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Michael S. Barr

Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy; Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law
Barr conducts research and writes about a wide range of issues in domestic and international financial regulation, with a particular emphasis on financial services for low-income communities. He served in President Barack H. Obama's Administration as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's assistant secretary for financial institutions, and was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
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Michigan Votes - Ford School faculty experts available

Oct 29, 2020
Contact: Daniel Rivkin, rivkind@umich.edu, +1-917-817-6323 Michigan Votes! ANN ARBOR — Experts at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan are available to discuss the election process and results in Michigan...
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Barr and Harris call for more inclusive payments systems

Oct 26, 2020
Ford School Dean Michael Barr and professor of practice Adrienne Harris say the technologies  of the “payments revolution,” which enable people to make payments and access bank accounts more easily, can also lead to greater financial...
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Ford School wins NASPAA 2020 Social Equity award

Oct 4, 2020
The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) has awarded the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with its 2020 Social Equity Award, which honors a public policy, affairs, or administration program that exemplifies...
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Michael Barr joins Kresge Foundation Board

Sep 21, 2020
Ford School Dean Michael Barr has been appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees of The Kresge Foundation. The Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress and today fulfills that mission by building and strengthening pathways to...
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Barr seeks financial inclusion for underserved communities

Aug 12, 2020
Throughout his career in academia and in government, Ford School Dean Michael S. Barr has sought ways to help low-income people get better access to the financial system, and to change the financial system to work better for low-income...
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Combating poverty and inequality amidst a pandemic

Jul 19, 2020
Ford School Dean Michael S. Barr, Associate Dean and Poverty Solutions Director Luke Shaefer and Alford A. Young Jr., Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies and courtesy faculty at the Ford School, discussed some of the ways...
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Democracy & Debate Theme Semester launches

Jul 2, 2020
This week marks the launch of the Democracy & Debate Theme Semester, a unique opportunity for teaching and learning about free speech and the exchange of ideas, democratic engagement from a global perspective and what it means to be a member of a...
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Dodd-Frank achievements assessed on its 10th anniversary

Jul 2, 2020
The Center on Finance, Law and Policy co-hosted a day-long conference with the Brookings Institution on June 30 to mark the Dodd-Frank Act 10th Anniversary. Former Senator Chris Dodd and former Representative Barney Frank participated, as did...
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June 2020 edition of ‘the Ford School feed’

Jun 30, 2020
Dear friends, I invite all of our alumni to join me for what promises to be a special and fitting Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day, next Thursday, July 9th at 4:00 pm EDT. It’s now been ten years since we launched Spirit Day. In years past, the...

Lantz discusses COVID-19 health inequity

Jun 19, 2020
Paula Lantz, associate dean of the Ford School and James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy, and Michael S. Barr, dean of the Ford School, discussed the emerging social epidemiology of COVID-19 and current understanding regarding public health and...
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Dean Michael Barr addresses racist violence

Jun 2, 2020
Dean Michael Barr sent the following letter to the Ford School community last night, Monday, June 1: Dear friends, I am writing to you at a time of great sorrow and upheaval. I write to acknowledge the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor,...
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Spotlights – Spring 2020 State & Hill

May 22, 2020
All hands on deck Ford School faculty and research centers have been actively involved with the policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luke Shaefer is advising the state on how to reduce the impact on low-income families. Michael Barr, Betsey...
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Toward a brighter future

May 22, 2020
New gift from Joan and Sanford Weill supports education and employment initiatives By David Pratt Longtime friends of the Ford School Joan and Sanford Weill have made a generous new investment in the school's work with a gift of $5...
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Letter from the Dean

May 22, 2020
In this edition of State & Hill, you’ll read stories of our growing strength in teaching diplomacy, international development, and international politics, and stories of how we’re tackling inequalities in the financial system, access to voting,...