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Emeritus faculty

Mary E. Corcoran

Professor Emeritus
Mary E. Corcoran is a professor emerita of public policy, political science, and women's studies. Her research focuses on the effects of gender and race discrimination on economic status and earnings, and on professional women's career trajectories.…
Emeritus faculty

Paul N. Courant

Edward M Gramlich Distinguished University Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Economics; Professor of Information
Courant has authored half a dozen books and more than six dozen papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy. More recently, his academic work has focused on economic and policy questions relating to universities, libraries and archives, and the effects of new information technologies and other disruptions on scholarship, scholarly publication, and academic libraries.
Faculty by courtesy

Amanda Kowalski

Gail Wilensky Professor of Applied Economics and Public Policy
Amanda Kowalski is the Gail Wilensky Professor of Economics and Public Policy, with her primary appointment in the U-M Department of Economics and a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. A health economist, she specializes in bringing together…
Adjunct faculty

Neel Hajra

Lecturer in Public Policy
Neel Hajra is a lecturer at the Ford School, where he has taught for over a decade. He is currently the CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF), which under his leadership has received national and local awards for its innovative work,…
Adjunct faculty

John Hieftje

Lecturer in Public Policy
John Hieftje, Ann Arbor’s longest serving mayor (2000-14), is a lecturer at the Ford School. In 2001 he initiated a long-term drive for greater efficiency that prepared the city for the Great Recession. Hieftje championed the successful Greenbelt…
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.
Core faculty

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.
Core faculty

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.
Core faculty

Richard L. Hall

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Hall’s research interests focus on American national politics. He has studied participation and representation in Congress, campaign finance reform, congressional oversight, issue advertising, health politics, and health policy. He is currently writing a book on interest group lobbying and the role of political money in Congressional policy making.
Core faculty

Catherine Hausman

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Hausman is an environmental and energy economist, and some of her recent areas of research include electricity markets and climate change; inequality in pollution exposure; and the natural gas sector's role in methane leaks. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research.
Core faculty

Joshua Hausman

Associate Professor of Public Policy; Associate Professor of Economics (by courtesy)
Hausman’s research interests are in economic history and macroeconomics with a focus on the U.S. economy in the 1930s and the Japanese economy today. He is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Core faculty

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.
Core faculty

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.
Core faculty

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…
Core faculty

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.
Core faculty

Jeffrey D. Morenoff

Professor of Public Policy and Sociology; Director, Population Studies Center
Morenoff's research interests include neighborhood environments, inequality, crime and criminal justice, the social determinants of health, racial/ethnic/immigrant disparities in health and antisocial behavior, and methods for analyzing multilevel and spatial data.
Core faculty

Natasha Pilkauskas

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Pilkauskas' research considers how social policy might improve the developmental and life trajectories of low-income children. She has looked at living arrangements of low-income children, especially those who live with grandparents, as well as the role of family/kin transfers in helping families make ends meet; links between maternal employment and school outcomes; the effectiveness of the Earned Income Tax Credit; and the effects of the Great Recession on low-income households.
Core faculty

Kaitlin T. Raimi

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Raimi is a social psychologist focused on climate change beliefs and policy support. She studies how people compare themselves to others, how adopting one pro-environmental behavior affects later action, and how communication affects understanding and support for climate policy and technology.
Core faculty

Charles R. Shipan

J. Ira and Nicki Harris Professor of Social Sciences
Shipan is a professor of social science and has written numerous articles and book chapters on political institutions and public policy. He is currently engaged in a comparative study of antismoking laws in the U.S. and Switzerland, an assessment of the president's ability to change policy, and an examination of the effects of bipartisanship on public policy.
Core faculty

David E. Thacher

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning
As an associate professor of public policy and urban planning, Thacher’s research draws from philosophy, history, and the interpretive social sciences to develop and apply a humanistic approach to policy research. Most of his work has focused on criminal justice policy, where he has undertaken studies of order maintenance policing, the local police role in homeland security, community policing reform, the distribution of safety and security, prisoner re-entry, and criminal justice discretion.
Core faculty

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.
In the Media

Stevenson explains boom in low-wage labor demand

Jul 20, 2021 The New York Times
As the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for low-wage labor has spiked, and along with it, wages. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, laid out exactly what is happening in the economy. “What’s happening...
In the Media

Shaefer on why Child Tax Credit program will work

Jul 19, 2021 The New York Times
Last week, the first installment of the expanded Child Tax Credit program dropped into bank accounts. Many experts, including Luke Shaefer, Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy and inaugural director of Poverty...
In the Media

Shaefer salutes arrival of first expanded child tax credit funds

Jul 13, 2021 WXYZ Detroit
Checks for the recently expanded child tax credit program will be sent out this week. Luke Shaefer, the Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy, associate dean for research and policy engagement, and director of Poverty...