Core faculty

David E. Thacher

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning

David Thacher is associate professor of public policy and urban planning at the University of Michigan. His research draws from philosophy, history, and the interpretive social sciences to develop and apply a humanistic approach to policy research. Most of his work has focused on policing, including studies of police order maintenance, the role of knowledge in police innovation, and the transformation of police authority in 19th and 20th century America. He is currently studying the police response to people with psychiatric and cognitive disabilities. David received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Learn more on Thacher's personal site.

Educational background

  • PhD in public policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1999)