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U.S. counterterrorism efforts moving forward - Ali

Sep 21, 2021
Javed Ali, associate professor of practice and counterterrorism expert, provided counterterrorism insights in a number of news outlets this week. "9/11 was such a profoundly important moment, not only in US history, but I would argue in...
In the Media

Farley explains decrease in Michigan population

Aug 16, 2021 Michigan Radio
The state of Michigan has again seen a population decrease following the release of the 2020 census, resulting in a loss of another congressional district. Reynolds Farley, research scientist at the Population Studies Center and a lecturer at the...
In the Media

Hall breaks down gubernatorial election controversy

Aug 1, 2021 Bridge Michigan
Amidst claims that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is using a campaign finance loophole illegally to collect donations for the next gubernatorial election, Richard Hall, professor of public policy and political science, says that Whitmer needs to be careful....
In the Media

Shipan explains Michigan GOP divide

Jul 19, 2021 Detroit Free Press
The Michigan Republican Party is struggling to define itself in the shadow of former President Donald Trump. Some members want to cling to Trump and his rhetoric, while others are trying to distance themselves. Charles Shipan, the J. Ira and Nicki...
Alumni spotlight

Sharon Dolente (MPP/JD ‘04) expands ballot access in Michigan

Jul 13, 2021
Instrumental in passing Proposal 3, which heavily expanded access to the ballot in Michigan, Sharon Dolente (MPP/JD ‘04) is an expert at creating voting rights policy. “Although Americans identify in our tribes, or our camps, or our political...
In the Media

Bednar says watchdogs aren't going anywhere

Jul 11, 2021 Automotive News
After Toyota was called out by the Lincoln Project for donating over $56,000 to lawmakers who voted against the 2020 election certification, Jenna Bednar, Ford School professor of public policy and political science, said that political watchdogs...
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Chamberlin on lawmaker transparency and redistricting

Jun 13, 2021
John Chamberlin, Ford School professor emeritus of public policy and political science, says a recent controversy in Lansing calls out the need for increased transparency when it comes to lawmakers. A Michigan state representative is proposing a law...
State & Hill

Breaking down public trust

Jun 10, 2021
By Rebecca Cohen (MPP '09) Americans’ trust in government institutions to “do the right thing” has steadily eroded since the late 1960s,1 correlated for many analysts with events such as the Vietnam War, Watergate, the ’70s oil embargo, and...
In the Media

Ali contextualizes insurrection criminal cases

May 30, 2021 Fox 2 Detroit
A man from Michigan is facing charges associated with the January 6 insurrection. Javed Ali provided some insight about the criminal cases stemming from the insurrection.  "This is not the first instance of this happening, this is just the...
In the Media

Chamberlin discusses Michigan redistricting

May 25, 2021 MLive
As the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission begins its work, Michigan citizens are being called upon to help with the process. John Chamberlin, professor emeritus of public policy and political science, explained how the new...
In the Media

Hanson comments on risks of Line 5 pipeline

May 19, 2021 The Globe and Mail
For years, the Line 5 pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac has been a hot topic in Michigan politics. Jonathon Hanson, a Ford School lecturer, shed light on the potential consequences of continuing to allow the pipeline to exist. “You think...
In the Media

Hall weighs in on Whitmer controversy

May 17, 2021 WXYZ Detroit
Michigan House Republicans have been zeroing in on a trip Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took to Florida to check on her ill father. They are questioning how the trip was paid for, since a nonprofit that was used for her inaugaration paid over $27,000 for a...
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Biden's plan for universal preschool, explained - Weiland

May 12, 2021
On April 28, the Biden Administration announced the American Families Plan, which includes universal preschool for all three- and four-year-olds. Christina Weiland, associate professor of education at the Ford School, weighed in on the plan and...
In the Media

Hanson comments on Biden administration's early moves

May 12, 2021 BBC Brazil
Tackling an ongoing pandemic, violent protests, and economic downturn, Joe Biden has surprised some with his actions so far during his presidency. But Ford School lecturer Jonathon Hanson says people shouldn't be.  "I think maybe people...
In the Media

Schwarz weighs in on Michigan redistricting

May 9, 2021 The Blade
With the loss of a congressional district as a result of the most recent census, Michiganders have been left guessing what the new districts will look like. Most likely, districts will become more competitive for the upcoming midterm elections, but...
In the Media

Hanson remarks on attempts to restrict voting access across the U.S.

Apr 18, 2021 Folha de Sao Paolo
"The impact of the approval of these laws will be the reduction of electoral participation," said Jonathan Hanson. "Most of them are designed to make voting more difficult for Democratic voters, who tend to be low-income, with jobs that often don’t...
In the Media

Ali discusses the danger of the Oath Keepers on '60 Minutes'

Apr 18, 2021 CBS News 60 Minutes
 "What makes the Oath Keepers unique and challenging, beyond the fact that they are a formal group with chapters all over the country, is that a large percentage have tactical training and operational experience in either the military or law...
In the Media

Anti-COVID politics may not last, says Hanson

Apr 15, 2021 Holland Sentinel
In an article in the Holland Sentinel about whether or not the COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed politics, Jonathan Hanson notes that “things do change much more rapidly in politics sometimes than we expect. Over the course of a year, the...