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he faculty of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy are an interdisciplinary group who meet the criteria of academic excellence in the social

science disciplines, are enthusiastic teachers and mentors, and take seriously the implications of their work for policy problems. Their broad research interests are demonstrated by the wide range of units with which they hold joint appointments—including economics, political science, sociology, history, math, business, social work, education, natural resources, information, and urban planning. For more information on each faculty member, please visit us online: fordschool.umich.edu.


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Core Faculty Robert Axelrod is the Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding at the University of Michigan, with appointments in Political Science and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. His areas of specialization include international security, formal models, and complex adaptive systems. Bob’s books include Harnessing Complexity (with Michael D. Cohen), Conflict of Interest, The Structure of Decision, The Evolution of Cooperation, and The Complexity of Cooperation. His work focuses on questions of how patterns of social behavior emerge. He draws on the current research in a wide range of disciplines, including biology, psychology, and computer science. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and former president of the American Political Science Association. He is also the winner of several national awards: In 2014 he was awarded the National Medal of Science, the “nation’s highest honor for scientific achievement and leadership” and in 2015 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University. Previously, he was named a MacArthur Prize Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and received his PhD from Yale University. (On leave, fall 2017– spring 2018.) Michael S. Barr is the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the Ford School, the Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law, and Faculty Director of the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and, previously, at the Brookings Institution. He served from 2009–2010 as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, and was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School; an M. Phil in International Relations from Magdalen College, Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar; and his B.A., summa cum laude, with Honors in History, from Yale University. Beth Chimera is a writing instructor at the Ford School. In addition to offering individual tutorial hours to graduate and undergraduate students, she teaches the “Introduction to Policy Writing” first-year graduate course and the “Persuasive Policy Writing” undergraduate course. A New York City native, she has worked as a senior or contributing editor for a variety of national publications, as well as for the James Beard Foundation. She received her MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, where she has taught expository and creative writing, and is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for her short fiction. John D. Ciorciari is an associate professor of public policy and director of the Ford School’s International Policy Center. His research focuses on international law and politics in the Global South. He is the author of The Limits of Alignment: Southeast Asia and the Great Powers since 1975 (Georgetown University Press 2010) and co-author of Hybrid Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (University of Michigan Press 2014). He is an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and a senior legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which promotes historical memory and justice for the atrocities of the Pol Pot regime. Ciorciari served as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford (2007–09), as a policy official in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of International Affairs (2004–07), and as an associate at the international law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. He holds a bachelor’s and juris doctorate from Harvard and a master’s and doctorate from Oxford. (On leave, fall 2017.)

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Susan M. Collins is the Edward M. Gramlich Professor of Public Policy, a professor of economics, and former dean of the Ford School (2007–2017). Before coming to Michigan, she was a professor of economics at Georgetown University and a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, where she retains a nonresident affiliation. She is an international economist whose research interests center on understanding and fostering economic growth in industrial, emerging market, and developing countries. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She served a term as president of the Association for Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) from 2013-15 and, earlier in her career, as a senior staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Collins received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics from Harvard University and her doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (On leave, fall 2017 – spring 2018.) Mary E. Corcoran is a professor of public policy, political science, and women’s studies. Her research focuses on the effects of gender and race discrimination on economic status and earnings, and on professional women’s career trajectories. Corcoran has published articles on intergenerational mobility, the underclass, and sex-based and race-based inequality. She teaches seminars on poverty and inequality and on women and employment. Corcoran received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Paul Courant is the Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Economics and Information, and a Presidential Bicentennial Professor at the University of Michigan. Courant has served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, as university librarian and dean of libraries, as associate provost for academic and budgetary affairs, as chair of the Department of Economics, and as director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (predecessor of the Ford School). He served as a senior staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers from 1979 to 1980. Courant has authored a half-dozen books and more than six-dozen papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy. More recently, his academic work has focused on economic and policy questions relating to universities, libraries and archives, and the effects of new information technologies and other disruptions on scholarship, scholarly publication, and academic libraries. He was a founding board member of both the HathiTrust Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America, and is a member of the advisory committee of the Authors Alliance. Courant holds a bachelor’s in history from Swarthmore College (1968), a master’s in economics from Princeton University (1973), and a doctorate in economics from Princeton University (1974). Alan V. Deardorff is the John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics and a professor of public policy whose research focuses on international trade. With Bob Stern, he developed the Michigan Model of World Production and Trade, which has been used to estimate the effects of trade agreements around the world. Deardorff is also doing theoretical work in international trade and trade policy. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Labor, State, and Treasury and to international organizations including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Bank. He received his PhD from Cornell University.

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John DiNardo is a professor of economics and public policy at the Ford School and a visiting professor at the U-M Law School. His interests include applied econometrics, labor economics, health economics, political science, and a little bit of philosophy. Two of his recent publications include “Wellness Incentives In the Workplace: Cost Savings through Cost Shifting to Unhealthy Workers” and “New Evidence on the Finite Sample Properties of Propensity Score Reweighting and Matching Estimators.” He is working on a number of projects including a paper on the impacts of labor unions on wages and inequality and a revision of his textbook Econometric Methods. He received a BA and an MPP from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Princeton University. Kathryn M. Dominguez is a professor of public policy and economics at the Ford School. Her research interests include topics in international financial markets and macroeconomics. She has written numerous articles on foreign exchange rate behavior and is the author of Exchange Rate Efficiency and the Behavior of International Asset Markets and Does Foreign Exchange Intervention Work? (with Jeff Frankel). She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, is a member of the Panel of Economic Advisers at the Congressional Budget Office, and is the director of the honors program in the Department of Economics. She has also worked as a research consultant for USAID, the Federal Reserve System, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Bank for International Settlements. Dominguez teaches macroeconomics, finance, and international economics at the Ford School. She received her PhD from Yale University. James J. Duderstadt is President Emeritus of the University of Michigan and University Professor of Science and Engineering. A graduate of Yale (’64 BSE in electrical engineering) and Caltech (’65 MS and ’67 PhD in engineering science and physics), Duderstadt’s teaching, research, and publishing activities focus on nuclear science and engineering, applied physics, computer simulation, science policy, and higher education policy. He has served on and chaired numerous policy bodies including the National Science Board, the executive council of the National Academies, and advisory committees for various federal agencies. He currently chairs the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Research Council and serves as a senior scholar of the Brookings Institution. He has received numerous awards including the E. O. Lawrence Award for excellence in nuclear research, the Arthur Holly Compton Prize for outstanding teaching, the National Medal of Technology for technological innovation, and the Vannevar Bush Award for exemplary service to the nation. He currently teaches in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at the Ford School, and conducts research in the Millennium Project, a think-tank exploring the impact of over-the-horizon technologies on society, located in the James and Anne Duderstadt Center on the University’s North Campus.

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Susan M. Dynarski is a professor of economics, education, and public policy at the University of Michigan, co-director of the Education Policy Initiative, faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy. She served as a visiting fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Princeton University, and she currently serves on the American Economic Journal’s Economic Policy Board of Editors. She is a past editor of Education Finance and Policy Analysis, the Journal of Labor Economics, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Dynarski’s research focuses on financial aid, postsecondary schooling and labor market outcomes, and the effectiveness of school reform on academic achievement. She has consulted broadly on student aid reform at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, White House, and U.S. Departments of Treasury and Education. She has testified to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, and the President’s Commission on Tax Reform. Elisabeth R. Gerber is the associate dean for research and policy engagement at the Ford School and the Jack L. Walker, Jr. Professor of Public Policy. She is a research associate at the Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, with a courtesy appointment as a professor of political science. Her current research focuses on regionalism and intergovernmental cooperation, sustainable development, urban climate adaptation, transportation policy, community and economic development, local fiscal capacity, and local political accountability. She is the author of The Populist Paradox: Interest Group Influence and the Promise of Direct Legislation (1999), co-author of Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy (2000), and co-editor of Voting at the Political Fault Line: California’s Experiment with the Blanket Primary (2001) and Michigan at the Millennium (2003). She currently serves as vice-chair of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Michigan. Edie N. Goldenberg is a professor of political science and public policy. She served as dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts from 1989-98 and is founding director of the Michigan in Washington Program. Her research interests include the voting turnout of Millennials, and in 2017 she founded a Michigan group called Turn Up Turnout (TUT). Her most recent book is OffTrack Profs: Nontenured Teachers in Higher Education (MIT Press 2009), co-authored with John Cross. She is also author of Making the Papers: The Access of Resource Poor Groups to the Metropolitan Papers and co-author of Campaigning for Congress. Goldenberg served in the federal Office of Personnel Management. She is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration, a life member of the MIT Corporation, and former director of the Ford School from 1987–89. Richard L. Hall is a professor of political science and public policy. His research interests focus on American national politics. He has studied participation and representation in Congress, campaign finance reform, congressional oversight, issue advertising, health politics, and health policy. He is currently writing a book on interest group lobbying and the role of political money in Congressional policy making. Hall is the author of Participation in Congress (1996). He is a recipient of the Richard F. Fenno Award from the American Political Science Association, the Pi Sigma Alpha Award from the Midwest Political Science Association, and the Jack L. Walker Award from the American Political Science Review. Prior to coming to the Ford School, he served in a staff role on Capitol Hill. At the Ford School, Hall teaches courses on the politics of policy analysis, policy advocacy, and the politics of health policy. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Jonathan Hanson is a lecturer in statistics for public policy at the Ford School. As a specialist in comparative political economy and political development, his research examines the ways in which, and the channels through which, political institutions affect economic performance and human development. In recent projects, he has explored whether democracy and state capacity complement or substitute for each other when it comes to improving human development and why authoritarian regimes vary significantly in economic and social outcomes. Hanson holds an MA in economics and a PhD in political science from the University of Michigan. Catherine H. Hausman is an assistant professor at the Ford School and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her work focuses on environmental and energy economics. Recent projects have looked at the economic and environmental impacts of shale gas, the market impacts of nuclear power plant closures, and the effects of electricity market deregulation on nuclear power safety. Prior to her graduate studies, Hausman studied in Peru under a Fulbright grant. She has taught statistics, a policy seminar on energy and the environment, and a course on government regulation of industry and the environment. She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Josh Hausman is an assistant professor of public policy and economics. His research interests are in economic history and macroeconomics with a focus on the Great Depression and its lessons for contemporary economic policy. Hausman is currently studying what began the U.S. recovery from the Great Depression in 1933. In addition to his work on the 1930s, he is interested in the contemporary Japanese economy, particularly the macroeconomic effects of `Abenomics.’ From 2005 to 2007, Hausman worked as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board, and in 2010 he worked as a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. He holds a BA in economics from Swarthmore College and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Yazier Henry is a lecturer at the Ford School. As a public intellectual, scholar, strategist, political analyst, and professional human rights advocate, he has written and published on the political economy of social voice, memory, trauma, identity, peace processes, truth commissions, and international transitional justice. His current research and writing projects focus on how structural and administrative violence come to be institutionalized during post-colonial transitions. Among the courses Henry has taught at the Ford School are “Social Activism, Democracy, and Globalization: Perspectives of the Global South” and “Facilitating Dialogue across Faultlines: Race, Identity, Leadership and Socio-Structural Difference.” Henry gained his early advocacy experience in the international anti-apartheid movement.

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Brian A. Jacob is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy and professor of economics at the Ford School, and is co-director of the Youth Policy Lab. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Jacob came to Michigan from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; he previously served as a policy analyst in the NYC Mayor’s Office and taught middle school in East Harlem. His primary fields of interest are labor economics, program evaluation, and the economics of education. Jacob’s current research focuses on urban school reform, with a particular emphasis on standards and accountability initiatives. At the Ford School, he teaches “Economics of Education” and classes focused on education policy. In 2008, Jacob received the David N. Kershaw Prize, an award given every two years to honor persons who, at under the age of 40, have made a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy. He received a BA from Harvard University in 1992 and a PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago. Valenta Kabo is a lecturer at the Ford School. Her fields of interest are comparative law, law and economics, and property rights and development. She earned her PhD in political science and public policy from the University of Michigan. She also has an MPP and a JD from the University of Michigan and was a postdoctoral research fellow and program director at the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies. Prior to beginning her doctorate program, she practiced immigration law and worked as a researcher for an employee assessment organization. Paula Lantz is the associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of public policy at the Ford School. She also holds an appointment as professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health. Lantz, a social demographer, studies the role of public policy in improving population health. She currently directs the University of Michigan Policies for Action Research Hub, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is engaged in a number of research projects investigating public policy approaches to reducing social inequities in health. Lantz is leading a project regarding the potential for and challenges associated with using social impact bonds to fund public-private partnerships aimed at improving population health. Lantz received an MA in sociology from Washington University, St. Louis, and an MS in epidemiology and PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. John Leahy is the Allen Sinai Professor of Macroeconomics, a joint appointment between the Ford School and the Department of Economics. Much of his work considers the psychological side of consumerism, analyzing individuated, decision-making processes. Leahy is a leading authority on macroeconomics, having served as a coeditor of the American Economic Review and a visiting scholar to the Federal Reserve Banks of New York, Philadelphia, and Kansas City. He earned an MS in foreign service from Georgetown University and a PhD in economics from Princeton University.

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Stephanie Leiser is a lecturer at the Ford School. Her general area of interest is in public finance, budgeting, and financial management, and she has particular expertise in state and local tax policy, tax incentives for business, and other issues related to the taxation of business. She was previously a lecturer at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, where she also earned her PhD in 2014. Leiser has taught courses in public budgeting and financial management, tax policy, nonprofit financial management, and microeconomics. A Ford School alum (MPP ’05), she has also worked as a tax policy analyst for the Michigan legislature and continues to consult with leaders in Lansing on tax policy issues. Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky, a retired senior American diplomat, is professor of international policy and practice at the Ford School; a senior fellow of the school’s International Policy Center; a member of the Steering Committee of the University’s Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies; and a faculty associate of the Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES). From 2003 to 2012 he was a member of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent body of international drug policy experts headquartered in Vienna, Austria. During his 35-year career as an American Foreign Service officer, Levitsky was ambassador to Brazil from 1994–98 and before that held senior positions as assistant secretary of state for international narcotics matters, executive secretary of the State Department, ambassador to Bulgaria, deputy director of the Voice of America, and deputy assistant secretary of state for human rights. Levitsky also served in Germany and the Soviet Union and directed U.S.-Soviet bilateral relations and United Nations political affairs at the State Department earlier in his career. On his retirement Levitsky received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award. Ann Chih Lin is an associate professor of public policy and political science. She writes on immigration policy, and is especially interested in how states can create policies to recruit immigrants under federal guidance. Lin was co-principal investigator on the Detroit Arab American Study, a landmark public opinion survey of Arab Americans in Detroit, and a co-author of a book on the study, Citizenship in Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11. With David Harris, she is coauthor of the collection The Colors of Poverty: Why Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Poverty Continue to Exist. She is the author of Reform in the Making: The Implementation of Social Policy in Prison and the co-editor, with Sheldon Danziger, of Coping with Poverty: The Social Contexts of Neighborhood, Work, and Family in the African-American Community. She serves on national and local boards and was formerly a social worker with Covenant House in New York City. Lin received her PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. Sharon Maccini is a lecturer of public policy and director of the Ford School’s undergraduate program. She has taught courses in public health, public finance, and applied microeconomics to MPP and BA students. As a health economist, her overarching research interest is the econometric evaluation of public health policies. Maccini’s research has focused on the impact of decentralization on health outcomes and public health, and the role of environmental conditions at birth on health and socioeconomic status in adulthood. She holds a BA in political science from Brown University and a PhD in health policy from Harvard University. (On leave, fall 2017 – spring 2018.)

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Tamar Mitts is an assistant professor of public policy at the Ford School. She specializes in comparative politics and international relations, with a focus on political violence, conflict, radicalization and extremism. Mitts’ current research examines the behavior of Islamic State (ISIS) supporters on social media, specifically how supporters react to online propaganda, how they respond to experiences of anti-Muslim hostility in the West, and whether they are sensitive to counter-extremism programs aiming to reduce radicalization. Her other projects examine the effect of war on pro-social behavior, the impact of terrorism on the dissemination of right-wing ideology in popular media, and the link between political events and cyber-attacks around the world. She earned her master of arts, master of philosophy, and doctoral degrees, all in political science, from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in politics from New York University. David Morse is a lecturer at the Ford School, where he teaches expository writing and an undergraduate course on utopianism. Before completing a master’s degree in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, he edited for an educational nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, and taught English as a second language in Iwakuni, Japan. His fiction has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as magazines such as One Story, The Missouri Review, and  Short Fiction. His play, Quartet, was performed in collaboration with the Takács Quartet and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Shobita Parthasarathy is an associate professor of public policy and women’s studies. Her research focuses on the governance of emerging science and technology, particularly those that have uncertain environmental, social, ethical, political, and health implications. Much of her research focuses on politics and policy related to genetics and biotechnology. Her work is usually cross-national in scope, and thus far she has focused on the United States, Europe, and India. She is the author of multiple articles and two books: Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care (MIT Press 2007; paperback 2012); and Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe (University of Chicago Press 2017). Parthasarathy has participated in innovation policy discussions in both the U.S. and Europe; most notably, her work influenced the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the patentability of human genes. Her new research projects investigate grassroots innovation and the regulation of human genetic engineering. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and master’s and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. Natasha Pilkauskas is an assistant professor of public policy at the Ford School. Pilkauskas’ research considers how social policy might improve the developmental and life trajectories of lowincome children. Much of her research focuses on the living arrangements of low-income children, especially those who live with grandparents. Past and current projects also investigate the role of family/kin transfers in helping families make ends meet; links between maternal employment and school outcomes; the effectiveness of the Earned Income Tax Credit; and the effects of the Great Recession on low-income households. Pilkauskas received a master’s in public policy from Harvard University and a PhD in social welfare policy from Columbia University.

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Barry Rabe is the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and the director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the Ford School. He is also the Arthur Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy and holds courtesy appointments in the Program in the Environment, the Department of Political Science, and the School of Environment and Sustainability. Rabe was recently a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and continues to serve as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His research examines climate and energy politics and his newest book, Can We Price Carbon?, is scheduled for a 2018 release by MIT Press. He has received four awards for his research from the American Political Science Association, including the 2017 Martha Derthick Award for long-standing impact in the fields of federalism and intergovernmental relations. Rabe chairs the Assumable Waters Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has served on recent National Academy of Public Administration panels examining the Departments of Commerce and Interior. Kaitlin Raimi is an assistant professor of public policy at the Ford School. A social psychologist, her interests center on how social motivations have the potential to promote or prevent sustainable behaviors. Raimi’s research focuses on how people compare their own beliefs and behaviors to those of other people, how the desire to make a good impression can influence people to mitigate climate change, and how adopting one sustainable behavior affects subsequent environmental decisions. She completed an MA and PhD in social psychology from Duke University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment at Vanderbilt University. Alex L. Ralph is a lecturer in expository writing at the Ford School. For over a decade he taught in the Sweetland Center for Writing and the English Department at the University of Michigan. In 2009 he received the English Department’s Ben Prize for excellence in the teaching of writing. Ralph also serves as an instructor in the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) summer institute. He received his BA from Swarthmore College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

Joy Rohde is an assistant professor of public policy and history at the Ford School. She specializes in U.S. foreign policy history, intellectual history, and science and technology studies. Her first book, Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War (Cornell 2013), investigates the Cold War origins and contemporary consequences of military funding for social science and foreign policy research. Her current research examines the impact computer technologies have had on social science and policy analysis in the United States. Rohde earned a PhD in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Stephanie L. Sanders is the Ford School’s first diversity, equity, and inclusion officer. Sanders was most recently the associate director of diversity initiatives at Old Dominion University. Through the lens of critical race theory, Sanders’ research agenda examines students who transition from urban environments to rural, predominantly white, college environments. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of School Leadership, the American Journal of Health Research, IGI Global and Nova Science Publishers. As a practitioner and scholar, she is interested in pipeline initiatives, urban education, and diversity in higher education. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Ohio University and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees, in speech-language-hearing science, from the University of Central Arkansas. Previously, Sanders served as assistant director for diversity and inclusion at Ohio University. H. Luke Shaefer is director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, an interdisciplinary, university-level initiative that seeks to inform, identify, and test innovative strategies to prevent and alleviate poverty. He is an associate professor of social work and public policy whose research on poverty and social welfare policy in the United States has been published in top peerreviewed academic journals such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the American Journal of Public Health. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and others. Shaefer has presented his research at the White House and before numerous federal agencies, has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and has consulted with a number of the nation’s largest social service providers as well as numerous community-based agencies. His work has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vox, the LA Times, and many others. His recent book with Kathryn Edin, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by the New York Times Book Review, and won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, among other awards. Charles R. Shipan is the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Professor of Social Sciences and professor of political science in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan, Shipan served on the faculty at the University of Iowa, and he has also held positions as a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, as a visiting research fellow at Trinity College in Dublin, and as a visiting fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Designing Judicial Review, the co-author of Deliberate Discretion?, and has written numerous articles and book chapters on political institutions and public policy. He is currently engaged in a comparative study of antismoking laws in the U.S. and Switzerland and an examination of the effects of bipartisanship on public policy. Shipan received a BA in chemistry from Carleton College and an MA and PhD in political science from Stanford University. In the fall 2017 semester, he will teach “Politics, Political Institutions, and Public Policy.” Fabiana Silva is an assistant professor of public policy at the Ford School. She studies the mechanisms that perpetuate (or mitigate) group-based inequality in the labor market, with a focus on social networks and employer discrimination. Current projects examine how employers reward the referrals of black and white job applicants, the relationship between employers’ racial attitudes and their hiring behavior, and the causal effect of an increase in social network size on the employment outcomes of Mexican immigrants. She is also working on a series of studies investigating how different ways of framing immigration affect attitudes toward immigration policy. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of California-Berkeley.

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Carl P. Simon is professor of mathematics, economics, complex systems, and public policy. He was the founding director of the U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems and a former director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at the Ford School. His research centers on the theory and application of dynamical systems: from economic systems in search of equilibrium, to political systems in search of optimal policies, ecosystems responding to human interactions, and especially to the dynamics of the spread of contagious diseases. His current research centers on the spread of crime, the initiation of teen-age smoking, and health issues that affect socioeconomic status. He was named the LSA Distinguished Senior Lecturer in 2007 and received the U-M Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 2012. He teaches calculus at the Ford School, including “algebraic aerobics.” He received his PhD in mathematics from Northwestern University. (On leave, spring 2018.) Kevin Stange is an associate professor of public policy. His research interests lie broadly in empirical labor and public economics, with a focus on education. He is currently doing research on college costs and pricing, earnings differences by college major field, vocational education and training, and the higher education market. In the past, he has studied community colleges, college dropout and persistence, college amenities and spending, the health care workforce, and unemployment insurance. At the Ford School, Stange teaches graduate courses on microeconomics, program evaluation, and higher education policy. He received his undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and economics from MIT and his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Betsey Stevenson is an associate professor of public policy at the Ford School. She is also a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research, a fellow of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich, a member of the Research Advisory Board of the Committee for Economic Development, and a visiting associate professor at the University of Sydney. Stevenson served under President Obama as a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, advising the President on policy issues related to labor markets and social policy. She also served as the chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor from 2010 to 2011. She is a labor economist whose research focuses on the impact of public policies on the labor market. Her research explores women’s labor market experiences, the economic forces shaping the modern family, and the potential value of subjective well-being data for public policy. David Thacher is associate professor of public policy and urban planning. His research draws from philosophy, history, and the interpretive social sciences to develop and apply a humanistic approach to policy research. He is particularly interested in the use of case study and narrative analysis to clarify the ethical foundations of public policy. Most of his work has focused on criminal justice policy, where he has undertaken studies of order maintenance policing, the local police role in homeland security, community policing reform, the distribution of safety and security, prisoner re-entry, and the control of criminal justice discretion. He is currently studying the rise of American drug laws in the late 19th century and the transformation of police authority in the 1960s. Thacher received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Megan Tompkins-Stange is an assistant professor of public policy. She is the author of Policy Patrons: Philanthropy, Education Reform, and the Politics of Influence (Harvard Education Press 2016). Her interests center on education policy and institutional change, including private philanthropy’s influence within K-12 public education and the rise of entrepreneurial approaches to school reform. She received her PhD in education policy and organization studies from Stanford University.

Susan Waltz is a professor of public policy. She is a specialist in human rights and international affairs with regional expertise on North Africa. Waltz is author of Human Rights and Reform: Changing the Face of North African Politics (1995) and a series of articles on the historical origins of international human rights instruments. She maintains the website Human Rights Advocacy and the History of International Human Rights Standards (humanrightshistory.umich.edu), hosted by the University of Michigan. For some fifteen years she was also involved in international efforts to promote an international Arms Trade Treaty (successfully concluded in 2013). From 1993-99 Waltz served on Amnesty International’s International Executive Committee and since 2000 she has served terms on the national boards of the American Friends Service Committee and Amnesty International USA. She currently serves on an executive committee overseeing the work of the Quaker United Nations Office, New York. Waltz received her PhD in international studies from the University of Denver. Janet Weiss is the Mary C. Bromage Collegiate Professor at the Ross School of Business and professor of public policy at the Ford School. She served as vice provost and dean of the Rackham Graduate School from 2005-2015, as associate provost from 2002-2005, and before that was founder and director of the Nonprofit and Public Management Center. Her research interests focus on the management of public and nonprofit organizations, education reform, graduate education, and policies that affect young children. She received her PhD from Harvard University. Justin Wolfers is a professor of public policy and economics. He also serves as a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers. Wolfers’ research interests include labor economics, macroeconomics, political economy, social policy, law and economics, and behavioral economics. Previously, Wolfers was an associate professor of business and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting professor at Princeton University. He is a research associate with the National Bureau for Economic Research, a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, a senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a research affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and an international research fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany. He is also a contributing columnist with the New York Times. Wolfers earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sydney and an AM and PhD in economics from Harvard University. Dean Yang is a professor of public policy and economics. His research is on the economic problems of developing countries. His specific areas of interest include international migration, microfinance, health, corruption, political economy, and the economics of disasters. Yang teaches Ford School courses in the economics of developing countries and in microeconomics, as well as a PhD course in development economics. He received his undergraduate and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University. (On leave, fall 2017–spring 2018.)

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Adjunct Faculty Scott Atran is an adjunct research professor at the Ford School and an anthropologist who conducts experiments to understand how people categorize and reason about nature, the cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion, and the limits of rational choice in political and cultural conflict. Atran has done fieldwork around the world and has interviewed the leaders and members of insurgent and extremist groups. He has briefed members of NATO, U.S. Senators and Representatives, National Security Council staff at the White House, the United Nations Security Council, European Union governments, the World Economic Forum, and others on problems of youth and violent extremism. He is tenured as a research director in anthropology at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institut Jean Nicod, in Paris and is a founding fellow of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at the University of Oxford. Jeff Bankowski is a lecturer at the Ford School and the chief performance officer and executive director of the State of Michigan’s Office of Performance and Transformation. With the state, he actively works to foster an innovative and efficient government in Michigan through oversight of lean process initiatives and by directly helping state departments establish a more effective system of customer service, performance measurement, and regulatory and business practices. Before being appointed to this role, he previously served as the state’s chief internal auditor. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his master’s degree from DePaul University. Daniel Duckworth is a leadership development and strategy consultant at LIFT Consulting, which is affiliated with the University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations. He is a lecturer at the Ford School and a facilitator and contributor to the Ross School of Business executive education program in positive leadership. Duckworth earned his master’s of public policy at the Ford School and his bachelor’s in international relations from Brigham Young University.

Reynolds Farley is the Dudley Duncan Professor Emeritus Faculty of Sociology, a research scientist at the Population Studies Center, and a lecturer at the Ford School. Farley’s research interests concern population trends in the United States, focusing on racial differences, ethnicity, and urban structure. His current work explores the revitalization of Rust Belt metropolises, including Detroit, and he maintains a website—www.Detroit1701.org—with resources related to the evolution of the Motor City. Farley received his PhD from the University of Chicago. At the Ford School, he teaches “The History and Future of Detroit.” Nolan Finley is the editorial page editor of The Detroit News, where he directs the expression of the newspaper’s editorial position on various national and local issues, and also writes a column in the Thursday and Sunday newspapers. Finley joined The Detroit News in 1976 as a copy boy, while completing school, and went on to serve as a reporter, deputy managing editor, city editor, and opinion editor before assuming his current role in 2000. Finley will teach “Policy Implications of Detroit’s Grand Bargain” at the Ford School during the fall 2017 semester.

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Deirdre Golden is a lecturer at the Ford School and a professor of health law at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. She holds an MD from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin; a master’s in neuroscience and psychiatry from Wayne State University School of Medicine; and a JD (2004) and LLM (2009) in corporate and finance health care from Wayne State University Law School. Golden is a state-certified mediator and facilitator; a twenty-year member of the American Bar Association; and currently, chair of the Military and Veterans Health Law Interest Group. Neel Hajra is a lecturer at the Ford School and president and CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. His background includes a CEO role at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work and several years as a corporate attorney at Ford Motor Company. He currently serves as a board member for the Council of Michigan Foundations and Washtenaw Public Health. In 2009 Hajra was named an American Express NGen Fellow, and in 2010 he was honored with an Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders. At the Ford School, he teaches about management and policy in the nonprofit sector. Hajra earned a bachelor’s in physics and a juris doctor—both from the University of Michigan. John Hieftje, Ann Arbor’s longest serving mayor (2000-14), is a lecturer at the Ford School. Hieftje’s mayoral tenure was marked by environmental leadership, fiscal efficiency, and regional collaboration. In 2001 he initiated a long-term drive for greater fiscal efficiency that prepared the city for the Great Recession. He championed the successful Greenbelt Campaign and the “Mayor’s Green Energy Challenge” that led the drive for energy efficiency that established Ann Arbor as one of the nation’s leading green cities. Hieftje was also a leader in the successful push to expand public transit, bicycle infrastructure, and pedestrian safety. Recognitions of his service include the 2004 Greater Detroit Audubon Society Conservation Award, the 2008 Michigan League of Conservation Voters Environmental Leadership Award, and the 2014 Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association Leadership Award, among others. Currently Hieftje is co-chair of the Washtenaw County Continuum of Care Board and continues his work with other activists on state and local environmental issues. Rusty Hills is a lecturer at the Ford School and senior advisor to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. He has spent the better part of three decades in public service and politics. He was twice elected unanimously to serve as chair of the Michigan Republican Party and had previously served ten years as part of Governor John Engler’s executive team, including as director of communications and director of public affairs. He has worked on U.S. presidential campaigns from 1976 to 2010 and has participated in eight national conventions. Prior to politics, Hills worked as a reporter and anchorman for CBS and NBC television and radio affiliates in Lansing, Jackson, and Flint, Michigan as well as in South Bend, Indiana. Hill teaches “Elections and Campaigns” and “Political Campaign Strategies and Tactics” at the Ford School. His former students have run for, and won, numerous political offices. Hills has a BA in telecommunications from Michigan State University and a master’s in government from the University of Notre Dame.

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Debra Horner is on staff with the Ford School’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) where she is a project manager on the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) program. She has been a regular lecturer in U-M’s Political Science Department for the past 10 years and premiered a new course on Michigan politics and policy at the Ford School in the fall of 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan in 2007. Horner’s primary areas of research center on individuals’ political attitudes and political participation, as well as policymaking at the state and local levels in Michigan. Kary L. Moss is a lecturer at the Ford School where she teaches “Courts as Policymakers,” a course that focuses on the role that law plays in social justice, community engagement, and public opinion. Recently named among the 100 most influential women in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit, she has served as the executive director of the ACLU of Michigan since 1998. In 2011 she was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and in 2015 was the recipient of the NAACP-Detroit’s Ida Thurtell Award. She has published three books on women’s health and rights as well as law review articles and commentaries. Moss earned a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University and a juris doctor from CUNY Law School at Queen’s College. Daniel Raimi is a senior research associate at Resources for the Future and a lecturer at the Ford School. He works on a range of energy policy issues with a focus on oil and gas regulation and taxation and climate change policy. He has published in academic journals including Science, Environmental Science and Technology, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives, as well as in popular outlets including The New Republic, Newsweek, and Fortune. He has presented his research for policymakers, industry, and other stakeholders around the United States and internationally. The Fracking Debate, his forthcoming book, combines stories from his travels to dozens of oil and gas producing regions with a detailed examination of key policy issues, and will be published as part of the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy book series in December 2017. Raimi received his master’s degree in public policy from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and his bachelor’s degree in music from Wesleyan University. Craig Ruff is a lecturer at the Ford School. From 1986 to 2006, he was president of Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing, Michigan firm specializing in health, education, economic, and environmental policy. Previously, he served for eleven years in the executive office of Governor William G. Milliken, working primarily on human services issues and serving as chief of staff to the lieutenant governor. He chaired the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs under Governor Jennifer Granholm and twice served as Governor Rick Snyder’s senior policy adviser for education. He was the first holder of the Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University. Craig received his BA and MPP from the University of Michigan.

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Irving Salmeen is a lecturer at the Ford School, where he teaches “Social-systems and Energy.” He was previously associate director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program (2012–14) and a research scientist with the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Complex Systems (2008-12). He retired in 2007 after 36 years with the Ford Motor Company’s Scientific Research Laboratories, where he headed the lab’s Systems Analytics Department, working on mathematical models for business, manufacturing, and vehicle problems. He holds a PhD in biophysics and BS degrees in engineering physics and mathematics—both from the University of Michigan. Surry Scheerer (LMSW) is a lecturer at the Ford School, where she teaches a course on leadership development. A leadership and organizational culture consultant and trainer, Scheerer is a coach for custom programs at U-M’s Ross School of Business Executive Education Program, and is the coach leader for the Executive MBA program. She is a trainer and professional development coach for international exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Scheerer received her bachelor’s in human development and social policy from Northwestern University and her MSW from the University of Michigan. Dr. John J.H. “Joe” Schwarz is a lecturer at the Ford School, an otolaryngologist, and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Schwarz served in Southeast Asia for five years, first with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and later as assistant naval attaché in Indonesia. He then served with the Central Intelligence Agency in Laos and in Vietnam. On his return to Michigan, Schwarz served as a Battle Creek city commissioner then as mayor of Battle Creek from 1979 until 1986. He was a member of the Michigan State Senate from 1987 until 2002, serving as President Pro Tempore of the Senate (1993-2002). He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005, and served until 2007. Dr. Schwarz was a faculty member at Harvard for one year and holds 11 honorary degrees. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, and was chairman of the board of directors of the University of Michigan Alumni Association (2005-07). Schwarz served on the panel to investigate care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and on the Governor’s Emergency Financial Advisory Panel. He chaired the successful 2008 Constitutional Amendment proposal allowing human embryonic stem cell research in Michigan. He is presently part of a group working to end gerrymandering in Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1959, and his medical degree from Wayne State University in 1964. Dr. Schwarz served his residency in otolaryngology at Harvard University, finishing in 1973. A practicing otolaryngologist, he has served patients in Battle Creek, Michigan for 42 years.

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Denise Thal is a lecturer at the Ford School and will teach a course on budgeting and financial planning for mission-based organizations in the winter 2017 semester. She is executive vice president for business operations at Planned Parenthood of Michigan. Previously, Thal served as vice president for business operations at The Henry Ford, a large history museum complex outside Detroit. Thal has a master’s in public and private management (now called an MBA) from the Yale School of Management and a master’s of philosophy in economics from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Katherine Walsh is a lecturer at the Ford School. She has a joint appointment with U-M’s Office of University Development (OUD) as both the director of student engagement and the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. As part of the University of Michigan’s five-year initiative to create a more vibrant campus, Walsh heads department-wide efforts to diversify, and create more equitable opportunities for, OUD staff, donors, and volunteers. Walsh also oversees all student philanthropy efforts and was the program designer for the award-winning Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP). Prior to her work at Michigan, Walsh served as director of alumni, coordinator of admissions, and part-time instructor at Saint Joseph Academy in Brownsville, Texas. She received her BA in history and theatre from the University of Notre Dame, her MA from the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, and her MPP from the Ford School.

Faculty Associates Asad L. Asad is a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University and will arrive at the University of Michigan in 2019 as an assistant professor of sociology with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. As a sociologist interested in how institutions mediate various facets of inequality, his research has applications to the fields of immigration and migration; race and ethnicity; and health. Asad’s current projects focus on U.S. immigrant populations from Latin America, and his first book interrogates how immigrants in Dallas, Texas understand and respond to immigration law and enforcement. Asad’s research has appeared in American Behavioral Scientist, Annual Review of Sociology, Population and Environment, Qualitative Sociology, and Social Science & Medicine, among other outlets. A first-generation college graduate, Asad holds his undergraduate degree in political science and Spanish language and culture from the University of Wisconsin. He earned his AM and PhD in sociology, both from Harvard University. William Axinn is a research professor at the Institute for Social Research, professor in the Department of Sociology and a faculty affiliate at the Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, with a courtesy appointment as a professor of public policy at the Ford School. He is a sociologist and demographer whose research interests center on fertility and family demography. Axinn’s program of research addresses the relationships among social change, the social organization of families, intergenerational relationships, marriage, cohabitation, fertility and mental health in the United States and Nepal. He also studies the interrelationships between population and the environment and new techniques for the collection of social science data. More recently in his career, Axinn’s interests have evolved to include public policy applications of his research. His teaching centers on the family, the life course, fertility, and research methods.

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Dr. John Ayanian is the Alice Hamilton Professor of Medicine at the Medical School and professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health, with a courtesy appointment as a professor of public policy at the Ford School. He is the director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at U-M. The Institute incorporates over 500 faculty members from 17 schools and colleges at U-M, including the Ford School. Dr. Ayanian has focused his career on health policy and health services research related to access to care, quality of care, and health care disparities, and has served in key health policy advisory roles to state and federal government. In addition to his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, he holds an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School. Sarah Burgard is an associate professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Michigan’s Department of Sociology and an associate professor of epidemiology with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. Her research focuses on the way systems of stratification and inequality impact the health of people and populations. Much of her work centers on socioeconomic, gender, and racial/ethnic disparities in working lives and the relationships between working careers and health. She studies mental and physical health, as well as health behaviors, with a particular interest in sleep. In related work, she has explored the impact of recessions on well-being. Burgard also studies adult and child health in Brazil. She holds an MS in epidemiology and PhD in sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles. David K. Cohen is the John Dewey Professor of Education in the School of Education and professor of public policy at the Ford School. His research focuses on the relationships between education policy and classroom practice in K-12 education and on efforts to improve schooling. He was co-director of a national study of efforts to improve teaching and learning in high-poverty elementary schools. A nationally recognized authority on educational reform, Cohen taught at Harvard and Michigan State before coming to the University of Michigan. At the Ford School he teaches a class in education policy. Cohen received his PhD from the University of Rochester. Stephen DesJardins is a professor of education with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. He teaches courses related to public policy in higher education, economics and finances in postsecondary education, statistical methods, and institutional research and policy analysis. His research interests include student transitions from high school to college, what happens to students once they enroll in college, the economics of education, and applying statistical techniques to the study of these issues. He is on the editorial board of Economics of Education Review, is a contributing editor to Research in Higher Education, and is the methodology section editor for Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research. DesJardins received a BS in economics from Northern Michigan University, an MA in policy analysis and labor economics from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs (University of Minnesota), and a PhD in higher education, also from Minnesota.

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Helen Levy is a research professor at the Institute for Social Research and the School of Public Health with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. She is a co-investigator on the Health and Retirement Study, a long-running longitudinal study of health and economic dynamics at older ages. Her research interests include the causes and consequences of lacking health insurance, evaluation of public health insurance programs, and the role of health literacy in explaining disparities in health outcomes. Before coming to the University of Michigan she was an assistant professor at the Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and served as a senior economist to the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 2010–11. She received a PhD in economics from Princeton University. Brian McCall is a professor of education and economics with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. He is an economist whose research interests include applied econometrics, econometrics theory, economics of education and education policy, research design and quasi-experimental research, labor economics, social insurance, and health economics. McCall studies problems in both K-12 and higher education, including using econometric methods to model and evaluate intervention program effects. He is currently studying the effects of tuition subsidies on college outcomes, the determinants of college choice, and the impact of unemployment insurance receipt on re-employment and future labor market outcomes. McCall received his PhD in economics from Princeton University. Jeffrey D. Morenoff is a professor of sociology and a research professor at the Institute for Social Research (ISR), with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. He is also director of the ISR Population Studies Center. Professor Morenoff’s research interests include neighborhood environments, inequality, crime and criminal justice, the social determinants of health, racial/ ethnic/immigrant disparities in health and antisocial behavior, and methods for analyzing multilevel and spatial data. In 2004, Morenoff won the Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology for “outstanding contributions to the discipline of criminology.” He earned an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago. Alexandra K. Murphy is an assistant professor of sociology and a faculty associate of the Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. In her research, she uses ethnographic methods to examine how poverty and inequality are experienced, structured, and reproduced across and within multiple domains of social life, including neighborhoods, social networks, and the state. Murphy is currently working on her book, When the Sidewalks End: Poverty in an American Suburb (Oxford University Press), an ethnographic study of the social organization of poverty in one suburb. Another line of research examines the causes and consequences of transportation insecurity. She received her PhD in sociology and social policy from Princeton University.

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Homer Neal is director of the UM-ATLAS Project, the Samuel A. Goudsmit Professor of Physics, interim President Emeritus, and Vice President for Research Emeritus at the University of Michigan. From 1987 to 1993 he was chair of the University of Michigan Physics Department. While on the National Science Board he chaired the committee that produced the Board’s first comprehensive report on undergraduate science education. A result of that study is the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU), and the Research Experience for Teachers Program (RET), still flourishing today. He has also served as chairman of the Physics Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation. Following completion of research at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Professor Neal will once again teach “Science, Technology, and Public Policy” at the Ford School. Jason Owen-Smith is the Barger Leadership Institute Professor of Organizational Studies, a professor of sociology, a research professor in the Institute for Social Research, director of the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS), and a courtesy professor at the Ford School. Owen-Smith uses dynamic network methods with large-scale data sets to examine topics relevant to science policy, innovation, higher education, regional economic development, and medical care. In 2008, Owen-Smith received the University of Michigan’s Henry Russel Award, which recognizes mid-career faculty for exceptional scholarship and conspicuous teaching ability. He received his MA and PhD in sociology at the University of Arizona. Bob Schoeni is a research professor at the Institute for Social Research and a professor of economics with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. He is also the co-investigator of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a national panel survey of families assessing issues of poverty, income, family formation, wealth, and health since 1968. His teaching and research interests include program evaluation, welfare policy, economics and demographics of aging, labor economics, and immigration. He worked previously at RAND, where he was associate director of the Labor and Population Program, and also served as senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in Washington, DC. Schoeni received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. Kristin S. Seefeldt is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. Her primary research interests lie in exploring how low-income individuals understand their situations, particularly around issues related to work and economic well-being. She is the author of Abandoned Families: Social Isolation in the 21st Century (Russell Sage Foundation), Working After Welfare (W.E. Upjohn Institute Press), America’s Poor and the Great Recession (Indiana University Press), as well as numerous journal articles. Currently, she is conducting research to understand how the decline of unionized jobs has affected the intergenerational well-being of families. Previously, Seefeldt was assistant director of the National Poverty Center. She holds a joint-PhD from the University of Michigan in sociology and public policy and an MPP from the Ford School.

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Mel Stephens is professor of economics, with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. He serves as a research affiliate at the Population Studies Center and a faculty associate at the Survey Research Center, both within the Institute for Social Research. Stephens is also affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is currently a research associate. He also is a member of the Academic Research Council at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Stephens is a labor economist whose current research interests include consumption and savings, aging and retirement, education, the impact of local labor market fluctuations on household outcomes, and applied econometrics. He received his BA in economics and mathematics from the University of Maryland and his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. Maris A. Vinovskis is the Bentley Professor of History, a research professor at the Center for Political Studies in the Institute for Social Research, and a courtesy professor at the Ford School. He has authored or co-authored ten books, the most recent being From a Nation at Risk to No Child Left Behind: National Education Goals and the Creation of Federal Education Policy, as well as edited or co-edited seven books. Vinovskis was the research advisor to the assistant secretary of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) in both the Bush and Clinton Administrations. He was a member of the congressionally mandated independent review panel for the U.S. Department of Education for Goals 2000, as well as No Child Left Behind. Vinovskis is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, the International Academy of Education, and the American Educational Research Association, and is former president of the History of Education Society. He received his PhD in history from Harvard University. Alford A. Young, Jr. is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Sociology, with a joint appointment to the Department of African and African American Studies and a courtesy appointment as a professor of public policy at the Ford School. He has pursued research on low-income, urbanbased African Americans, employees at an automobile manufacturing plant, African American scholars and intellectuals, and the classroom-based experiences of higher-education faculty as they pertain to diversity and multiculturalism. He employs ethnographic interviewing as his primary data collection method. His objective in research on low-income African American men, his primary area of research, has been to argue for a renewed cultural sociology of the African American urban poor. Young received an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago.

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Postdoctoral Fellows Thomas Goldring is a postdoctoral fellow with the Ford School’s Education Policy Initiative. Goldring’s research is focused on the economics of education. His research interests include school finance, test-based accountability, and long-term educational outcomes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Cambridge and a master’s and doctorate in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Sarah Mills is a postdoctoral fellow at the Ford School’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP). She serves as project manager for the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) and the center’s Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative, contributes to planning for the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), and is continuing research looking at the impact of wind energy policy on rural communities. Mills holds a master’s degree in engineering for sustainable development from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University. She earned her PhD in urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan. Silvia Robles is a postdoctoral fellow with the Ford School’s Education Policy Initiative. Her research interests include the economics of education and labor studies. Her work focuses on the transition between high school and college and on barriers to higher education among underrepresented minority and low-income students in the U.S. Robles received a PhD in economics from Harvard University. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked for two years for Innovations for Poverty Action, implementing large-scale randomized trials of microcredit interventions in Peru. She is currently researching summer programs for under-represented students in STEM and for-profit charter schools in Michigan. Caroline Walsh is a postdoctoral fellow in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) program at the Ford School. Her research focuses on STEM education policy. She is interested in studying how to address gender and minority disparities in STEM fields through formal and informal science education and how to incorporate learning about the social dimensions of science and technology into science and engineering education. In addition to teaching the introduction to science, technology, and public policy course for undergraduates, Walsh functions as the STPP managing director, working to build and grow the program. A former U-M STPP student herself, Walsh holds an undergraduate degree from Smith College and a doctorate from the University of Michigan, both in neuroscience. Her dissertation research examined the function of microglia, the resident immune cells of the central nervous system, during nervous system development, using the zebrafish retina as a model.

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Visiting Faculty Dudley Benoit (MPP ‘95) is a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Ford School. As the director of community development finance at Santander Bank, Benoit is responsible for Santander’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) qualified lending and equity investing. Previously, Benoit served as a senior vice president leading JPMorgan Chase’s commercial real-estate multifamily lending business. Early in his career, he worked as a program manager at Seedco and MDRC. He currently serves as board chair and loan committee chair of New Jersey Community Capital, and as a board member with the Primary Care Development Corporation. Benoit holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Ford School and a master’s in business administration from Columbia University. Dale Giovengo is a U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. As a Foreign Service Specialist, he has held or managed numerous positions responsible for Embassy operations in France, Albania, Kuwait, Pakistan, Switzerland and Iraq. Giovengo most recently managed the Medical Services Support Iraq Program. As a human resources officer, financial management officer, management officer and contract officer representative, his cross section of experience has provided him with the knowledge of what it takes to make an Embassy work from day to day. He has been in a number of hardship postings including Iraq and Pakistan. Before joining the Department he had a successful thirty-six year career in the private sector in the retail industry. He earned his BA in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in leadership and ethics from Duquesne University. Hardy Vieux (MPP/JD ’97) is a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Ford School in Winter 2018. Vieux is the legal director of Human Rights First, an independent advocacy and action organization that uses American influence to protect human rights and the rule of law. Previously, Vieux served as a policy fellow in the Middle East, where he worked at Save the Children International in Amman, Jordan. Prior to living in the Middle East, he was in private legal practice in Washington, D.C., for over ten years. While in private practice, Vieux also handled numerous pro bono matters, ranging from litigation stemming from the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to juvenile detention impact litigation and asylum representation. In 2010, the D.C. Bar recognized him as its Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. Vieux serves on the board of directors of the National Military of Justice and the board of visitors of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Vieux is a 1997 graduate of the U-M Law School—serving as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law— and Ford School of Public Policy, where he earned his law and Master of Public Policy degrees.

Emeritus Faculty John R. Chamberlin is a Professor Emeritus of political science and public policy. His research interests include ethics and public policy, professional ethics, and methods of election and representation. He taught the core course “Values, Ethics, and Public Policy” at the Ford School, was the founding director of the Ford School’s BA in Public Policy program from 2007–2011, and served as director of U-M’s Center for Ethics in Public Life from 2008-2011. Chamberlin has a BS in industrial engineering from Lehigh University and a PhD in decision sciences from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

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Sandra Danziger is professor emerita of social work and research professor emerita of public policy. Her primary research interests are the effects of public programs and policies on the wellbeing of disadvantaged families, poverty policy and social service programs, demographic trends in child and family wellbeing, gender issues across the life course, program evaluation, and qualitative research methods. Her current research examines low-income families’ participation in public and private nonprofit programs and the role these programs play in addressing barriers to work, especially for single mothers. She is a co-investigator on the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study, and has helped evaluate a family support program provided by Starfish Family Services. She conducted an implementation study of Michigan’s Jobs, Education, and Training pilot projects and was principal investigator on the Women’s Employment Study. Sheldon Danziger is president of the Russell Sage Foundation, which supports research to “improve social and living conditions in the United States.” He is also the Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at the Ford School. He was director of the National Poverty Center and director of the Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy at the Ford School. Danziger is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, and the 2010 John Kenneth Galbraith fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Among his publications, he is the co-author of America Unequal (with Peter Gottschalk, 1995), Detroit Divided (with Reynolds Farley and Harry Holzer, 2001) and co-editor of Legacies of the War on Poverty (with Martha J. Bailey, 2013). Danziger received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. James S. House is the Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Survey Research, Public Policy, and Sociology. His research has focused on the role of social and psychological factors in the etiology and course of health and illness, including the role of psychosocial factors in understanding and alleviating social disparities in health and the way health changes with age. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. At the Ford School he has taught courses on the relation between socioeconomic policy and health policy. House has co-edited Making Americans Healthier: Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy (with Bob Schoeni of the Ford School and others) and A Telescope on Society: Survey Research & Social Science at the University of Michigan and Beyond. He recently published Beyond Obamacare: Life, Death, and Social Policy (Russell Sage Foundation 2015). He received his PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan. Marina v.N. Whitman is professor emerita of business administration and public policy. From 1979 until 1992 she was an officer of the General Motors Corporation, first as vice president and chief economist and later as vice president and group executive for public affairs. Prior to her appointment at GM, Whitman was a professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (1972-73), and as an independent director of several major multinational corporations. Whitman received her bachelor’s degree in government from Radcliffe College (now Harvard University) and her master’s and doctorate in economics from Columbia University. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honors, and awards, and holds honorary degrees from more than twenty colleges and universities. Her research interests include management of international trade and investment, and the changing role of multinational corporations, including the evolving concept of global corporate social responsibility (CSR). She is the author of The Martian’s Daughter: A Memoir (University of Michigan Press 2012).

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