Faculty News - Spring 2020 State & Hill

May 22, 2020

Javed Ali wrote or co-authored multiple op-eds published by The Hill. He also appeared as a frequent commentator on MSNBC. Topics ranged from U.S. national security to crises in the Middle East.

John Ayanian, inaugural Director of U-M’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, is the founding editor of JAMA Health Forum, a new digital platform devoted to health policy and health system innovation.

Michael S. Barr published a chapter titled “Crisis-era housing programs,” on responses to the 2008 financial crisis in First Responders, edited by Bernanke, Geithner, and Paulson. Barr was appointed co-chair of the University of Michigan’s Presidential Debate Initiative, and he organized a conference on Central Banks of the Future in October 2019.


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Susan Collins

Susan M. Collins was approved by the U-M Regents in March as the University of Michigan's Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, after having served in an acting capacity since February. She was also elected to serve a 5-year term as a member of the NBER Board of Directors, beginning in January 2020.

Susan Dynarski was named one of nine inaugural recipients of the University of Michigan Distinguished Diversity & Social Transformation Professorship because of her significant contributions to reducing socioeconomic and racial inequalities in education.

Ren Farley’s essay “The Importance of Census 2020 and the Challenges of Getting a Complete Count,” on how Congress will use the results of Census 2020, was featured in the Harvard Data Science Review and Boston-based online news magazine, The Conversation.

In November 2019, Edie Goldenberg received the Standout Faculty Award at the national All In Campus Democracy Challenge awards held in Washington D.C. for her “outstanding contributions to improving college democratic engagement” based on her work in fostering the Big Ten Voting Challenge.

Catherine Hausman’s research titled “Inequality, Information Failures, and Air Pollution” was published in the National Bureau of Economic Research, Environment and Energy Program. The working paper was co-authored with S. Stolper of U-M’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS).


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Yazier Henry

Yazier Henry joined the U-M’s Wallenberg Legacy Committee, which honors Raoul Wallenberg’s (BA ‘35) humanitarian values with a medal award and accompanying public lecture, student fellowships, and summer travel awards.

Paula Lantz published an article, “Moving Upstream to Improve Children's Mental Health Through Community and Policy Change”, with her son, Alex Dopp, in the Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research journal. She also served on the National Academies of Medicine panel to propose a new set of “leading health indicators” for the United States.

In 2019, Stephanie Leiser launched the Local Fiscal Health project through CLOSUP and in partnership with the Michigan State University Extension Center for Local Government Finance & Policy and the Michigan Department of Treasury. Stephanie is currently working with partners to develop a method to collect local government financial data to promote transparency and better diagnose fiscal stress.

Brian McCall co-authored “Employment and Job Search Implications of the Extended Weeks and Working While on Claim Pilot Initiatives," with Stephanie Lluis in Canadian Public Policy, Canada’s foremost journal examining economic and social policy. The article was recognized as the 2019 Vanderkamp Prize runner-up for Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques.

In February, Shobita Parthasarathy was a panelist at the National Academy of Sciences symposium on “the future of science in the U.S. and how it can best serve society in the 21st century.” Parthasarathy also co-authored “Colleges Must Play a Role in Bridging Ethics and Technology” with D. H. Guston in the October 2019 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Natasha Pilkauskas’ paper, "Multiple job holding and mental health among low-income mothers" was published in Women's Health Issues and won the Editors Choice Award for best article in the issue. In February, Natasha and Katherine Michelmore were awarded a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to analyze the extent to which Earned Income Tax Credit expansions have affected the job quality and long-term employment of unmarried single mothers.

Daniel Raimi co-authored “Florida Climate Outlook: Assessing Physical and Economic Impacts through 2040” for Resources for the Future, an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. His research “Partisanship and proximity predict opposition to fracking in Colorado,” was accepted and will appear in the June 2020 volume of Energy Research & Social Science.

In 2019, Kaitlin Raimi published three papers: “General belief superiority (GBS): Personality, motivation, and interpersonal relations” in Self and identity with K. P. Jongman-Sereno; “Framing of Geoengineering Affects Support for Climate Change Mitigation” in Environmental Communication with A. Maki, D. Dana & Michael P. Vandenbergh; and “The Aversion to Tampering with Nature (ATN) Scale: Individual Differences in (Dis)comfort with Altering the Natural World” in Risk Analysis with K. S. Wolske, P. Sol Hart, and V. Campbell-Arvai.

Kevin Stange co-authored a book, Productivity in Higher Education (November 2019, University of Chicago Press). Stange also consulted with the Education Directorate of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

In October, Macmillan Learning published a two-part textbook by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers. The new text, Principles of Economics, employs real-life examples written in a familiar way to help students develop economic intuition and make economics a living, breathing subject.

Ali Webb co-authored “Voices from the Field: 6 Leadership Imperatives for Philanthropy, Centered on Racial Equity,” in Nonprofit Quarterly

Janet Weiss is chairing a National Academy of Public Administration panel that is advising the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on registration of and policies for consumer drone use in the U.S. to maintain safety in the national airspace. The panel is concentrating on small drones, which have proliferated in recent years.

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Dean Yang

In 2019, Dean Yang co-authored a working paper “Subsidies and the African Green Revolution: Direct Effects and Social Network Spillovers of Randomized Input Subsidies in Mozambique” with M. Carter and R. Laajaj that was published in the National Bureau of Economic Research, Development Economics Program.

H. Luke Shaefer was promoted by the U-M Regents to full professor in March, and was named the inaugural Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy. The Kohn Professorship was established in January 2019 with a generous gift from Harold L. Kohn and Carol K. Kohn, in honor of Mr. Kohn’s grandparents. The professorship will support a leading faculty member who, through scholarly and applied research, is giving voice to the disadvantaged in society and fighting for the rights of all people, regardless of position in society. Luke will deliver the Kohn Lecture on October 29, 2020. In November, Luke was named special counselor to the director of Michigan’s Department of Health & Human Services on anti-poverty and economic mobility initiatives.

Below is a formatted version of this article from State & Hill, the magazine of the Ford School. View the entire Spring 2020 State & Hill.