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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…
Adjunct faculty

Daniel Raimi

Lecturer in Public Policy
Daniel Raimi is a senior research associate at Resources for the Future and a lecturer at the Ford School. He works on a range of energy policy issues with a focus on oil and gas regulation and taxation and climate change policy. He has published in…
Core faculty

Catherine Hausman

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Hausman’s work focuses on environmental and energy economics. Recent projects have looked at the natural gas sector's role in methane leaks, the impact of climate change on the electricity grid, and the effects of nuclear power plant closures. She is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economics Research.
Core faculty

Shobita Parthasarathy

Professor of Public Policy, Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program.
Parthasarathy's research focuses on the comparative and international politics and policy related to science and technology. She is interested in how to develop innovation, and innovation policy, to better achieve public interest and social justice goals. Much of her previous work has focused on the governance of emerging science and technology, particularly those that have uncertain environmental, social, ethical, political, and health implications.
Core faculty

Barry Rabe

J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Professor of Environmental Policy; Professor of Political Science; Professor of the Environment
Rabe's research examines climate and energy politics. In recent years, Rabe has chaired the Assumable Waters Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has served on recent National Academy of Public Administration panels examining the Departments of Commerce and Interior as well as the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. He is currently a member of the U-M Carbon Neutrality Commission.
Core faculty

Kaitlin T. Raimi

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
A social psychologist, Raimi’s interests center on how individuals can promote or prevent sustainable behaviors and policies. Her research focuses on how people compare their own beliefs and behaviors to those of other people, people's reactions to climate change communication and climate-related technologies, and how adopting one sustainable behavior affects subsequent environmental decisions.
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…
PhD Students

Michael Lerner

Michael is a Ph.D. student in the Political Science department and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on topics in comparative environmental politics, with a particular focus on adaptation…

PUBPOL 201: Systematic Thinking: Problems of the Day

Paula Lantz
Monday, Wednesday
Fall 2020
11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT

This course provides an introduction to public policy design and analysis using "systematic thinking" from the social sciences and humanities, with the application of scientific methods and knowledge more generally.


PUBPOL 519: Sustainable Energy Systems

Tuesday, Thursday
Fall 2019
2:30-3:50 pm EDT

Instructor: Dr. Greg Keoleian, Peter M. Wege Endowed Professor of Sustainable Systems; Director, Center for Sustainable Systems


PUBPOL 468: Oil & Gas in the U.S.

Daniel Raimi
Monday, Wednesday
Winter 2019
1:00-2:20 pm EDT Download Syllabus

Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have made the United States the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas. What does that mean for the domestic economy, energy prices, foreign policy, climate change, and local environments?


PUBPOL 475.306: Topics in Public Policy

Catherine Hausman
Tuesday, Thursday
Fall 2018
10:00-11:20 am EDT Download Syllabus

This course focuses on the economics of energy and environmental regulations in the United States.  It is designed to give students practical experience in making connections between intermediate microeconomic concepts and real-world regulatory po


PUBPOL 481.001: Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Tuesday, Thursday
Winter 2018
2:30-4:00 pm EDT

How should science and technology be used to solve social and policy problems? What values and assumptions underlie our current understandings of science and technology?