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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

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…
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

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.
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

Ali terror threat commentary sought across the globe

Jun 19, 2022
Media outlets around the world have been relying upon the insight and commentary of Ford School professor of practice Javed Ali. From the January 6th Committee hearings, to the war in Ukraine, to other domestic and international terrorism threats,...
News

Ali addresses broad range of domestic threats

Jun 7, 2022
Ford School professor of practice Javed Ali has been commenting on the wide range of domestic violent actions and threats that the United States has confronted in the past week, from a school shooting to domestic and international terrorism arrests....
News

Kopelman: How to win without winning

May 29, 2022
Written by Shirli Kopelman We are fortunate to have known leading intellectual and longtime Michigan faculty member Anatol Rapoport (1911-2007) as a father, friend, and colleague. He was a mathematical psychologist, philosopher, and pioneer of...
In the Media

School funding and crime report highlighted

May 20, 2022 NewsNation
News Nation took note of the EPI working paper, "Public School Funding, School Quality, and Adult Crime." "Can investing in schools -- better teachers, better facilities -- actually reduce crime?" the article asks.  It notes, "A trio of...
News

Ford School experts comment on Buffalo shooting

May 16, 2022
Ford School experts are available to comment on the racially motivated massacre over the weekend at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Celeste Watkins-Hayes Celeste Watkins-Hayes is the associate dean for academic affairs and...
In the Media

Ali: U.S. intelligence-sharing with Ukraine poses potential risks

May 9, 2022 The Cipher Brief
The U.S. and allies have declassified and shared intelligence with Ukrainian authorities over the past months of the war with Russia. Associate professor of practice Javed Ali, a former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security...
In the Media

Parthasarathy considers dangers of Beverly Hills's surveillance system

Apr 25, 2022 Los Angeles Times
There is one camera for every 17 people in Beverly Hills, one of the most surveilled cities in the world. Shobita Parthasarathy, professor of public policy and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, discussed the dangers of...
In the Media

Ali debunks Whitmer kidnapping conspiracy theory

Apr 19, 2022 The American Independent
Michigan gubernatorial candidate Garrett Soldano has been circulating the conspiracy theory that the intended kidnapping of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was a government plot to sway the 2020 election. Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, debunked...
News

Ali comments on implications of Whitmer kidnap trial verdicts

Apr 8, 2022
The verdict in the trial of four men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer produced two not guilty determinations and two mistrials. Ford School professor of practice Javed Ali told ABC News, "In a post-9/11...
In the Media

Ali calls for finetuning of FBI's terrorist screening watchlist

Apr 4, 2022 ABC News
A new ABC News in-depth report found that Americans on the FBI's terrorist screening watchlist are subject to pat-downs, detentions, and extensive interrogation without a trial. Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, weighed in on the...