Core faculty

Elisabeth R. Gerber

Jack L. Walker, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Director, Program for Practical Policy Engagement; Professor of Political Science (by courtesy); Research Associate, Center for Political Studies; Faculty Innovator in Residence, Center for Academic Innovation

Elisabeth R. Gerber is the Jack L. Walker, Jr. Professor of Public Policy and director of the Program for Practical Policy Engagement at the Ford School. Her 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 co-PI (with Jeffrey Morenoff) of the Detroit Metro Area Communities Study (DMACS), an ongoing public opinion panel survey of Detroit adults. She is also the faculty founder of ViewPoint, a software platform for creating, facilitating and participating in educational role-play simulations.

Educational Background

  • PhD in political science, University of Michigan (1991)
  • MA in political science, University of Michigan (1989)
  • BA in political science and economics, University of Michigan (1986)
    with High Honors and High Distinction

Professional Affiliations

  • Faculty Innovator in Residence, Center for Academic Innovation
  • Director, Program in Practical Policy Engagement, Ford School
  • Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research
  • Professor of Political Science (by courtesy)

Current Research

Gerber’s 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.

Recent Publications

  • "When Mayors Matter: Estimating the Impact of Mayoral Partisanship on City Policy," with Daniel Hopkins. American Journal of Political Science. 55:2, 326-339.
  • "Prospects for Expanding Regional Planning Efforts," with Carolyn Loh. 2011. Urban Studies.
  • "Balancing Regionalism and Localism: How Institutions and Incentives Shape American Transportation Policy," with Clark C. Gibson. 2009. American Journal of Political Science 53:3, 633-48.
  • "Explaining Horizontal and Vertical Cooperation in Michigan," with Jered B. Carr and Eric Lupher. 2009. In Sustaining Michigan. Richard W. Jelier and Gary Sands, editors. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. 207-36.