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.”


"Working with Robert on issues at the intersection of agriculture and climate change has been one of the highlights of my time as a graduate student at Duke. Having access to his incredible wealth of knowledge and insight into the policy-making process has been invaluable both to our Bass Connection project and to my broader educational experience here at Duke."

Danielle Arostegui

Master of Environmental Management, Class of 2018

"Governor Raskin's research on complex financial and regulatory topics, coupled with her passion for educating the public on important issues like cybersecurity, has been both influential in her field and inspiring to her students. Working directly with her has been a valuable learning experience and a true privilege."

Daniel Marcus

JD, Class of 2019

"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, Class of 2016

19Jan, 2015

'We Must Not Call it Victory': New Archives Illustrate U.S. Cold War Strategy

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Duke Today | January 31, 2019 By Eric Ferreri Jack Matlock, left, joined President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev at the historic 1985 summit. Photo via Wikimedia Commons. As he headed to Switzerland in 1985 for a landmark first summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, President Ronald Reagan wrote a…

19Jan, 2015

Former Fed Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin on the FOMC Policy Statement

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Rubenstein Fellow and former Fed Governor, Sarah Bloom Raskin, joined CNBC and Bloomberg to discuss the Federal Open Market Committee’s statement on January 30. Eye on the Fed: Patience is the key word to watch for CNBC: Squak Alley January 30th, 2019, 11:45 AM EST Sarah Bloom Raskin, former deputy Treasury secretary and former Federal Reserve governor, joins…

19Jan, 2015

Former Rubenstein Fellow Alex Dehgan Releases New Book 'The Snow Leopard Project'

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Snow Leopard ProjectAnd Other Adventures in Warzone Conservationby Alex DeghanHardcover, 278 pages Alex Deghan, a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke from 2014 to 2016, has just released a new book: The Snow Leopard Project and other Adventures in Warzone Conservation. Dehgan began working on the book, which recounts his efforts to create a wildlife…