Ford School impact

The research done at the Ford School is rigorous, innovative, and impactful. Our scholars and students build knowledge while also making a real difference in the world. It's an exciting place to be.

H. Luke Shaefer, associate dean for academic affairs


From cradle through career, education programs exist to help children and youth learn, grow, and succeed in school and in life. But how do decision makers know which interventions work? How can their investments address institutional and systemic...
Our community recognizes the urgent global climate crisis and is working on interdisciplinary policy solutions rooted in community engagement, economics, political science, psychology, and urban planning. 
Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are leading the charge on public policy responses to and analysis of the COVID-19 crisis.
Our faculty think, speak out, and teach about structural inequality–about differential outcomes and experiences for Black people and other marginalized populations in education, policing, health, economics, finance, and other key...
We tackle critical challenges that support the people of Detroit and its surrounding communities.
The Ford School's Weiser Diplomacy Center has made the University of Michigan a leading, dynamic hub for engagement with the foreign policy community and a national leader in international policy education.

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