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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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Ford School welcomes 2020 alumni to Comeback celebration

May 13, 2022
The Ford School welcomed back the Class of 2020 at a reception in their honor at Weill Hall, in conjunction with the University of Michigan Comeback Commencement Ceremony. Some 100 alumni, faculty, staff and families attended the...
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Outdoor graduation firsts for three U-M schools

Apr 28, 2022
Three University of Michigan units have partnered to hold their respective ceremonies at Elbel Field this year. Together, and in partnership with U-M Rec Sports, the Ford School of Public Policy, School of Public Health, and School for...
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Barr mourns the passing of Madeleine Albright

Mar 23, 2022
Ford School Dean Michael S. Barr reflected on the passing of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: "Madeleine Albright was a pathbreaking leader in foreign affairs even before she became Secretary of State. She was smart, tough,...
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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...
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Prestigious National Academies committee selects Parthasarathy

Feb 7, 2022
Ford School professor Shobita Parthasarathy has been selected to serve on a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) that will help guide federal judges on questions of science, technology, and medicine in...
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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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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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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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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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LSA graduate Tom Tuft invests in future policy leaders

Jun 10, 2021
By David Pratt New gift will support PPIA and the Conversations Across Differences initiative Tom Tuft (LSA ‘69), discovered Ann Arbor when he came from Pennsylvania to visit his sister in Detroit. “I thought Michigan would be a special...
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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...