Associate Provost & Senior Advisor to the Provost

Noah Pickus is Associate Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost at Duke University, Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development at Duke Kunshan University, and Associate Research Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy.  As Associate Provost and vice-chair of the University Strategic Planning Steering Committee, he focuses on cross-university priorities and integrated strategies for the creation, delivery, and translation of knowledge. He led the faculty committee to design an innovative, interdisciplinary, and problem-based undergraduate curriculum for Duke Kunshan University and is responsible for hiring a new faculty to teach at DKU and implement the curriculum and for connecting academic affairs at Duke and DKU.

Pickus was previously the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics (KIE) at Duke University, where he established the institute as a signature university-wide program and oversaw its expansion in research, policy engagement, and high impact undergraduate programming. Prior to joining the Kenan Institute for Ethics, he was the founding director of the Institute for Emerging Issues under former Governor James B. Hunt Jr. at NC State University, a university-based entrepreneurial venture in shaping public debate, public policy, and institutional practices.

An American Council on Education Fellow at Franklin & Marshall College, Pickus is currently a lead curriculum designer and faculty member at the Arizona State University-Georgetown University Academy for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership. He co-directed the Brookings-Duke Immigration Policy Roundtable and is the author of True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism (Princeton University Press), Becoming American/America Becoming (Duke), and Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield), as well as essays on ethics and public affairs education.

Since 1997, Pickus has taught courses on citizenship and globalization, immigration, and ethics and vocation at Duke University. He has previously taught at Middlebury and Williams Colleges as well as in China and Israel. He recently taught a Spring Breakthrough course on history and politics in the musical Hamilton!  Pickus has held fellowships from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, the A.W. Mellon Foundation, and the H.B. Earhart Foundation. A native Californian and triathlete, he earned a bachelor’s degree in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and a doctorate in politics from Princeton University.


  • Read Noah's opinion piece (with Kate Ebner) on The Right Kind of Innovation in higher education
  • Watch video features on Noah Pickus' Spring Break course Hamilton: Music, History and Politics here and here
  • Watch his address at Fudan University here
  • Noah Pickus reflects on teaching in China in A Kunshan Diary
  • Read the report from the Kenan Institute's Symposium "Duke's Global Ventures: Collaboration or Colonialism?"
  • Read the Kenan Institute's 2014 Report to the External Review Committee