Ford School leadership

The Ford School is led by Dean Michael Barr, Associate Dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Associate Dean Luke Shaefer, and senior staff in the areas of administration; communications and outreach; development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; graduate career services and alumni relations; and student and academic services. 


Michael Barr

Michael S. Barr

Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy

Michael Barr conducts research and writes about a wide range of issues in domestic and international financial regulation, with a particular emphasis on financial services for low-income communities. He served in President Barack H. Obama's Administration as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's assistant secretary for financial institutions, and was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Read more...


Celeste Watkins-Hayes headshot

Celeste Watkins-Hayes

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Celeste Watkins-Hayes is an author and educator widely credited for her research at the intersection of inequality, public policy, and institutions, with a special focus on urban poverty and race, class, and gender studies. Dr. Watkins-Hayes has published two books, numerous articles in journals and edited volumes, and pieces in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Chicago Magazine.  Read more...


Luke Shaefer

H. Luke Shaefer

Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement

Luke Shaefer serves as the inaugural director of Poverty Solutions, an interdisciplinary, presidential initiative at U-M that seeks to partner communities and policymakers to find new ways to prevent and alleviate poverty. Shaefer’s research on poverty and social welfare policy in the United States has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals in the fields of public policy, social work, public health, health services research, and history. Read more...

Senior staff

Marcella Brighton
Chief Administrative Officer

Susan Guindi
Director of Student and Academic Affairs

Susan D. Johnson
Director of Development

Laura K. Lee
Director of Communications

Jennifer Niggemeier
Director of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations

Stephanie Sanders
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer/Lecturer III