Noah Pickus

Noah Pickus is an associate research professor of Public Policy Studies at Duke University, where he also directs the Kenan Institute for Ethics and co-directs the Brookings-Duke Immigration Policy Roundtable. A consultant for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Pickus told us a little about himself before taking the stage at Zócalo’s immigration conference in Chicago.

Q. What is your favorite word?

A. Moderation.

Q. What inspires you?

A. Running.

Q. What is your favorite way to procrastinate?

A. Running.

Q. How would you describe yourself in five words or fewer?

A. Moderate, pretending to be suave.

Q. If you could live in any other time, past or future, when would it be and why?

A. The 1940s and 50s for what may seem like a silly reason. I grew up seeing pictures of that time – all the men wear hats and everyone wears suits. It’s not that I’m a particularly fancy person, but everyone then seemed like they were serious about things.

Q. What is your greatest extravagance?

A. My bicycle.

Q. What is your most prized material possession?

A. My bicycle.

*Photo by Allison Glenn.


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