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Emeritus faculty

Carl P. Simon

Professor Emeritus of Public Policy, Mathematics, and Complex Systems
Simon was the founding director of the U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems. His research centers on the dynamics of covid-19, of crime, of teenage smoking, and of Great Lakes salmon. He was named the 2007 LSA Distinguished Senior Lecturer.
Postdoctoral fellow

Joshua Basseches

Postdoctoral fellow
Basseches studies the politics of climate and energy policy in the U.S. states. He examines the roles of business interests, environmental and consumer advocacy organizations, and state-level policymakers in shaping the content of the policies that have emerged.
Faculty by courtesy

Arun Agrawal

Samuel Trask Dana Professor of Governance and Sustainability
Arun Agrawal, PhD, is the Samuel Trask Dana Professor of Governance and Sustainability at the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. Agrawal emphasizes the politics of international development,…
Faculty by courtesy

Pamela Jagger

Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainability; Associate Professor of Public Policy (by courtesy)
Pam Jagger is an associate professor at the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. She is an applied political economist whose research focuses on the dynamics of poverty and environment…
Adjunct faculty

Daniel Raimi

Lecturer in Public Policy
Daniel Raimi is a fellow at Resources for the Future and a lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He works on a range of energy policy issues with a focus on tools to enable an equitable energy…
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

Barry Rabe

J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy
Rabe examines the political feasibility and durability of environmental and energy policy, with a particular emphasis on efforts to address climate change in the U.S. and other federal systems. His most recent books examine the politics of carbon pricing and the limitations of unilateral executive branch policy actions. Current research explores the politics of intensive but short-lived greenhouse gases, such as methane and HFCs. Recent policy engagement includes work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Interior, the Department of Commerce, and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
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.
PhD Students

Theodor Kulczycki

Theo is getting his PhD in Public Policy & Economics. His research interests include the economic impacts of climate change, labor and health aspects of migration, and development economics. He has previously worked for the Climate Impact Lab and the…

Faculty expertise

Poverty and inequality. Trade and economic development. Health and human security. Energy and the environment.  Alongside their critical work as teachers and mentors, Ford School faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized experts...
News

Rabe on the current political climate for environmental policy

Oct 5, 2021
In a flurry of articles in E&E News, Barry Rabe commented on the state of environmental policy as Congress weighs climate measures in the reconciliation bill, the Environmental Protection Agency writes power plant regulations, and midwestern states...
News

Rabe honored with NASPAA Distinguished Research Award

Sep 28, 2021
The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) has awarded Barry Rabe, the Ford School’s J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, the 2021 NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished...
News

Penny Naas on trade, resilience, equity and the environment

Sep 27, 2021
Penny Naas (MPP '93) is President, International Affairs and Sustainability, at UPS. She spoke with Economics professor Betsey Stevenson in a policy talk, Business and government: Diversity, regulation, and sustainability, about a range of issues,...
In the Media

Haverkamp defends corporate climate pledges

Sep 22, 2021 Marketplace
As more and more corporations commit to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, some are skeptical that these pledges are simply performative. But, Jennifer Haverkamp, professor of practice, says otherwise.  "It’s a very important signal....
In the Media

Rabe addresses Illinois ban of fossil fuel electricity

Sep 19, 2021 Chicago Tribune
Illinois is banning coal- and gas-powered electricity by 2045. However, the state isn't outlawing the mining of coal within Illinois.  “It’s one thing to stop importing coal into your state,” Barry Rabe, professor of public policy, said. “It’s...
News

Rabe's Brookings blog addresses methane mitigation policy

Sep 16, 2021 Brookings blog
In a recent Brookings blog, Barry Rabe discusses how the federal government may learn from successful state policies to mitigate methane emissions. "Methane appears to be enjoying its 15 minutes of fame—with even more notoriety likely on the...
In the Media

Raimi describes hardships of renewables transition

Sep 8, 2021 Casper Star Tribune
The transition towards renewable energy is necessary, but that doesn't mean it comes without hardships. In Wyoming, where the fossil fuel industry has thrived for many years, the state must find a new area for revenue according to Daniel Raimi,...
In the Media

Hausman breaks down how the EU's carbon border tax will work on NPR

Aug 11, 2021 NPR Here & Now
The world watches as the European Union implements a carbon border tax, wondering if it will help cut down global carbon emissions. Catherine Hausman, associate professor of public policy, discusses the leakage problem, charging for pollution, and...