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Jonathan K. Hanson

MPP/MPA Program Director; Lecturer in Statistics for Public Policy
Hanson is a specialist in comparative political economy and political development. He examines the ways that political institutions affect economic performance and development. In his recent projects, he has explored how to measure state capacity, the roles of democracy and state capacity for improving human development, and why authoritarian regimes vary significantly in economic and social outcomes. A former congressional aide, he has been active in political campaigns.
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Hanson on challenges to student loan forgiveness

Nov 23, 2022 MLive
Jonathan Hanson, MLive: "For those who have already applied, there is not much more they can do other than wait for the court battle to be finished. Basically, the Court of Appeals has halted the program for the time being until the case can be...
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Michigan's top 2024 primary contender - Hanson

Nov 18, 2022 Sinclair Broadcast Group
Jonathan Hanson, Sinclair Broadcast Group: "That would put Michigan front and center on not only in the candidates’ minds, but on the national news, and that just helps Michigan by drawing more attention to the concerns and needs we have in our...
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Hanson says GOP may not move beyond Trump

Nov 17, 2022 Detroit Free Press
Jonathan Hanson, Detroit Free Press: "Many Republicans have indicated that it's time to move on from Donald Trump, but Trump clearly will not let that happen. Our politics will continue to be about him. Trump's announcement sets up a potentially...
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Stall in student debt relief significant for Detroiters - Hanson

Nov 13, 2022 WXYZ
Jonathan Hanson, WXYZ: “This court decision is really quite significant because it ordered the administration to halt the whole process. For now everyone who’s applied for loan forgiveness has to wait for this process to unfold. Student debt is an...
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Hanson weighs in on competitive, newly-drawn districts

Nov 3, 2022 Michigan Advance
Jonathan Hanson, Michigan Advance: "There’s going to be a lot of competitive races in new districts. I find that lack of predictability very refreshing. … I’m just ready to see what...
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Hanson describes Supreme Court as 'minority rule'

Sep 26, 2022 Michigan Advance
The Supreme Court of the United States has been under fire lately for many of its recent decisions, including the one that overturned Roe v. Wade. Jonathan Hanson, political scientist and lecturer in statistics, broke down what these decisions mean...
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Hanson discusses midterm election possibilities

Sep 23, 2022 The New York Sun
Political scientist Jonathan Hanson shares his observations about Republican fundraising and voter decision-making during midterm elections with the New York Sun. “Voters are presented with a choice of a more extreme Republican or a more...
News

Ford School welcomes 41st class of PPIA fellows

Jun 16, 2022
Weill Hall buzzed with excitement this week as the Ford School kicked off the 41st year of its Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute – a program designed to build diversity in public service. Hailing from coast to...
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Campaigns need to reassess signature-gathering - Hanson

Jun 6, 2022 WXYZ
As five potential gubernatorial candidates lost their appeals to have remain on the ballot after they failed to submit the correct number of signatures, Ford School professor Jonathan Hanson said the campaigns were responsible for their own...
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Supreme Court draft leak damages Court's reputation - Hanson

May 8, 2022 Journal de Brasilia
The leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling on a case involving overturning access to abortion has contributed to a deterioration in the image of the Court among the U.S. public, according to an article in the Journal de Brasilia.  Ford School...
News

Speaker series to address "Democracy in Crisis"

Feb 21, 2022
U.S. democratic institutions are under attack. While law enforcement agencies and a Congressional committee still work to investigate the January 6, 2021, attacks on the Capitol – political violence aimed at blocking or overturning the results of...
State & Hill

Faculty News, fall 2021

Dec 13, 2021
The U-M Institute for Clinical & Health Research recognized John Ayanian with a 2020 Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award. Joshua Basseches received a grant from the Climate Social Science Network to continue working on...
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Faculty findings, fall 2021

Dec 13, 2021
Who would pay if we stop using natural gas? New research co-authored by economist Catherine Hausman considers the equity impacts of transitioning from natural gas to other energy sources. According to the U.S. Energy Information...
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Hanson describes U.S. politics around Afghanistan

Aug 31, 2021 KSU Sentinel
After the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, some Republicans have attacked President Joe Biden for his actions. Jonathan Hanson, lecturer in statistics for public policy, breaks down the political rhetoric. "There is political cynicism on...
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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...
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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...