Education policy

State & Hill, fall 2022
View/download PDF
Celeste Watkins-Hayes
Celeste Watkins-Hayes

Greetings from Ann Arbor!

It’s been my great honor–and a lot of fun–to serve as interim dean of the Ford School, an outstanding community dedicated to the public good. This edition of State & Hill focuses on education policy—the research, people, and politics that shape student outcomes in the classroom and beyond.

Read more from Interim Dean Watkins-Hayes


Education policy at the Ford School

Interdisciplinary, rigorous, and committed to real world impact and to mentoring: the Ford School has one of the strongest education policy programs in the country. How did we get there? S&H asked the scholar at the front of the class, economist Brian A. Jacob.
Read more
Education Policy

Dot to dot

Education Policy Initiative's data clearinghouse connects researchers and policymakers
Read more
Education Policy

COVID-19, schools, and childcare

Education researchers look for answers
Read more
Education Policy

An economic eye on ed equity

Matsudaira (PhD '05) named U.S. DOE's first ever chief economist
Read more
Education Policy

Data for good

Youth Policy Lab's data and policy fellow expands college opportunity in Michigan
Read more

In addition

The Ford School and the Fed

Connections at the center of monetary policy
Read more

Ivacko on the state of our democracy

CLOSUP checks in with local government officials
Read more

Meet Interim Dean Watkins-Hayes

Distinguished sociologist, award-winning author, proven leader
Read more
Ford School in photos

Student internships around the world

Many internships returned to in-person or hybrid modalities this summer, taking Fordies back around the world to work with nonprofits and NGOs, governments and agencies, and consulting firms and businesses—applying the skills and knowledge they’ve learned here at the Ford School in real time.

Support student internships by making a gift to the Graduate Internship Fund or Undergraduate Internship and Travel Fund at
View the photos

Diversity, equity, and inclusion highlights

The Ford School is hard at work on interim priorities as the university prepares for its next big strategic plan
Read more

New fellowship support in Michael Barr’s name

Recipients are provided two years of full tuition, a stipend, and health and dental care
Read more

National recognition for Niggemeier, summer leadership coaching

The coaching program won third prize in the Voinovich Public Innovation Challenge at NASPAA
Read more


Fordies in the news: Midterm election edition
Read more


Highlights from Policy Talks @ the Ford School
Read more

Faculty Findings

Governing, the EITC, and the police footprint
Read more

Connect with us

Stay connected. Get Ford School news, research, and more straight to your inbox and on your social media feed.
State & Hill logotype

Dean: Celeste Watkins-Hayes; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Luke Shaefer; Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement: John Ciorciari; Director of Communications/Executive Editor: Laura K. Lee (MPP ’96); Art lead: Nicholas Pfost (MPP ’15); Editor and writer: Rebecca Cohen (MPP ’09); Contributors: Deborah Holdship, Thomas Ivacko (MPA ‘93), Shaun Manning, Daniel Rivkin, George Spencer, Miriam Wasserman; Class Notes Editor: Elisabeth Johnston; Photographers: Austin Thomason, Scott Soderberg, Daryl Marshke, Peter Smith, Travis Vernon Scott; Design: Savitski Design; Printer: University Lithoprinters, Inc.

Tell us what you think

[email protected] or
State & Hill editor
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
735 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091

Top/cover photo

Aad Goudappel / The iSpot