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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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Greetings from the Dean - The Briefing, January 2022

Jan 20, 2022
Dear friends, Best wishes to you as we start 2022 with great hopes for the coming year, but also with significant uncertainty—a global pandemic, a growing awareness of the urgent need to defend our democracy, and our imperative struggle for...
In the Media

Dean Barr featured in DPTV special about Jan. 6 insurrection

Jan 6, 2022 Detroit Public TV
Commemorating the one-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection, Detroit Public TV produced a special reflecting on the events of that day and their consequences, featuring an interview with Dean Michael Barr. "It highlighted a significant...
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Congratulations to our winter 2021 graduates

Dec 20, 2021
On December 19, 22 Ford School winter 2021 graduates and their families came together to celebrate a significant milestone. Four MPAs, five MPPs, twelve BAs, and one BA minor were conferred in U-M’s first in-person commencement ceremony since 2019....
State & Hill

Letter from Dean Michael S. Barr

Dec 13, 2021
For 18 months, while the Diag was calm, Weill Hall stood mostly empty, and the Big House was quiet, our community was hard at work to address urgent societal challenges from the pandemic, racial injustice, assaults on democracy, climate change, and...
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Spotlights, fall 2021

Dec 13, 2021
Face to face After 18 months of remote learning, teaching, and work, Ford School students, faculty, and staff enjoyed gathering in person for a Fall Welcome in Weill Hall courtyard. Ice cream sandwiches, games, and warm smiles marked the start of...
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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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U-M students break voting records in 2020

Nov 4, 2021
Voter turnout among University of Michigan college students jumped to 78% in the 2020 election, according to a report released by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University. Up 18 percentage points from 60% in 2016, U-M...
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Big Ten policy schools collaborate on civic involvement

Nov 1, 2021
The University of Michigan is joining with other policy schools across the Big Ten to launch Democracy in the 21st Century, a conferencewide collaboration to develop educational programming that promotes active civic education and...
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Democracy & Debate project to continue through 2021-22

Oct 18, 2021
At a time when democratic institutions are under pressure and the University of Michigan community is looking to engage, U-M will continue Democracy & Debate, its university-wide collaboration on democratic engagement, through the 2021-22 academic...
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Hernandez and Barr explore the essential themes of leadership

Aug 27, 2021
Ford School Dean Michael S. Barr and Professor Morela Hernandez, faculty director of the Leadership Initiative, reflected on the attributes and importance of good leadership as an essential asset for public policy practitioners during a summer...
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Alumni reflect on the enduring and ongoing impact of PPIA

Aug 26, 2021
“It was really transformational. I really feel like it changed my life, at least my career trajectory. It exposed me to new career paths that I wasn't aware of. It gave me skills and competencies for a number of different roles. In a lot of ways, it...
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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...
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Bentley gift bolsters MPP internships

Jun 28, 2021
Thanks to a generous gift from Ann Bentley and the Alvin M. Bentley Foundation in 2020 and in 2021, 10 MPP students were able to secure required summer internships without worrying about costs or income.  “Funding support enables Ford School...
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Ford School welcomes 2021 PPIA fellows

Jun 25, 2021
On June 14, the Ford School welcomed its 40th cohort to its Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI)— a program designed to build diversity in public service. Formerly called the Sloan or Woodrow Wilson...
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Tribute to Susan Dynarski as she departs the Ford School

Jun 23, 2021
Since 2008, Sue Dynarski has been one of the Ford School's most active faculty working to reform public education, fighting for educational equity and inclusiveness, and training the next generation of education policy experts. She has taught...
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Faculty News spring 2021

Jun 10, 2021
Javed Ali has appeared recently in outlets such as 60 Minutes, ABC News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, NPR’s Morning Edition, and the Los Angeles Times. He’ll become an associate professor of practice at the Ford School this...
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Letter from Dean Barr

Jun 10, 2021
Dear community,  After a chaotic 2020 election cycle, policymakers are getting down to the difficult business of leading, making decisions, and implementing policy. With a commitment to the public good, members of our community are taking part in...
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Statement from Dean Barr regarding Regent Weiser

Mar 28, 2021
Regent Weiser's statements regarding three of Michigan's top elected leaders and two of Michigan's Congressional representatives do not reflect the values of the University, as President Schlissel has stated.   His statements are also...
In the Media

Barr discusses "The COVID Economy" in podcast

Feb 28, 2021 Burn Bag
Barr discuss the challenges of rebuilding the global economy post-COVID-19, attracting foreign direct investment to the United States, the Robinhood debacle and securities regulation, repeating mistakes from the 2007/08 financial crisis, the risks...