PhD Program Faculty

Our PhD faculty is diverse in terms of disciplinary background and research interests. They share a strong commitment to applying social science theory and methods to the analysis of important public issues.

The faculty represents extraordinary quality and breadth of expertise in the social sciences, professional schools, and research institutes and centers at the University of Michigan. Our students have the opportunity to take courses from and to work with professors outside the Ford School and their home department as well.

Many faculty hold joint appointments in other schools, departments and institutes on campus including:

Architecture and Urban Planning


Complex Systems





Institute for Research on Women and Gender

Institute for Social Research

National Poverty Center

Natural Resources and Environment

Political Science

Population Studies



Social Work

Women’s Studies

Research Interests

Students at the Ford School will benefit from the faculty's different disciplinary approaches and interests in their courses and research.

Research interests of the faculty include:

• Aging
• Crime policy
• Disability
• Economic development
• Education
• Employment
• Environmental policy
• Health
• Human rights
• Immigration
• Information technology
• International economics
• International politics
• International trade
• Population policies
• Poverty and welfare
• Public management and
   organizational behavior
  Nonprofit organizations
• Nonprofit organizations
• Race and ethnicity
• Tax policy

Click here for more information about research activities at the Ford School.