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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…
Visiting faculty

Louis Fintor

U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence
Joining the Foreign Service in 2002, Fintor, a UM alumni and Detroit native, served as U.S. Embassy spokesperson in the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe. As Diplomat in Residence (DIR), Fintor provides information on State Department opportunities…
Visiting faculty

Mark Pekala

Visiting Policy Practitioner, Weiser Diplomacy Center
Ambassador Mark Pekala (BA Political Science '81) has served as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Paris, DCM in Tallinn, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, and Senior Director for…
Research faculty

Scott Atran

Adjunct Research Professor
Scott Atran is an anthropologist who experiments on ways scientists and ordinary people categorize and reason about nature, on the cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion, and on limits of rational choice in political and cultural conflict.…
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 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

Joy Rohde

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Rohde is historian who specializes in the relationship between policy knowledge, technology, and American democracy. At Michigan, she is also affiliated with the Department of History, the Science, Technology, and Society Program, and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program.
Core faculty

Megan A. Stewart

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Megan A. Stewart is an associate professor of public policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Her research interests focus on explaining variation in how changes to social, economic, and political…
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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In the Media

Ali addresses impact of top FBI official's arrest

Jan 25, 2023 ABC News
Javed Ali, ABC News: "The arrest of the former head of the FBI New York field office's head of counterintelligence on money laundering charges connected to a Russian oligarch with strong ties to President Putin is a serious development that may have...
In the Media

Ali discusses timeline of Biden documents investigation

Jan 20, 2023 The New Republic
Javed Ali, The New Republic: "I don’t think it’s going to wrap up in days, and probably not weeks; I think it’s going to take several months. These special counsel investigations usually take a while to unfold. I think, conservatively, we’re talking...
In the Media

Hanson analyzes how classified documents could hurt Biden in 2024

Jan 19, 2023 Folha de Sao Paulo
Jonathan Hanson, Folha de Sao Paulo: "The case shames and removes an advantage that Biden had against Trump. Even if the magnitude of what we're talking about is substantially different, in the number of documents the former president had and the...
In the Media

Ali discusses depths Putin will go to in war against Ukraine

Jan 17, 2023 Newsweek
Javed Ali, Newsweek: "The Wagner Group's paramilitary nature and disregard of international human rights and acceptable standards of military conduct also demonstrate the depths Putin's regime will pursue, regardless of the destructive nature of...
In the Media

Ali analyzes Biden classified documents

Jan 13, 2023 CBC
Javed Ali, CBC: "It's really alarming to hear of these two different batches separated by time, and it could be two different circumstances behind them as well, just from what little we know on the outside. But as I've said in some other interviews,...
In the Media

Ali evaluates state of war in Ukraine

Jan 13, 2023 TRT World
Javed Ali, TRT World: "I don't think there's any credible effort to engage in peace talks, just based on the nature of the ferocious fighting in the east. It seems like each side is looking to break through against the other in these pockets, but...
In the Media

Ali comments on Biden classified material case

Jan 12, 2023 CBS News
Javed Ali, CBS News: "As a former intelligence professional, we were all indoctrinated to never leave our offices with any classified material whatsoever. I mean, that's the whole point of the...
In the Media

Ali provides context surrounding Biden classified documents

Jan 10, 2023 ABC News
Javed Ali, ABC News: "It is surprising to hear there were classified documents found at the Penn Biden Center, but based on the details that have come out, it appears to be some somewhat of a different context than the much larger number of...
In the Media

Two years later, Ali reflects on January 6 prosecutions

Jan 6, 2023 The National
Javed Ali, The National: "It has brought some measure of accountability to a large segment of the people who were part of the insurrection and perhaps in the moment thought that they would be able to get away with what they did on the criminal side...
In the Media

Ali remembers heroes who defended against January 6 insurrection

Jan 6, 2023 CBC
Javed Ali, CBC: "I expect to hear President Biden say some things that coincide with my own sense of reflection. So hopefully what we'll hear from President Biden is remembrance of the heroism and patriotism of the law enforcement officers and other...
In the Media

Ali breaks down January 6 report

Dec 23, 2022 CBC
Javed Ali, CBC: "With the different recommendations from the committee report, this is probably the most interesting one. But also the one, that at least from a legal perspective, may be very difficult to achieve. My understanding is that unless...
Publication

Thacher examines the interaction of police and the mentally ill 

Dec 19, 2022
In an essay for Vital City New York, Ford School professor David Thacher looks at the potential fall-out of Mayor Eric Adams’s recent order of forced psychiatric evaluation for people causing trouble on the streets and in the subway. He traces New...
In the Media

Ali on impact of Oath Keepers' convictions on far-right movement

Dec 7, 2022 TRT World
Javed Ali, TRT World: "I would argue that it will not end far-right extremism or anti-government movements and groups. Now, in the case of the Oath Keepers, it may have an impact on structurally tearing this group apart. Even if the Oath Keepers as...
In the Media

Ali provides insight on school threats

Nov 15, 2022 WXYZ Detroit
Javed Ali, WXYZ Detroit: "In advance of significant anniversaries, especially inside the U.S., we would really raise the security levels. We have to adopt the, ‘See something, Say something’ mantra or model that has become the post-9/11...