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Jenna Bednar

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Bednar is the Edie N. Goldenberg Endowed Director for U-M’s Michigan in Washington Program. Her research combines positive political theory and systems theory to analyze how institutions remain effective in complex environments. She has contributed to the scholarly inquiry of the design of federalism; theoretical and experimental work on cultural evolution and institutional performance; and applied realms such as campaign contributions, transboundary water systems, and environmental sustainability.
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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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Bednar selected as Stanford University CASBS fellow

Mar 12, 2021
This week, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University announced its 2021-22 fellows class, comprised of 38 scholars representing 19 U.S. institutions and nine international institutions and programs. Ford...
In the Media

Bednar says Trump punishment necessary to affirm the Constitution

Jan 10, 2021 The National Interest
Speaking to The National Interest, Bednar said, “Our laws and the Constitution itself depend on a belief that those who violate them will be punished. Many lawmakers have condemned the president’s role in inciting the attack on the Capitol. If they...
State & Hill

Tracking the issues: post-2020 election

Dec 9, 2020
In the aftermath of the 2020 election, Ford School faculty weighed in on what happened and what’s next, including the immediate policies a Biden-Harris Administration should tackle. Jenna Bednar Professor of public policy and political...
State & Hill

Faculty News fall 2020

Dec 9, 2020
Javed Ali organized a panel for New America on domestic terrorism. His new podcast, The Burn Bag, produced with two Ford School alumni, A'ndre Gonawela (BA ‘19) and Ryan Rosenthal (BA ‘19), has featured U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, General David...

What human flourishing looks like

May 25, 2021, 2:00 pm EDT
Jenna Bednar, Hilary Cottam, James Manyika, and Gillian Tett outline possible directions for meeting the challenges of poverty, inequality, and injustice, embedded within new moral political economies of shared prosperity and flourishing.