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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
Louis (Lou) Fintor is a U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence at the Ford School. Fintor joined the State Department in 2002 as a press officer in the Bureau of Public Affairs' Office of Press Relations. He subsequently served as embassy…
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 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...
In the Media

Ali comments on arrest of alleged 'boogaloo' members

Nov 2, 2022 AP News
Javed Ali, AP News: The federal government’s actions could reflect different people in the boogaloo movement “getting closer to violence,” said Javed Ali, an associate professor at the University of Michigan and a former senior U.S. government...
In the Media

Ali discusses increase in political violence

Nov 1, 2022 PolitiFact
Javed Ali, PolitiFact: The hardest threats for law enforcement to thwart are those orchestrated by lone actors, like the man who went to Pelosi’s home. "Unless a person is under investigation and on law enforcement’s radar, how would you know they...
In the Media

Ali comments on Paul Pelosi attack

Oct 31, 2022 ABC Australia
Javed Ali, ABC Australia: "I would argue, unfortunately, it's a continuation of the same level of threat we have now seen for the last few years, if not longer. And this latest attack is just a manifestation of what I had called a couple years ago,...
In the Media

Trump investigation to be 'explosive' - Ali

Oct 27, 2022 Washington Post
Javed Ali, Washington Post: "Because this is so unprecedented, they are going to take it slow. It's going to be so explosive. And the last thing you want to do is bring a case to trial that is weak or has holes, because then what would be the...
In the Media

Ali calls for U.S. to build stronger cybersecurity strategy

Oct 27, 2022 The Cipher Brief
Javed Ali, The Cipher Brief: "Going forward, the White House must balance the demands of getting full buy-in from a diverse range of government and industry partners on something as important as a new strategy, while acknowledging that the velocity,...
In the Media

Ali comments on FBI counterintelligence arrest in Ypsilanti

Oct 25, 2022 The Detroit News
Javed Ali, The Detroit News: “That is a long-term effort that intelligence services around the world try to do all the time; trying to develop sources and methods that can benefit your country. If there were national security concerns, hopefully...
In the Media

Ali weighs in on "terrorism" prosecution of Oxford shooting suspect

Oct 24, 2022 Washington Post
Javed Ali, Washington Post: “Even though the [laws] have been on the books for years, for some reason it only seems now that prosecutors and attorneys general are using this part of their tool kit to be more aggressive about mass shootings. It can...
In the Media

Some issues may never be known in Trump investigation - Ali

Oct 22, 2022 Washington Post
Javed Ali, Washington Post: "This is all the work going on behind the scenes that may never be revealed. Who may have had access to those documents? And what information may they have gleaned? And what may have resulted from his having these...
In the Media

Ali advises on how to react to a data breach

Oct 16, 2022 Governing
Javed Ali, Governing: "You may want to protect, or not completely reveal, either the attack method or even how the attack was detected. Knowing the sources and methods can give adversaries insight and...
In the Media

Ali comments on enormity of FBI terrorist watch list

Oct 16, 2022 Washington Post
Javed Ali, Washington Post: "If there were that many terrorists in the world, we would be getting attacked all day long. That’s not the way to use a tool like this — if people are in there in error, they should not be there in...
In the Media

Ali advice for international travelers: Be aware

Jul 23, 2022 ABC News One
As pandemic fears ease and pent-up demand for travel increases, vacationers nevertheless need to be on guard about changing circumstances.  Speaking to ABC News One, Ford School professor Javed Ali said, "You don't want to be caught unaware, in...