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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, Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy


Urgent questions at the intersection of science, technology, and public policy are shaping nearly every aspect of our society. Science and technology policies shape transportation, communication, public safety, social services, and much...
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 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.  
Free speech. The exchange of ideas. Fair and free elections. Democratic institutions. These are fundamental aspects of our democracy, and they require work, reform, and commitment to uphold them.  Our community is engaged deeply in the issues of the...

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