Greetings from the Dean - Feed October 2018

October 18, 2018

Dear friends:

New academic programs, a major new center for diplomacy work, and faculty making an impact on issues ranging from college student mid-term election turnout to European financial stability … As fall colors reach peak beauty in Ann Arbor, I’m pleased to pass along the latest news from the Ford School.

In a fall packed with exciting developments, the announcement of the Weiser Diplomacy Center was a highlight. With a $10 million gift from Ron and Eileen Weiser, we’ll create a major hub for the study of and promotion of diplomacy, enhancing international understanding and training outstanding leaders in the field.

In this edition of the Ford School feed, you can learn more, too, about our powerhouse new Master of Public Affairs program; alumni, please encourage colleagues and friends to consider applying! We’re pleased, as well, to announce the creation of five concentration areas within the Master of Public Policy degree. The five optional concentrations are Public Policy Analysis Methods, Public & Non-Profit Management, Social Policy, International Policy, and International Economic Development--all key strengths of our program.

Our faculty continue to shape and inform policy. Read about Luke Shaefer’s latest recognition, the work Edie Goldenberg is doing to improve voter turnout, and what Rick Hall and Brendan Nyhan had to say about the latest SCOTUS developments.

In student news, meet our impressive new cohort of David Bohnett Fellows and learn about our exciting new undergraduate study trip to Costa Rica.

Excited about the Ford School’s momentum? Alumni can and do play a big role in our work. Nominations are currently open for six open seats on our Alumni Board.

DC-area alumni, the Ford School will be headed your way twice in November. First, we’re holding an alumni reception in DC on November 9th. That reception is associated with the annual APPAM research conference, where I’ll serve on a panel that will explore the future of public policy education alongside the deans of the Kennedy School and the Wilson School. And on November 15-16, our Center for Finance, Law, and Policy will host a conference on regulation at the Treasury Department. I hope to see many of you at one or both of those events!

Best regards,



Michael S. Barr
Joan and Sanford Weill Dean, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy
Roy and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law
University of Michigan