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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.
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

Professor of Environment and Sustainability; Professor of Public Policy (by courtesy)
Pam Jagger is a 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 interactions in…
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: Landmark U.S. climate bill addresses methane

Aug 12, 2022
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass the Inflation Reduction Act today, which includes nearly $400 billion for clean energy initiatives. The legislation was approved by the Senate last weekend and, if signed into law, would be the...
In the Media

Biden has limited options on climate action - Rabe

Jul 24, 2022 El Mercurio
President Joe Biden announced modest steps to combat climate change and promised more robust action to come, saying, “This is an emergency and I will look at it that way.” In El Mercurio (Chile), Ford School professor Barry Rabe outlined the...
News

Rabe insights on climate change political challenges

Jul 20, 2022
The political climate for action on climate change has become more difficult in the past few weeks, in light of a Supreme Court decision limiting the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ability to limit greenhouse gases and the failure of a...
In the Media

Basseches comments on utilities and the transition to renewables

Jul 17, 2022 E & E News
E&E News notes that "For many companies, the ongoing shift to clean energy presents a massive financial opportunity. But for U.S. electric utilities, the transition may upend a longstanding business model." The article states, "In many ways, the...
In the Media

El-Sayed: "In 10 days SCOTUS took us back decades"

Jul 12, 2022 Detroit Metro Times
Ford School Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Abdul El-Sayed opines that the Supreme Court betrayed the public trust in its final rulings released at the end of June -- overturning of Roe v. Wade, limiting gun control measures, and...
News

PhD grad Michael Lerner wins APSA dissertation award

Jul 11, 2022
Ford School PhD graduate Michael Lerner (Political Science, 2021) has been chosen to receive the Virginia Walsh Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "Green Catalysts? The Impact of Transnational Advocacy on Environmental Policy Leadership.“ This...
In the Media

Hausman warns of the costs of transition to "everything electric"

Jul 10, 2022 Colorado Public Radio
"A rapid energy transition could leave lower-income customers with higher gas bills, raising questions about the economic fairness of shifting homes away from fossil fuels," Colorado Public Radio warns, in part citing a recent paper co-authored by...
In the Media

Rabe: Court ruling creates uncertainty at the EPA

Jul 2, 2022 The Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution's The Current podcast looked at the 6-3 ruling on the case of West Virginia vs the Environmental Protection Agency, in which the Supreme Court greatly curtailed the power of the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from...
In the Media

A lost decade for federal climate policy, says Rabe

Jul 1, 2022 E&E News
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the EPA overreached its authority under the Clean Air Act when it crafted the Clean Power Plan. Professor Barry Rabe said that deep political divisions have left the court to play arbiter. “The...
In the Media

Rabe on curbing high gas prices

Jun 16, 2022 Time
This week, President Biden called on U.S. oil refiners to ramp up production to meet the growing demand for gas and rising prices at the pump. In a Time interview, Ford School professor Barry Rabe says he is "struck by the lack of appetite in either...
Publication

States can take advantage of energy price hikes - Raimi

Jun 12, 2022
While high energy prices are hurting consumers, there are ways in which state governments can benefit from the spikes to create more resilient communities in the long-term, Ford School lecturer Daniel Raimi writes in Resources. “For some states,...
In the Media

Catherine Hausman on the cost of soaring gas prices

Jun 10, 2022 Bloomberg
"There's very little the administration or Congress can do on gasoline prices. This is part of a world market. This is just basic supply and demand." Catherine Hausman discusses how high gas prices affect Europe's energy market and U.S. climate...
State & Hill

Discourse: Ford School faculty in the news, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
“(Putin) has already violated every international treaty, including the U.N. charter, by invading. This has international implications, not just European implications. Now, the question of what we do and how we do it, with regards to sanctions or...