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Adjunct faculty

Brian Flanagan

Lecturer in Public Policy
Brian Flanagan is founder and principal of the Water's Edge Leadership Institute. He is a trained coach and leadership development entrepreneur. At the University of Michigan, he is a lecturer in public policy and chief evangelist of the Sanger Leadership Center, where he served for almost a decade as the founding managing director.
Core faculty

Paula Lantz

James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy
A social demographer, Lantz studies the role of public policy in improving population health and reducing social disparities in health. She is currently engaged in research regarding innovative financing approaches for supportive housing among Medicaid beneficiaries, and also on how COVID-19 is exacerbating existing social and health inequalities in the U.S.
Staff

Jennifer Niggemeier

Director of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations
As Director, Jennifer is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations and also co-leads the Ford’s School new Leadership Initiative. In her role, Jennifer works closely with graduate students,…

Our Leadership Initiative

Tools to impact and influence others The field of public policy involves difficult work that includes strong scientific inquiry and analysis, as well as leadership skills to navigate politics, advocacy and coalition building, communication across...
News

Hernandez shortlisted for top leadership award

Aug 2, 2021
Ford School professor Morela Hernandez has been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 (T50) Distinguished Achievement Awards, one of eight people highlighted from around the world for their work around leadership. Hernandez is the faculty director of the...
News

Ford School salutes the memory of Sen. Carl Levin

Jul 30, 2021
The Ford School salutes former Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), the longest-serving Michigan senator, who died at the age of 87. Levin served in Congress for 36 years and was a champion of human rights, a strong military, and the transformational power of...
In the Media

Rabe evaluates Biden's climate policy

Jun 15, 2021 The Christian Science Monitor
While President Biden has shown a lot of initiative for climate policy in the first months of his term, many scholars say something is missing: a carbon tax. Barry Rabe, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, provided an...
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...
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

Page comments on Biden's first foreign policy speech

Feb 5, 2021 Just Security
After President Biden gave his first major foreign policy speech on Thursday, which focused on repairing America's image across the globe and issues ranging from Yemen and China to global efforts to tackle climate change, Professor Susan D. Page...
State & Hill

A new initiative to develop world-class leaders in policy

Dec 9, 2020
By Rebecca Cohen (MPP ‘09) There are more than 3 trillion Google search results for “leadership.” Articles about the “7 leadership mistakes you’re probably making” and “Why You Can’t Teach Leadership” and “11 leadership characteristics”...
State & Hill

The Last Word: Lantz on COVID-19 policy

Dec 9, 2020
Paula Lantz, associate dean for academic affairs and the James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy, is a social epidemiologist. She talks with S&H about COVID, inequality, and what’s to come. State & Hill: We are 10 months into the global...
In the Media

Hanson expects Biden to restore normalcy to the White House

Nov 7, 2020 Métro World News
“This election was a crucial crossroads for American political institutions. Trump has led America to a dangerous place. Biden’s election is a step back from the brink, but also the start of hard work to restore the fractured fabric of American...

The Ford School honors Congressman John Dingell

Feb 7, 2019
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan is deeply saddened by the passing of Congressman John Dingell, an icon who represented southeast Michigan in the United States Congress for nearly sixty years.Dingell and his...

WDIV ClickOnDetroit profiles student org WeListen

May 30, 2018
Student organization WeListen was featured in a WDIV ClickOnDetroit story titled "Meet the students leading tough dialogue at the University of Michigan," by Meredith Bruckner.In the article, recent Ford School graduate Gabriel Lerner (BA '18)...