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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…

North American Colloquium

University of Toronto • Autonomous National University of Mexico • University of Michigan Overview of the colloquium The North American Colloquium (NAC) is a collaborative venture between the Autonomous National University of Mexico,...

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...
In the Media

Rabe points out possibilities for bipartisanship on climate bill

Jan 20, 2022 The New York Times
Many congressional Democrats are calling for a vote on the climate portion of the Build Back Better bill, citing the urgency of the climate crisis. Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and Arthur Thurnau Professor of...
In the Media

Can states make individual climate progress? Rabe weighs in

Jan 14, 2022 U.S. News
Many U.S. states taking action to curb climate change. Barry Rabe comments to U.S. News on how much progress they can make individually. “You have kind of a half a loaf,” says Barry Rabe.  “And it's no secret that a good many of those climate...
News

Rabe says carbon pricing can be achieved

Jan 13, 2022
Ford School professor Barry Rabe said the functioning of the U.S. political system has not been able to handle real action on climate change. He called for a broader look at how political scientists and economists could find linkages that could help...
News

2022 Riecker Michigan Delegation Fellows named

Jan 13, 2022
The 2022 winter semester will look a little bit different for two second-year Ford School graduate students. Bethany Haddad (MPP ‘22) and Kate Randall (MPP ‘22), were selected from a very competitive pool of applicants for the prestigious Riecker...
State & Hill

Faculty findings, fall 2021

Dec 13, 2021
Who would pay if we stop using natural gas? New research co-authored by economist Catherine Hausman considers the equity impacts of transitioning from natural gas to other energy sources. According to the U.S. Energy Information...
In the Media

Levitsky comments on deforestation in the Amazon

Dec 10, 2021 BBC Brasil
Melvyn Levitsky commented on the mismatch between Brazil’s promises at COP-26 and actual deforestation figures released a few days after the event.  ​​"It's embarrassing for Brazil to have these numbers showing up. Did they hide them during the...
In the Media

Rabe comments on Democratic strategy to pass climate policy

Dec 6, 2021 E&E News
The Democrats are relying on messaging that includes extreme weather events to pass the climate portion of their social spending package. "It fits the more classic model of environmental policy adoption in the U.S., where usually, we would expect...
In the Media

Rabe weighs in on proposed tax credit for union-made electric vehicles

Dec 2, 2021 The Washington Post
Barry Rabe spoke to The Washington Post on the international trade consequences of a key climate provision in the Democrats’ $2 trillion social spending bill that would see tax credits for union-made electric vehicles.   Commenting on concerns...
News

Lawmakers seek out U-M faculty for expertise on various topics

Dec 1, 2021
Federal lawmakers continue to seek out University of Michigan faculty members to lend their expertise and knowledge to help inform federal policy. In the last year, 13 U-M faculty members and researchers testified at 14 congressional hearings...
In the Media

Haverkamp discusses WTO's role in fighting climate change

Nov 30, 2021 Economic Times
The World Trade Organization's role in climate change has been a topic of discussion lately. With authority over supply chains and fossil fuel subsidies, many say it could be key in the fight against climate change, even with its mixed track...
In the Media

Rabe addresses impact of methane in climate change

Nov 23, 2021 CGTN
Following the climate talks in Scotland, Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, emphasized the impact that focusing on methane could have in the fight against climate change. "Carbon lasts much longer, but an...
News

Rabe reflects on progress at COP26 and Line 5 in Michigan

Nov 19, 2021
Following the conclusion of COP26, Barry Rabe reflected on the outcomes of the summit in Glasgow. “This is the 26th time that this conference of parties and processes has worked. Each time there is lots of drama, high expectations, and usually in...
In the Media

Haverkamp's top COP26 takeaways in The Hill

Nov 18, 2021 The Hill
Jennifer Haverkamp, a former climate negotiator for the Obama administration, hails historic mention of fossil fuels in the climate pact approved by world leaders. “The fact that it is a phasedown, not a phaseout, and that there are qualifying...
News

The infrastructure bill: U-M Ford school experts can discuss

Nov 15, 2021
After months of haggling and horse-trading, Congress has passed—and President Joe Biden is poised to sign—a more than $1 trillion infrastructure bill. The law will usher in long-sought investment in roads, rail, bridges, broadband, the power grid...