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Emeritus faculty

Robert Axelrod

William D. Hamilton Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Robert Axelrod is the William D. Hamilton Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, having held appointments at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science. His areas of…
Emeritus faculty

Alan V. Deardorff

Professor Emeritus
Deardorff’s research focuses on international trade. With Bob Stern, he developed the Michigan Model of World Production and Trade, which has been used to estimate the effects of trade agreements. He is also doing theoretical work in international trade and trade policy. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Labor, State, and Treasury and to international organizations including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Bank.
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.
Emeritus faculty

Marina v. Whitman

Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Business Administration
Marina v.N. Whitman is professor emerita of business administration and public policy. From 1979 until 1992 she was an officer of the General Motors Corporation, first as vice president and chief economist and later as vice president and group…
Visiting faculty

Shannon Farrell

U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence
Shannon Farrell is a U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence at the Ford School. Shannon joined the Foreign Service in 2003 after working as a corporate attorney in private practice for eight years. She served overseas most recently as the Consul…
Visiting faculty

Daniel Shields

Visiting Policy Practitioner, Weiser Diplomacy Center
Ambassador (Ret.) Daniel Shields is a visiting policy practitioner at the Ford School's Weiser Diplomacy Center. He consults, teaches courses and conducts simulations relating to diplomacy and U.S.-Asia relations. From 2015-18, while on detail from…
Core faculty

Javed Ali

Associate Professor of Practice
Ali is a former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council, with over 20 years of professional experience in national security and intelligence issues in Washington, D.C. He served in the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he also held senior positions on joint duty assignments at the National Intelligence Council, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the National Security Council.
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

Susan M. Collins

Provost; Edward M. Gramlich Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Economics
Collins is Provost of the University of Michigan. She is also the Edward M. Gramlich Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, professor of economics, and former dean of the Ford School (2007-17). She is an international economist whose research interests center on understanding and fostering economic growth in industrial, emerging market, and developing countries.
Core faculty

Kathryn M. Dominguez

Professor of Public Policy and Economics; PhD Program Director
Dominguez is the director of the Ford School’s doctoral programs. Her research focuses on topics in international financial markets and macroeconomics. A research associate at the NBER, she is also a member of the Panel of Economic Advisers at CBO, the Advisory Scientific Committee of the ESRB, and the Economic Advisory Panel of the New York Fed.
Core faculty

Joshua Hausman

Associate Professor of Public Policy; Associate Professor of Economics (by courtesy)
Hausman’s research interests are in economic history and macroeconomics with a focus on the U.S. economy in the 1930s and the Japanese economy today. He is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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

Attia Qureshi

Lecturer
Attia Qureshi is a lecturer in negotiations at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and in communications at the Ross School of Business. An organizational culture consultant, she lays the groundwork for progress and…
Core faculty

Alton Worthington

Lecturer in Public Policy
Alton Worthington is a lecturer in public policy at the Ford School, where he teaches on statistical computing and data visualization. His core research is on topics of international political economy, with a focus on the intersection of global…
PhD Students

James Allen IV

James Allen is a PhD candidate in Public Policy & Economics at the University of Michigan with interests in development economics in Sub-Saharan Africa relating to education, health, and natural disasters. He served in the Peace Corps in Mali…
PhD Students

Paul Atwell

My research and interests center on social network structure and social network change as both a function and cause of political change. I study associated collective behaviors such as voting behavior and clientelism primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.…
PhD Students

Billy Huang

Billy Huang is a joint doctoral student in economics and public policy at the University of Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and philosophy from Duke University and a master's degree in economics from the University of…
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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U.S. counterterrorism efforts moving forward - Ali

Sep 21, 2021
Javed Ali, associate professor of practice and counterterrorism expert, provided counterterrorism insights in a number of news outlets this week. "9/11 was such a profoundly important moment, not only in US history, but I would argue in...
News

Ali examines the enduring threat domestic terrorism

Sep 8, 2021
In a opinion for the Atlantic Council, Javed Ali said the U.S. has not hit "the peak" of this wave yet, prompting higher security measures from the Biden administration. "The large number of current domestic terrorism investigations by the FBI...
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Shannon Farrell to serve as new Diplomat in Residence

Sep 2, 2021
A warm welcome to Shannon Farrell, who will serve as the new Diplomat in Residence (DIR) for the North Central region. She will sit at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and will offer advice and guidance to...
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...
News

Ali considers U.S.-Taliban relationship

Sep 1, 2021
Now that the United States is fully withdrawn from Afghanistan, what will counterterrorism in the region look like? Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, provided commentary to several outlets. "I would argue that ISIS-Khorasan has remained...
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

Levitsky comments on 'tense' diplomatic meeting in Brazil

Aug 31, 2021 BBC Brazil
Following a recent meeting between American and Brazilian diplomats that diverged into a discussion about democracy, Melvyn Levitsky discounted the threat of a potential military coup. "I knew the Brazilian military very well. And although I...