Departments and Research Centers

Education Policy Initiative

The Education Policy Initiative (EPI) is a program within the Ford School that brings together nationally-recognized education policy scholars focused on the generation and dissemination of policy-relevant education research.

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Postdoctoral fellow

Jason Baron

Postdoctoral fellow
Jason Baron is an IES postdoctoral fellow with the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He recently obtained his PhD in economics from Florida State University and will join the Department of Economics at Duke University…
Postdoctoral fellow

Tareena Mussadiq

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Tareena Musaddiq is an Institute of Education Sciences postdoctoral fellow with the Education Policy Initiative at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Her research interests are in economics of education and health…
Postdoctoral fellow

Sabrina Solanki

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Sabrina Solanki is an Institute of Education Sciences postdoctoral fellow with the Ford School's Education Policy Initiative. She comes to the University of Michigan from the University of California, Irvine, where she earned master's degrees in…
Faculty by courtesy

Christina Weiland

Associate Professor at the School of Education
Christina Weiland is an associate professor at the University of Michigan's School of Education, with a courtesy appointment at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and affiliations with the Educational Studies department, the Combined Program…
Core faculty

Susan M. Dynarski

Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Education; Professor of Economics, and Distinguished Diversity & Social Transformation Professor
Dynarski's education policy research focuses on the effectiveness of charter schools, the optimal design of financial aid, the price elasticity of private school attendance, the relationship between postsecondary schooling and labor market outcomes, and the effect of high school reforms on academic achievement and educational attainment. She serves as co-director of the Education Policy Initiative and is a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Core faculty

Brian A. Jacob

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy; Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Economics; Professor of Education
Jacob is co-director of the Youth Policy Lab. His primary fields of interest are labor economics, program evaluation, and the economics of education. Jacob's current research focuses on urban school reform, with a particular emphasis on standards and accountability initiatives.
Core faculty

Kevin Stange

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Stange's research lies broadly in empirical labor and public economics, with a focus on education and health care. His prior research includes studies of college enrollment and persistence, the effect of resources and peers on community college students, the importance of amenities in college choice, and the effects of different pricing structures on major choice and student credit load.
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Faculty Findings - Spring 2020

May 22, 2020
Robin Jacob on closing early childhood achievement gaps The first five years of a child’s life are considered the most critical for development. But for too many children from low-income households, learning opportunities...

Susan Dynarski explains who struggles most with student debt

Jul 11, 2019
News coverage about student debt is piling up, just like the student debt itself. But the people who are struggling the most with student debt aren’t the ones you may expect, explains Susan Dynarski, professor of public policy, in an interview with...

It’s HAILing coverage for Susan Dynarski and team

Dec 21, 2018
Last week, Susan Dynarski, Ford School professor, and her fellow researchers released a new research study titled “Closing the Gap: The Effect of a Targeted, Tuition-Free Promise on College Choices of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students.” Since...

Dynarski calls the legacy admission bump 'unconscionable'

Oct 30, 2018
As universities hone their admissions processes to reflect fairness and build a diverse student body, legacy students still have an advantage, warns Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times. Susan Dynarski, Ford School professor, agrees. “Legacy...