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Emeritus faculty

Susan E. Waltz

Professor Emerita of Public Policy
Waltz specializes in human rights and international affairs, with a focus on arms transfer policy and regional expertise on North Africa. She also maintains the website Human Rights Advocacy and the History of International Human Rights Standards, hosted by U-M. For some 15 years she was involved in international efforts to promote an international Arms Trade Treaty and has more recently focused on U.S. firearms export regulations.
Core faculty

John D. Ciorciari

Professor of Public Policy; Director, International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center
Ciorciari is a professor of public policy and director of the Ford School's Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center. His research focuses on international law and politics in the Global South.
Core faculty

Yazier Henry

Lecturer in Public Policy
Henry has written and published on the political economy of social voice, memory, trauma, identity, peace processes, Truth Commissions, international transitional justice and international humanitarian law. His research and writing projects focus on how structural and administrative violence come to be institutionalized during post-colonial transitions. His current work is on the discourse of human rights, structural violence and the politics of official voice.
Core faculty

Melvyn Levitsky

Professor of International Policy and Practice
Levitsky serves as senior associate of the school's International Policy Center, and senior advisor to the Weiser Diplomacy Center. During his 35-year career as a U.S. diplomat, Levitsky was ambassador to Brazil from 1994-98 and held such senior positions as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters, ambassador to Bulgaria, deputy director of the Voice of America, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights.
Core faculty

Fabiana Silva

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Silva studies the mechanisms that perpetuate (or mitigate) group-based labor market inequality, with a focus on social networks and employer discrimination. She examines how employers reward the referrals of black and white job applicants, the relationship between employers' racial attitudes and their hiring behavior, and the determinants of how people are racially classified by others. She also investigates how different ways of framing immigration affect attitudes towards immigration policy.
PhD Students

Eitan Paul

Eitan Paul is a joint PhD candidate in Public Policy and Political Science. He studies the effects of civil society and social accountability initiatives on the quality of democratic representation and the distribution of public goods in Southeast…

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News

COVID saved the Beijing olympics from political protest - Lin

Feb 1, 2022
As the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games get under way later this week, Ford School professor Ann Lin has commented on the COVID effect on the games. An advisory distributed by Michigan News about Lin and other experts here. It states, "Her work...
News

Achieving comprehensive immigration reform in 48 hours!

Jan 23, 2022
Excitement was in the air as some 150 senators, ambassadors and representatives of national and international interest groups eyed each other at an eventing meeting, anxious, suspicious, hopeful that a comprehensive immigration reform package, so...
News

Ivacko debates 2022 hot topics

Jan 5, 2022
Selected as a panelist for Hour Detroit's 2022 political predictions, Tom Ivacko, Executive Director of CLOSUP, weighed in on some of the most burning questions about Michigan's 2022 elections. The first question: How would Roe v. Wade, and...
News

Jenna Bednar featured in new documentary film

Nov 1, 2021
A new award-winning documentary film, “Solutions,” made its U.S. debut at the United Nations Association Film Festival on October 31. Jenna Bednar, professor of public policy and political science, is one of 20 experts featured to "examine the...
News

Community conversation: Consequences of Afghanistan withdrawal

Sep 2, 2021
In one of the first community events of the academic year, 60 Ford School students and faculty gathered in the Betty Ford Classroom for a conversation about the situation in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces. Panelists...
In the Media

Ciorciari comments on Afghanistan evacuations

Aug 31, 2021 WXYZ Detroit
The United States has finally left Afghanistan, leaving behind thousands of Afghans fearing for their lives due to connections with the U.S. John Ciorciari, associate professor of public policy and director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and...
In the Media

Ciorciari on what happens next with Afghan troops

Aug 20, 2021 CNBC
John Ciorciari, associate professor of public policy and director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center, spoke to CNBC about Afghanistan's fall to the Taliban after President Biden withdrew the U.S. military from the...
News

Ciorciari and Ali analyze Afghanistan withdrawal

Aug 16, 2021
With stunning speed, the Taliban has overthrown the Western-backed government of Afghanistan, bringing a chaotic end to a two-decade effort by the United States and others to remake the country. More than 3,500 U.S. and allied troops and tens of...
In the Media

Ciorciari defends Cambodian human rights lawyer charged with treason

Aug 10, 2021 The New York Times
Theary Seng, a human rights lawyer, has been charged with treason in Cambodia for attempting to build a democratic system and defending human rights.   “Theary has been a courageous champion for democracy and social justice in Cambodia for many...
In the Media

Young provides context for proposed CRT legislation

Aug 1, 2021 Holland Sentinel
Michigan Senate Bill 460 was created in response to calls to ban schools from teaching critical race theory (CRT). Alford Young, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Sociology and a professor of public policy and African and African...
Alumni spotlight

Sharon Dolente (MPP/JD ‘04) expands ballot access in Michigan

Jul 13, 2021
Instrumental in passing Proposal 3, which heavily expanded access to the ballot in Michigan, Sharon Dolente (MPP/JD ‘04) is an expert at creating voting rights policy. “Although Americans identify in our tribes, or our camps, or our political...
In the Media

10 years later, Page discusses South Sudan's independence

Jul 9, 2021 Deep Dish Podcast
Susan D. Page, professor of practice in international diplomacy, recounted South Sudan's journey to independence on the Deep Dish podcast from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “On July 9th, it will be the 10th anniversary of south Sudan’s...
In the Media

Parthasarathy facial recognition study in focus on Detroit Public TV

Jun 24, 2021 DPTV One Detroit
Detroit Public TV's One Detroit program looked at the racial disparities inherent in law enforcement's use of facial recognition technology, making reference to a study published in August 2020 by the Ford School's Shobita Parthasarathy.  "We...
In the Media

Davenport reflects on policing since George Floyd's death

Jun 22, 2021 Michigan Radio
One month ago, activists across the country recognized the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's killing, sparking discussion of what has changed in policing since then. While many ideas have been thrown around, like employing social workers to...
News

Watkins-Hayes earns ASA’s Distinguished Scholarly Book Award

Jun 18, 2021
Congratulations to Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Jean E. Fairfax Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and incoming associate dean for academic affairs, for receiving the Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the American Sociological Association....