The Office of Government Relations represents the interests of the University's faculty, students and staff on matters of legislation and regulations before the federal government in Washington, D.C. By drawing upon the wealth of expertise and resources within the Duke community, we seek to inform and impact the conversation within the Washington, D.C. community. The diversity of the issues affecting the University is as diverse as our community and academic endeavors. The Office of Government Relations tracks legislation regarding issues as wide-ranging as federal student aid programs; funding for scientific research; immigration policies; and technology transfer and intellectual property law. The staff serves as a resource to both the communities on campus and in Washington, D.C. Should you require any assistance or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Capitol Connections Blog

Plum Books and Outlooks

March 21, 2017

Plum Books and Outlooks: Finding Your Feet in a New Government  President Trump recently passed his 50th day in office. Though legally of no consequence, the first three months of a President’s tenure is often the only chance he has Read More...

A Day of Advocacy

February 20, 2017

When it comes to advocacy days in the Capitol, the first line is the bottom line. Members of Congress and their staff like facts, they like research, and they love it when smart, even-handed academics convey the benefits of their Read More...

Letter from the President

February 08, 2017

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent Thursday February 2 to President Trump by 48 U.S. university leaders. Dear President Trump: We write as presidents of leading American colleges and universities to urge you to rectify or rescind the recent Read More...


Research Spotlight

Human-Computer Interactions - Drones

Missy Cummings, Associate Professor, Duke University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, and the Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering Department