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Jenna Bednar

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Bednar's 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 analyzes Michigan Democrats' agenda

Nov 17, 2022 Bridge Michigan
Jenna Bednar, Bridge Michigan: "Our governor's a very pragmatic leader, one who's going to carve out a positive forward-looking but centrist agenda. This isn’t a time for Democrats to say, ‘Oh, it's our turn, and we're going to move (toward) some...
In the Media

Bednar on Trump's influence in 2022 election

Nov 16, 2022 The New York Times
Jenna Bednar, The New York Times: "(Trump’s allure) has faded in many states. Even before the election, we saw signs of voter exhaustion with all things Trump. Here in Michigan, in the final weeks of the campaign many Republican candidates...
In the Media

Bednar's analysis of the roles of federalism

Nov 10, 2022 Council on Foreign Relations
Jenna Bednar, Council on Foreign Relations: "What’s the function of federalism? Why do we have it? And some people think about, well, federalism is for allocation—that is, to harmonize access to resources or maybe even just administrative...
News

Bednar breaks down Barrett-Slotkin race

Nov 1, 2022
In Michigan's seventh Congressional district, incumbent Elissa Slotkin is facing State Senator Tom Barrett. The race has quickly become one of the most expensive in the country, and is heavily influenced by the question of abortion access. Jenna...
Publication

The fractured superpower: Federalism and foreign policy

Oct 7, 2022
Though federalism is typically viewed in a domestic context, political scientist Jenna Bednar explores the balance of state and federal power and how it shapes U.S. foreign policy in Foreign Affairs. Bednar and co-author Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar,...
In the Media

Bednar discusses Trump's rally in Michigan

Oct 1, 2022 The Hill
Former President Donald Trump made a stop in Michigan last Saturday to support gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon. But, Jenna Bednar, professor of public policy and political science, says his rally could end up hurting Republicans in the...
In the Media

Bednar emphasizes role of abortion rights in MI gubernatorial race

Sep 29, 2022 NPR: The Takeaway
The national spotlight is on Michigan's gubernatorial election, which will effectively decide the future of reproductive rights in the state. Jenna Bednar, professor of public policy and political science, discussed how both parties are...
In the Media

Bednar: Education looms large in Michigan governor's race

Aug 8, 2022 Chalkbeat
In the aftermath of the Michigan primary elections on August 2, the race for governor will feature incumber Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and challenger Republican Tudor Dixon. An article in Chalkbeat states the school choice will be a major...
State & Hill

Faculty News, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
Arun Agrawal was selected as co-chair on the Intergovernmental Transformative Change Assessment, sponsored by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Javed Ali provided his expertise on national security to numerous...
News

Jenna Bednar featured in new documentary film

Nov 1, 2021
A new award-winning documentary film, “Solutions,” made its U.S. debut at the United Nations Association Film Festival on October 31. Jenna Bednar, professor of public policy and political science, is one of 20 experts featured to "examine the...
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...
News

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

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...
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...

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.