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

"It has been the experience of a lifetime to have Sue as a teacher, mentor, and friend – by far one of the most distinct privileges of my Duke career. Learning about intelligence and national security from 'one of the most respected intelligence officers of her generation' (NYT) has been incredible. I wish others could witness the spark in students—myself very much included—when Sue draws apt parallels from core class concepts to times she was in the Situation Room or intimately involved in shaping events that we grew up hearing about on national television. Needless to say, there has never been a dry lecture in Sue's class.”

Shrey Majmudar

Public Policy and Computer Science, Class of 2022

29Apr, 2021

Rebuilding National Security Infrastructure & Improving Civ-Mil Relations

online - Friday, February 19, 2021

With the 2020 election now behind us, what can we expect next in Washington, D.C.? As our new and returning elected officials get to work, experts are outlining their top considerations for Congress and the new administration on the chief policy issues facing the United States. In this series of events, Duke in DC will…

29Apr, 2021

A Former President Trump Won’t ‘Need to Know.’ Cut Off His Intelligence.

online - Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The Washington Post | January 15, 2021Opinion by Susan M. Gordon Susan M. Gordon was the principal deputy director of national intelligence from 2017 to 2019. Every former president in the modern era has benefited from a unique national security perk after leaving the White House: routine intelligence briefings and access to classified information to…

29Apr, 2021

Trump’s Legacy on Foreign Policy, and the Challenges Facing Biden

online - Monday, January 4, 2021

PBS News Hour | December 31, 2020 During the early days of the 2016 campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump assured supporters he would pursue an “America First” approach to foreign policy. But what legacy will President Trump leave behind, and what are the challenges for President-elect Biden? Judy Woodruff spoke with four foreign policy experts…

29Apr, 2021

National Intelligence Expert on Treasury, Commerce Hacks: ‘This is big’

online - Monday, December 14, 2020

CNBC | December 14, 2020 The Trump administration acknowledged reports on Sunday that a group backed by a foreign government carried out a cyberattack on the U.S. Treasury Department and a section of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Sue Gordon, former national intelligence principal deputy director, joined “Squawk Box” on Monday to discuss. Watch video.

29Apr, 2021

Coronavirus Conversations: Coronavirus and the Military

via Zoom - Monday, April 20, 2020

Recent reports have highlighted the unique challenges the pandemic poses for our nation’s military. News of infections on U.S. Navy ships and of a VA Healthcare System stretched even thinner raise concern for those in service to our country. How are military leaders protecting and supporting military personnel, veterans, and their families while preserving the…