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Visiting faculty

Abdul El-Sayed

Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence
Dr. El-Sayed is a public servant, Michigan politician, former public health professor, and a medical doctor. He served as executive director of the Detroit Health Department and Health Officer for the city from 2015 to 2017, before running for governor of Michigan.
Faculty by courtesy

Kenny Lowande

Assistant Professor of Political Science; Assistant Professor of Public Policy (by courtesy)
Kenneth Lowande studies American political institutions and policymaking.
Faculty by courtesy

Marianne Udow-Phillips

Lecturer in Public Policy
Udow-Phillips provides strategic consulting and mentorship to advance social justice, improve population health and strengthen the effectiveness of health, public health and mental health systems.
Adjunct faculty

Brian Flanagan

Lecturer in Public Policy
Brian Flanagan is founder and principal of the Water's Edge Leadership Institute. He is a trained coach and leadership development entrepreneur. At the University of Michigan, he is a lecturer in public policy and chief evangelist of the Sanger Leadership Center, where he served for almost a decade as the founding managing director.
Adjunct faculty

John Hieftje

Lecturer in Public Policy
John Hieftje, Ann Arbor’s longest serving mayor (2000-14), is a lecturer at the Ford School. In 2001 he initiated a long-term drive for greater efficiency that prepared the city for the Great Recession. Hieftje championed the successful Greenbelt…
Adjunct faculty

Surry Scheerer

Lecturer in Public Policy
Surry Scheerer, LMSW, is a leadership and organizational development coach and trainer. Ms. Scheerer serves as a executive coach for The University of Michigan Ross School of Business Executive Education and Executive MBA Programs, providing one on…
Adjunct faculty

John J. Schwarz

Lecturer in Public Policy
John J.H. "Joe" Schwarz is a lecturer at the Ford School. He received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1959, and his medical degree from Wayne State University in 1964. Dr. Schwarz served his residency in…
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

Morela Hernandez

Ligia Ramirez de Reynolds Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Faculty Director, Leadership Initiative
Hernandez is an internationally recognized scholar with deep expertise in applying behavioral science insights to design and improve organizational systems and decision-making practices. She is widely published in top-tier academic journals and popular media outlets, and serves on several editorial boards. At Michigan, Hernandez teaches courses on leadership and serves as faculty director of the Ford School's Leadership Initiative.
Core faculty

Paula Lantz

James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy
A social demographer, Lantz studies the role of public policy in improving population health and reducing social disparities in health. She is currently engaged in research regarding innovative financing approaches for supportive housing among Medicaid beneficiaries, and also on how COVID-19 is exacerbating existing social and health inequalities in the U.S.
Core faculty

Jeffrey D. Morenoff

Professor of Public Policy and Sociology; Director, Population Studies Center
Morenoff's research interests include neighborhood environments, inequality, crime and criminal justice, the social determinants of health, racial/ethnic/immigrant disparities in health and antisocial behavior, and methods for analyzing multilevel and spatial data.
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

Megan Tompkins-Stange

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Tompkins-Stange is a scholar of education policy and philanthropy, focusing on the influence of private foundations on the politics of K-12 school reform.
Staff

Claire E. Davidson

Career & Leadership Development Manager, Graduate Career Services & Alumni Relations
Claire Davidson is the career and leadership development manager in the Ford School's Graduate Career Services & Alumni Relations. In this role, she provides career advising for Ford School graduate students, leads workshops, and supports programming…

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2022 Riecker Michigan Delegation Fellows named

Jan 13, 2022
The 2022 winter semester will look a little bit different for two second-year Ford School graduate students. Bethany Haddad (MPP ‘22) and Kate Randall (MPP ‘22), were selected from a very competitive pool of applicants for the prestigious Riecker...
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Stevenson named to the National Academy of Social Insurance

Jan 12, 2022
Recognizing her outstanding contributions to social insurance and related policy areas, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) has approved the election of Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, to the Academy. She is...
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Welcome newly-elected 2022 Alumni Board members

Dec 16, 2021
Six Ford School alumni have been elected to serve on the Alumni Board by their peers. The newly elected members are all engaged alumni, bringing experience from numerous fields, including environmental work, philanthropy, consulting, government, and...
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2021: A year of public policy

Dec 16, 2021
The Ford School of Public Policy is a top-ranked public policy school dedicated to preparing diverse leaders to take on society’s most pressing challenges and make transformational discoveries through cutting-edge research. Experts from the Ford...
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CLOSUP and Ivacko applauded for partnering with city of Flint

Dec 8, 2021
News outlets are applauding Tom Ivacko and the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy's announcement about a project with the city of Flint that will examine whether a new fiscal reporting mechanism can help create transparency in local fiscal...
In the Media

El-Sayed discusses the climate crisis and young leadership

Nov 12, 2021 Stateside
Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, recently sat down with Stateside to discuss the climate crisis. He reflected on the importance of young people in the movement. "When we talk about young people and we look at their...
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Democracy & Debate project to continue through 2021-22

Oct 18, 2021
At a time when democratic institutions are under pressure and the University of Michigan community is looking to engage, U-M will continue Democracy & Debate, its university-wide collaboration on democratic engagement, through the 2021-22 academic...