?" The Critical Condition of US-Russia Relations

Perkins Library 217 - Thursday, September 7, 2017

Panel Discussion with Ambassador Jack Matlock, Professor Charles Becker PhD, Professor Edna Andrews PhD, and Professor Michael Newcity, JD. Refreshments and reception to follow. No registration is required. Sponsored by Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies (CSEEES). More information.

15Jan, 2015

We Worked for Bush & Obama: Here's a bipartisan solution to America's wildfire problem

Perkins Library 217 - Friday, August 11, 2017

USA TODAY | August 11, 2017 Op-Ed by Robert Bonnie and Mark Rey Roughly 7-8 million acres burn in wildfires annually, almost twice as many as three decades ago — we must take action. Republicans and Democrats aren’t supposed to agree on much these days, particularly when it comes to the environment and management of our…

15Jan, 2015

Former Treasury Deputy Secretary Joins Duke as Rubenstein Fellow

Perkins Library 217 - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Duke Today | August 1, 2017 By Laura Howes Sarah Bloom Raskin, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, joins Duke University as a Rubenstein Fellow on Aug. 1. Raskin will collaborate across the university to improve understanding of markets, regulation and public leadership. She will lead research that seeks to shape a…

15Jan, 2015

Wildfires on the Rise Due to Drought and Climate Change

Perkins Library 217 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

60 Minutes |May 28, 2017 By Steve Inskeep Fighting wildfires in America cost federal agencies almost $2 billion last year including more than half the budget of the U.S. Forest Service. Wildland fires are growing worse in a time of drought and climate change, and the biggest and most destructive fires can’t be stopped. They are…

15Jan, 2015

Power for All: Energy Access for the Rural Poor

Sanford 223, Rhodes Conference Room - Friday, October 30, 2015

Duke-RTI Professors and Practitioners in Conversation In an era of accelerating innovation and increasing dependence on technology, much of the world’s rural population still lacks reliable access to energy. Living without power inhibits household incomes, access to education, good health outcomes, and labor productivity. Drawing on a wide range of experiences, panelists will discuss the…