Sheldon Danziger has been appointed the Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

August 16, 2005

The Gerald Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
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Distinguished University Professors are the highest honor the University can bestow on a faculty member. They recognize exceptional scholarly achievement, national and international reputation, and superior teaching skills. The appointment will remain in effect during his active service at Michigan.

Professor Danziger has been a catalyst for multi-disciplinary research on the effects of social policies and economic and demographic changes on the trend in poverty and income inequality in the United States. He is a prolific author of books, edited conference volumes, and journal articles including, America Unequal; Detroit Divided; Understanding Poverty; Securing the Future: Investing in Children From Birth To College; and Uneven Tides: Rising Inequality in America.

Sheldon is also an accomplished mentor who gives enormous time and energy to his current and former students. He regularly teaches a seminar for MPP students and since 1988 has served on 45 dissertation committees. Twenty-nine post-doctoral scholars, many from minority groups, have been supported by the Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy, a program he has directed since 1989.

Danziger is also the co-director of The National Poverty Center and Research Professor at the Population Studies Center and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robert Axelrod, the Arthur W. Bromage Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, at the Ford School also holds this title.

Danziger will deliver a Distinguished University Professor lecture to inaugurate the position. The lecture date is tentatively scheduled for February 21, 2006 in the Rackham Amphitheatre.

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