Spencer Kaplan

Spencer is a senior studying public policy, political science, and Earth and Ocean sciences. As a first-year, he helped found Duke Students for Housing Reform, which advocated for a more equitable housing system at Duke. He also worked as a research assistant for Professor Jonathan Wiener, Professor Peter Feaver, and in the Duke Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. Passionate about education, he is currently teaching both a house course and a Bass Connections course. Outside the classroom, he was a co-chair of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy’s student council for several years, where he led its diversity and inclusion initiative, and he has worked at several think tanks studying security issues. Spencer studied away with the “Duke in Australia” and “Duke in D.C.” programs, and he plans to continue staying involved in Duke affairs after graduation through an initiative he started to increase Duke’s investment in space education. 

"I know I will be an impactful trustee because I have engaged with a huge variety of Duke’s schools, departments, and student organizations. The breadth of my Duke experiences, which includes everything from working in an engineering laboratory to co-founding Duke’s housing reform movement, has instilled in me a vast arsenal of perspectives to contribute to the Board. Moreover, I have engaged with senior policymakers and administrators through the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and a hiring committee for the Director of Jewish Life, where I gained experience contributing the “younger” viewpoint, a core responsibility of the Young Trustee."