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John R. Chamberlin

Professor Emeritus of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
John R. Chamberlin is a professor emeritus of political science and public policy. His research interests include ethics and public policy, professional ethics, and methods of election and representation. He taught the core course "Values, Ethics,…
Emeritus faculty

Carl P. Simon

Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Mathematics; Professor of Complex Systems
Carl P. Simon is professor emeritus of mathematics, economics, complex systems, and public policy. He was the founding director of the U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems and a former director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy…
Faculty by courtesy

Stephen DesJardins

Professor of Education; Professor of Public Policy (by courtesy)
Stephen DesJardins is the Marvin W. Peterson Collegiate Professor of Education, with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. He is also affiliated with the University College-London. Steve teaches courses related to public policy, economics, and…
Faculty by courtesy

Daniel E. Little

Professor of Sociology; Professor of Public Policy (by courtesy); Chancellor Emeritus, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Daniel Little is a professor of sociology at UM-Ann Arbor, with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School and research appointments in the Center for Chinese Studies, ICPSR, and the Center for Complex Systems. The former chancellor of UM-Dearborn,…
Faculty by courtesy

Melvin Stephens

Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Economics; Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center; Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center
Mel Stephens is professor of economics, with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. He serves as a research affiliate at the Population Studies Center and a faculty associate at the Survey Research Center, both within the Institute for Social…
Core faculty

Alan V. Deardorff

John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics; Professor of Public Policy
Deardorff’s research focuses on international trade. With Bob Stern, he developed the Michigan Model of World Production and Trade, which has been used to estimate the effects of trade agreements. He is also doing theoretical work in international trade and trade policy. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Labor, State, and Treasury and to international organizations including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Bank.
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Kathryn M. Dominguez

Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Dominguez researches topics in international financial markets and macroeconomics. She has written widely on foreign exchange rate behavior and is the author of two books on exchange rates. A research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research,she is also a member of the Panel of Economic Advisers at the Congressional Budget Office, the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board, and the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
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Susan M. Dynarski

Professor of Public Policy, Education, and Economics; Co-Director, Education Policy Initiative
Dynarski's education policy research focuses on the effectiveness of charter schools, the optimal design of financial aid, the price elasticity of private school attendance, the relationship between postsecondary schooling and labor market outcomes, and the effect of high school reforms on academic achievement and educational attainment. She serves as co-director of the Education Policy Initiative and is a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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Elisabeth R. Gerber

Jack L. Walker, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Public Policy
Gerber’s research focuses on regionalism and intergovernmental cooperation, sustainable development, urban climate adaptation, transportation policy, community and economic development, local fiscal capacity, and local political accountability.
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Ben Green

Assistant Professor/Postdoctoral Scholar
Green studies the social and political impacts of government algorithms. His book, The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future, was published in 2019 by MIT Press.
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Robert C. Hampshire

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Hampshire develops and applies operations research, data science, and systems approaches to public and private service industries. His research focuses on the management and policy analysis of emerging networked industries and innovative mobility services such as smart parking, connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, ride-hailing, bike sharing, and car sharing. He has worked extensively with both public and private sector partners worldwide.
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Jonathan K. Hanson

Lecturer in Statistics for Public Policy
Hanson is a specialist in comparative political economy and political development. He examines the ways in which, and the channels through which, political institutions affect economic performance and human development. In his recent projects, he has explored whether democracy and state capacity complement or substitute for each other for improving human development, and why authoritarian regimes vary significantly in economic and social outcomes, among other topics.
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Yazier Henry

Lecturer in Public Policy
Henry has written and published on the political economy of social voice, memory, trauma, identity, peace processes, Truth Commissions, international transitional justice and international humanitarian law. His research and writing projects focus on how structural and administrative violence come to be institutionalized during post-colonial transitions. His current work is on the discourse of human rights, structural violence and the politics of official voice.
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Brian A. Jacob

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy; Professor of Public Policy, Economics, and Education
Jacob is co-director of the Youth Policy Lab. His primary fields of interest are labor economics, program evaluation, and the economics of education. Jacob's current research focuses on urban school reform, with a particular emphasis on standards and accountability initiatives.
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Paula Lantz

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy
Lantz is the associate dean for academic affairs. A social demographer, she studies the role of public policy in improving population health and reducing social disparities in health. Lantz is currently engaged in research regarding the potential for and challenges associated with using social impact bonds to fund public/private partnerships aimed at improving health in low-income populations, including Medicaid beneficiaries.
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John Leahy

Allen Sinai Professor of Macroeconomics
John Leahy is the Allen Sinai Professor of Macroeconomics–a joint appointment between the Ford School and the Department of Economics–and the director of the Ford School's joint PhD program. Much of his work considers the psychological side of…
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Ann C. Lin

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Lin teaches courses on public policy implementation, gender and politics, qualitative research methods, and immigration. She studies policy implementation: the provisions that make policy easy or difficult to implement, the beliefs and behavior of people who implement policies, and the reactions of those who are targeted by policy. She is currently studying immigration policies, such as guestworker programs and legalization, and the political beliefs of American immigrants.
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Kevin Stange

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Stange's research lies broadly in empirical labor and public economics, with a focus on education and health care. His prior research includes studies of college enrollment and persistence, the effect of resources and peers on community college students, the importance of amenities in college choice, and the effects of different pricing structures on major choice and student credit load.
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Justin Wolfers

Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Wolfers is an economist with broad policy-related interests and experience. He is also affiliated with the NBER, Brookings and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is a contributing columnist for the New York Times and host of the “Think Like An Economist” podcast. He is a popular teacher and author of a leading economics textbook.
Core faculty

Alton Worthington

Lecturer in Public Policy
Alton Worthington is a lecturer in public policy at the Ford School, where he teaches on statistical computing and data visualization. His core research is on topics of international political economy, with a focus on the intersection of global…
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Kalena Thomhave (MPP ‘21) awarded the Eckstein Prize

May 10, 2021
Recent Ford School graduate Kalena Thomhave (MPP ‘21) is the 2021 winner of the Eckstein Prize for Interdisciplinary Research for her comprehensive analysis of the challenges faced by the U.S. Unemployment Insurance (UI) system during the...
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Pilkauskas wins 2020 IPUMS Research Award

Apr 28, 2021
Natasha Pilkauskas' research on "Historical Trends in Children Living in Multigenerational Households in the United States: 1870–2018" has been selected as the 2020 winner of the IPUMS Research Award.  Pilkauskas and her co-authors used decennial...
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Robert Hampshire appointed chief science officer at USDOT

Apr 23, 2021
Robert Hampshire will serve as the U.S. Department of Transportation's chief science officer, a role that has not been filled in more than 40 years. He was appointed assistant secretary for research and technology for the department, and will advise...
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Ford School recognized again as the #1 program in social policy

Mar 30, 2021
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan is recognized again as one of America’s top graduate programs in public affairs, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. According to the rankings, based...