Eric is the inaugural director of DukeEngage, a program that provides funding for Duke undergraduates to undertake immersive civic engagement projects at home and abroad. Prior to this position, he directed the Robertson Scholars Program, a joint merit scholarship program at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. A firm believer in the transformative power of experiential education, he has been building programs in this area for over a decade. A political scientist with a B.A. from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Eric’s academic and administrative work over the past 25 years has concerned itself with the role that society plays in fostering and strengthening democracy. He is excited about Tivnu, and its vision of combining the work of the hands with the work of the mind to build a more just world.