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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

Associate Professor of Public Policy; Director, International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center
Ciorciari is an associate 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

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....
In the Media

Young: equality doesn't equal equity

Jun 9, 2021 Health.com
People often use the terms "equity" and "equality" interchangeably. But, according to Alford Young, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Sociology and a professor of African and African American Studies and Ford school courtesy...
In the Media

Davenport's work highlighted in new book

May 16, 2021 The New York Times
In her new book, "America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s", historian Elizabeth Hinton reveals a long, hidden history of uprisings against the war on crime. She credits Christian Davenport,...
In the Media

Young discusses the impact of Chauvin's guilty verdict

Apr 21, 2021 Yahoo News
Alford Young Jr. commented that "for the first time in our history, we can acknowledge that an officer has been found guilty of violating a black body. And that will change how the police respond to the public and how the public responds to the...
In the Media

Amid border surge, Lin discusses immigration reform

Mar 22, 2021 Sinclair Broadcast Group
“It matters in the sense that members of Congress and the president will be worried about the public reaction to the surge might affect the willingness to support either of these bills,” said Ann Lin, as a surge of migrants — including unaccompanied...
Publication

Ciorciari’s new book sheds light on sovereignty sharing

Mar 11, 2021
In fragile states, where human rights violations run amuck and conflicts create instability, domestic and international actors sometimes take the extraordinary step to share sovereignty to combine knowledge and resources to increase accountability...
In the Media

Page comments on Biden's first foreign policy speech

Feb 5, 2021 Just Security
After President Biden gave his first major foreign policy speech on Thursday, which focused on repairing America's image across the globe and issues ranging from Yemen and China to global efforts to tackle climate change, Professor Susan D. Page...
News

Ciorciari supports U-M Law alum charged in Cambodia crackdown

Nov 24, 2020
University of Michigan Law School alum Theary Seng cut her hair live on Radio Free Asia this past Thursday. It was not for fashion but convenience: should she go to jail the next week, she wanted to be prepared to deal with lice.  Seng is a...