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Celeste M. Watkins-Hayes

Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy; Director, Center for Racial Justice; Jean E. Fairfax Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor; Professor of Sociology; Research and Community Impact Fellow, Anti-Racism Collaborative
Watkins-Hayes is an internationally-recognized scholar and expert widely credited for her research at the intersection of inequality, public policy, and human service institutions, with a special focus on HIV/AIDS; poverty; and race, class, and gender studies. Dr. Watkins-Hayes has published three books, numerous articles in journals and edited volumes, and pieces in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Chicago Magazine.
State & Hill

Letter from Dean Watkins-Hayes

Apr 24, 2024
Warm spring greetings from Ann Arbor! This year we commemorate 50 years since Gerald R. Ford took office as U.S. President, after the unprecedented resignation of disgraced Richard...
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Faculty news, spring 2024

Apr 24, 2024
Kamissa Camara chaired the Bipartisan Senior Study Group for the Sahel at the U.S. Institute of Peace. The study group’s comprehensive report critically assesses opportunities for peace, security, and economic development in the Sahel.Charlotte...
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Highlights from the Dean's Symposium

Apr 21, 2024
Two days of panels, chats, and keynotes focused on examining and seeking solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face in Michigan, in the United States, and across the globe. More than 400 students, faculty, staff, and friends attended in...
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Injuries of inequality and the promise of safety nets

Mar 7, 2024
What would a comprehensive strategy for reproductive rights and access look like, borrowing from the lessons from the fight against HIV? This is the question that Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the Ford School...
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Greetings from the Dean - The Briefing, January 2024

Jan 25, 2024
Dear friends,  Happy New Year! Campus continues to buzz after the thrilling national football championship win over the University of Washington. At the Ford School, we kicked off the semester with several events honoring the life and legacy...
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Our new dean, Celeste Watkins-Hayes

Dec 12, 2023
State & Hill sat down with the Ford School’s new dean to reflect on her scholarship, her mentors, and Gerald Ford   State & Hill: Tell us about your intellectual journey to leading the Ford School. Celeste Watkins-Hayes: What you see in my...
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Letter from Dean Watkins-Hayes

Dec 10, 2023
Warm greetings from Ann Arbor, where the first snow of the year has blanketed the campus. We’re enjoying the football team’s win over Ohio State—the 1,001st victory in Michigan’s history. (Our own Gerald Ford was part of sixteen of those wins...
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Spotlights, fall 2023

Dec 10, 2023
What’s on the barbie? Economists Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson were on the guest list as the White House hosted a State Dinner for Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in October. Skills match More than fifty...
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PPIA students reflect on their summer of study and social life 

Aug 2, 2023
What are the dynamics of inequity in labor markets? How do we determine appropriate categories for people in a multicultural society?  How is the U.S. approach to ethnicity and nationality different from what they are doing in Europe?  These were...
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Ford School welcomes PPIA 2023 cohort

Jun 19, 2023
The 2023 Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) has welcomed 23 students from 11 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This year’s cohort will spend seven weeks taking classes, participating in...
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Watkins-Hayes recommended new dean of Ford School

Jun 2, 2023
Celeste M. Watkins-Hayes, interim dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a scholar known for her research on the organizational implementation of social policy and societal safety nets, has been recommended as the school’s next Joan...
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Greetings from the Dean - The Briefing, May 2023

May 10, 2023
Dear friends, Our talented faculty and students continue to land awards and recognition for their accomplishments! In March, Earl Lewis, the Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies, and...
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Spotlights, spring 2023

May 3, 2023
Deans on the Hill The Ford School joined U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty, then-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, to bring together policy deans Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Trevor Brown (Ohio State), and Maria Cancian (Georgetown) to talk to...
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Faculty News, spring 2023

May 3, 2023
Dominique Adams-Santos, Celeste Watkins-Hayes, and PhD candidate Kayonne Christy contributed a chapter, "Narratives in Context: Locating Racism and Sexism in Black Women's Health Experiences," to The Routledge Companion to...
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Letter from Interim Dean Watkins-Hayes

May 3, 2023
Happy spring from Ann Arbor! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving as interim dean this past year, working closely with and learning so much from our community. U-M Provost Laurie McCauley's search for a new dean is ongoing, with the...
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Ford School joins Spelman College Research Day, lends support

Apr 25, 2023
In a return to her alma mater, Ford School interim dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes visited Spelman College to elevate the visibility of the Ford School at the nation’s top-ranked Historically Black College  and to strengthen the relationship between the...
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Ford School hosts alum, Korean governor Kim Dong Yeon

Apr 13, 2023
The Ford School hosted Kim Dong Yeon (MPP ‘91, PhD ‘93),  governor of the Gyeonggi province — the largest province in South Korea. His visit to Ann Arbor included signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the University that will send South Korean...