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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.
Visiting faculty

Kseniya Yurtayeva

Visiting Scholar, Weiser Diplomacy Center
Kseniya Yurtayeva a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, with support from the Weiser Diplomacy Center, where she is working on her current research project, “Cyberaggression as a method applied in contemporary warfare.” Yurtayeva is an…
Adjunct faculty

William D. Lopez

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
Dr. William D. Lopez is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a faculty associate in the Latina/o Studies program at the University of Michigan. He is the author of the book, Separated: Family and…
Core faculty

Samuel R. Bagenstos

Arlene Susan Kohn Professor of Social Policy
Bagenstos specializes in constitutional and civil rights litigation, with interests in labor and employment, disability rights, and housing. He currently serves as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is on leave from the university.
Core faculty

John D. Ciorciari

Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement; 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…

Faculty expertise

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News

Weiser Diplomacy Center announces new diplomacy fellows

Nov 3, 2022
The Weiser Diplomacy Center (WDC) is excited to announce four impressive recipients of the 2022 WDC fellowship.  The four 2022 fellows, Jacob Gillis (MPP ’24), Gerardo A. Méndez Gutiérrez (MPP ’24), Gabriel Sylvan (MPP ’24), and Oieshi Saha (MPP...
In the Media

Kleinman weighs in on Detroit ShotSpotter debate

Sep 8, 2022 Axios
As the Detroit City Council debates expanding ShotSpotter, a tool that identifies the sound of gunshots, Molly Kleinman, managing director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, weighed in. "There are things they could be doing...
In the Media

Danger in U.S. sanctions on Cambodia - Ciorciari

Aug 7, 2022 VOA
The U.S. has protested the arrest of political activist Theary Seng and others arrested for protests against Hun Sen's government. Yet penalizing Cambodia could come at a high cost for the U.S., according to Ford School professor and Weiser...
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...
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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...
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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...