Our award-winning Ford School faculty are regularly recognized for their achievements and contributions to research and teaching. Below are some of their honors.
Rabe's body of work constitutes the reading list on how various government entities and political constituencies have grappled with addressing environmental problems through development and implementation of creative policy solutions."Susan Tierney, former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy
Notable 2022-2023 awards
- Ford School emeritus professor Robert Axelrod was awarded the 2022 Boris Mints Institute (BMI) Prize. In its citation, the Institute noted his ground-breaking work in applying game theory to conflict resolution. As part of the prize, Axelrod was able to direct $100,000 to a research institute of his choice. He graciously named the Ford School's International Policy Center.
- Paul Courant was named the 2022 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity.
- Amanda Kowalski received the Willard G. Manning Memorial Award for the Best Research in Health Econometrics from the American Society of Health Economics (ASHEcon).
- Professor Earl Lewis, founding director of the Center for Social Solutions and Ford School faculty, was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Joe Biden during a White House ceremony on March 21. He is the first U-M faculty member to receive this prestigious award.
- Writing instructor Molly Spencer’s poetry collection, Invitatory, was selected as a 2022 New Measure Poetry Prize Winner.
- Betsey Stevenson was awarded one of two 2022 presidential awards for public engagement, the President’s Award for National and State Leadership.
Notable 2021-2022 awards
- The Board of Regents has extended a rare Regents’ Citation of Honor to Susan M. Collins for her dedication and service to the university as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs
- Ben Green's paper, “The Flaws of Policies Requiring Human Oversight of Government Algorithms,” received the Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award, which highlights researchers tackling questions about how individuals and society relate to technology and data. Green was also named as a non-resident fellow with the Center for Democracy & Technology and received the Future of Privacy Forum's Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award.
- Betsey Stevenson was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Social Insurance for her outstanding contributions to social insurance and related policy areas.
- Associate Dean Luke Shaefer was awarded one of two 2021 presidential awards for public engagement for his work on the expanded Child Tax Credit and his dedication to leveraging research to help communities and advance social policy.
- Associate Dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes and Education Policy Initiative faculty affiliate Deborah Rivas-Drake were named among five inaugural Research and Community Impact Fellows through the National Center for Institutional Diversity's Anti-Racism Collaborative.
- Brian Jacob and Christina Weiland are among four U-M scholars listed on the 2022 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence rankings.
- Dean Yang was recognized for his recruitment of graduate students, creating a rigorous and supportive environment for student scholarship and research, and advancing and enriching students’ long-term professional development with the Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award.
Notable 2020-2021 awards
- John Ayanian was awarded the 2020-21 Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research mentoring award for his dedication and contributions to the scientific research careers of their students, fellows, and trainees.
- Dean Michael Barr was elected as a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow and appointed APSIA Executive Committee Secretary and Treasurer.
- Jenna Bednar served as a Stanford University CASBS Fellow. The program brings together deep thinkers from diverse disciplines and communities to advance understanding of the full range of human beliefs, behaviors, interactions, and institutions.
- The Heinz Family Foundation honored William (Bill) Bynum, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Ford School, as one of six recipients of the 26th Heinz Awards. This prestigious award recognizes his "outstanding contributions of those who are changing our world for the better."
- The Ford School won the APSIA innovation in international programming award for its Student-Initiated Projects (SIPs) and Extended Research Projects (ERPs).
- Ford School PhD Student Jane Furey won the American Educational Research Asosociation award for excellence in education research. The award was for her article, “What Happens When You Combine High School and College? The Impact of the Early College Model on Postsecondary Performance and Completion.”
- Liz Gerber was named as a Center for Academic Innovation Faculty Innovator in Residence. She began to work with CAI experts and with faculty partners committed to innovating education through learning innovation and design, educational technology, and educational data and research.
- Rick Hall received the American Political Science Assocation (APSA) Samuel J. Eldersveld Career Achievement Award, which recognizes a scholar whose lifetime professional work has made an outstanding contribution to the field, and the APSA Excellence in Mentoring Award. He also received APSA's 2020 Barbara Sinclair Career Award.
- Morela Hernandez was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Award, one of eight people highlighted from around the world for their work around leadership.
- Brian Jacob received the U-M's Rackham Distinguished Faculty Award for his empirically rigorous and policy-relevant research and for being the first to apply new causal inference tools from economics to education to pinpoint drivers of educational outcomes and student success.
- John Leahy was named an Econometric Society Fellow. Leahy was nominated by his peers, and is only one of three fellows ever elected from the University of Michigan.
- Shobita Parthasarathy received U-M's Rackham Faculty Recognition Award for her work at the intersection of equity, ethical, environmental and health dimensions of technology.
- Natasha Pilkauskas received the IPUMS Research Award for her research on "Historical Trends in Children Living in Multigenerational Households in the United States: 1870–2018."
- Poverty Solutions won the NASPAA 2020 Social Equity Award, which honors a program that exemplifies the highest standards in social equity through outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and service.
- Barry Rabe won the NASPAA Distinguished Research Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the field of environmental policy and practice. His co-authored book, Trump, the Administrative Presidency, and Federalism won the Louis Brownlow Award from the National Academy of Public Administration.
- Joy Rohde was selected as a 2020-2021 scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, where she will write a book that locates the history of big data policy interventions in the years after World War II.
- Luke Shaefer was awarded the Carnegie Fellowship in May 2020. He will receive $200,000 in philanthropic support for his project, Understanding Communities of Deep Disadvantage. Luke will also receive the 2021 President’s Award for Public Impact.
- Charles Shipan received the Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award.
- Molly Spencer was named an Institute for the Humanities Summer Faculty Fellow. Her second poetry collection, Hinge, was co-winner of the 2019 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.
- Celeste Watkins-Hayes was honored with the American Sociological Association (ASA) Distinguished Scholarly Book Award. Her book was also named co-winner of the 2020 ASA Sociology of Sex and Gender Distinguished Book Award and winner of the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the ASA’s Medical Sociology Section. Last fall, Celeste was named a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor.
- Dean Yang has been honored with the Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award by the Rackham Graduate School.