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Michael S. Barr

Message from the dean

Our work didn’t stop, but for 18 months we were missing a spark. And so I was thrilled to safely welcome back students, faculty, and staff to in-person activities this fall. For me, being back at a busy Weill Hall has been energizing. I’m inspired by how hard our faculty and staff are working to deliver on our mission, and by the dedication and creativity of our students.
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Everything we do with communities has to be mutually beneficial. That's the biggest thing.”

Elisabeth Gerber, Jack L. Walker, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and director of the Program in Practical Policy Engagement

Of mutual benefit

Academic-community partnerships for better public policy.
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Partnerships in focus

Health equity, entrepreneurship, education, good governance, and more.
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Changing the conversation around child poverty

Kohn Professor Luke Shaefer and how the pandemic paved the way for an expanded Child Tax Credit years in the making.
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An evolving humanitarian crisis

John Ciorciari on the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan, international policy implications, and how you can help.
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Morela Hernandez on leadership, diversity, and organizational change

She ponders, “What does it mean to be an ‘only’?”
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Celeste Watkins-Hayes on racial justice and the promise of opportunity

From her social justice roots to the founding of the Center for Racial Justice.
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Joint PhD program celebrates 20 years

Since 2001, nearly 100 students have earned a doctoral degree from the Ford School’s pioneering joint PhD program.
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A poem by Yazier Henry. "The breath is inexorable, as long as nothing prevents it."
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Faculty Findings

Hausman on transitioning away from natural gas, Michelmore and Pilkauskas on maternal employment, and Hanson on measuring state capacity.
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Policy Talks @ the Ford School with U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, Michael Chertoff, Penny Naas, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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Ford School faculty in the news.
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Together again!

View our fall 2021 photos on Flickr!
Photo of students and U-M alumni gathered around a conference table

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