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Emeritus faculty

David K. Cohen

In memoriam - John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Education; Professor of Public Policy
In memoriam - David Cohen passed on 9/23, read a bit more about his impactful life. - David K. Cohen is the John Dewey Professor Emeritus of Education in the School of Education and professor emeritus of public policy at the Ford School. His research…
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

Brian P. McCall

Professor of Education; Professor of Public Policy and Economics (by courtesy)
Brian McCall is a professor of education, with courtesy appointments at the Ford School and Department of Economics. He is an economist whose research interests include applied econometrics, econometrics theory, economics of education and education…
Core faculty

James J. Duderstadt

President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering
James J. Duderstadt is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering. A graduate of Yale ('64 BSE in electrical engineering) and Caltech ('65 MS and '67 PhD in engineering science and physics), Duderstadt's teaching,…
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

Edie N. Goldenberg

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Goldenberg is a close observer of the electoral process. Her research interests include voting turnout of college students, and in 2017 she founded a Michigan group called Turn Up Turnout (TUT). She served as dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts from 1989-98 and is the founding director of the Michigan in Washington Program.
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

Katherine Michelmore

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Michelmore is a leading scholar and educator on the social safety net, education policy, labor economics, and economic demography. She is a recognized expert on the efficacy of the Earned Income Tax Credit and its impact on children.
Core faculty

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.
Core faculty

Megan Tompkins-Stange

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Tompkins-Stange is a scholar of education policy and philanthropy, focusing on the influence of private foundations on the politics of K-12 school reform.
Core faculty

Janet A. Weiss

Mary C. Bromage Collegiate Professor of Business; Professor of Public Policy
Weiss does research on policies to improve the leadership and management of public and nonprofit agencies. Weiss founded the Nonprofit and Public Management Center, and is currently the faculty director of the Nonprofit Board Fellowship program. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
PhD Students

Elizabeth Burland

Elizabeth is a Ph.D. student in sociology and public policy. Her research interests are in the intersection of poverty, social inequality, and education policy. Previously, Elizabeth spent a year working at the Institute for Public Administration at…
PhD Students

Jared Eno

Jared is interested in issues of poverty and inequality, especially the role of education in social stratification; the role of research in public policy; and quantitative methodology. After completing his MPP at University of Michigan, he worked at…
PhD Students

Shawn Martin

Shawn Martin is a Ph.D candidate in Economics and Public Policy and a fellow in the Predoctoral Training Program in Causal Inference in Education Policy Research. She studies the labor market outcomes of college graduates and differences by the…
PhD Students

Stephanie Owen

Stephanie Owen is a PhD candidate in Economics and Public Policy and is on the job market in 2020-21. She studies the economics of education and is interested in interventions and policies with the potential to address inequities along various…
PhD Students

Brittany Vasquez

Brittany Vasquez is a PhD student in Public Policy & Sociology with broad interests in education policy, stratification, and quantitative methods. She is a fellow in Causal Inference in Education Policy Research with the Education Policy Initiative,…
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Alumni spotlight

Ammara Ansari (MPP ‘19) serves Detroit youth through evaluation

Jul 14, 2021
Ammara Ansari (MPP ‘19) never imagined working on youth education and wellness policy or conducting evaluations—but in a joint fellowship with The Skillman Foundation and the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF), that is exactly what she’s doing....
In the Media

Stevenson explains 'double-whammy' for low-income households

Jul 6, 2021 CNN Business
Lower-income students are already more likely to be behind in school than their higher-income peers, but the COVID-19 pandemic worsened that gap. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, explained how the pandemic hit lower-income...
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Education Policy Initiative's report gains more traction

Jul 6, 2021
The Education Policy Initiative's recent report, "Historic Crisis, Historic Opportunity: Using Evidence to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Young Children and Early care and Education Programs," has gained more traction in the media,...
In the Media

Dynarski testifies on tax reform

Jun 30, 2021 Inside Higher Ed
On Tuesday, Susan Dynarski, professor of public policy, education and economics, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on how current tax benefits aren't reaching the students they are meant to help. “The education tax benefits...
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Bentley gift bolsters MPP internships

Jun 28, 2021
Thanks to a generous gift from Ann Bentley and the Alvin M. Bentley Foundation in 2020 and in 2021, 10 MPP students were able to secure required summer internships without worrying about costs or income.  “Funding support enables Ford School...
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Tribute to Susan Dynarski as she departs the Ford School

Jun 23, 2021
Since 2008, Sue Dynarski has been one of the Ford School's most active faculty working to reform public education, fighting for educational equity and inclusiveness, and training the next generation of education policy experts. She has taught...