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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
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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Penny Naas on trade, resilience, equity and the environment

Sep 27, 2021
Penny Naas (MPP '93) is President, International Affairs and Sustainability, at UPS. She spoke with Economics professor Betsey Stevenson in a policy talk, Business and government: Diversity, regulation, and sustainability, about a range of issues,...
News

Morela Hernandez named to Collegiate Chair

Sep 23, 2021
On September 23, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the appointment of Ford School professor Morela Hernandez as the newly established Ligia Ramirez de Reynolds Collegiate Professor of Public Policy for a five-year renewable term....
News

Second round of anti-racism faculty hiring proposals due Oct. 1

Sep 16, 2021
As the University of Michigan’s Anti-Racism Faculty Hiring Initiative moves forward, the Office of the Provost is inviting proposals for the second round of clusters of new tenure-track faculty whose scholarship focuses on structural racism and...
News

Hernandez and Barr explore the essential themes of leadership

Aug 27, 2021
Ford School Dean Michael S. Barr and Professor Morela Hernandez, faculty director of the Leadership Initiative, reflected on the attributes and importance of good leadership as an essential asset for public policy practitioners during a summer...
Publication

Hernandez calls for management scholars to focus on inequality

Aug 9, 2021
What role can those who study management play to address systems of inequality? How should the professional community consider the ways in which organizations are designed or evolve to advantage some groups over others? University of Michigan...
In the Media

Erb-Downward brings awareness to childhood homelessness

Aug 2, 2021 ClickOnDetroit: WDIV Local 4
With the pandemic exacerbating homelessness, Jennifer Erb-Downward, senior research associate at U-M Poverty Solutions, is bringing attention to the problem of homelessness among children. “People tend to think about a single man living on the...
News

Hernandez shortlisted for top leadership award

Aug 2, 2021
Ford School professor Morela Hernandez has been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 (T50) Distinguished Achievement Awards, one of eight people highlighted from around the world for their work around leadership. Hernandez is the faculty director of the...