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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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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...
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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...
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Saluting Winter 2020 graduates in a time of turmoil

Dec 18, 2020
The Ford School community came together to celebrate a significant milestone this week for 19 graduates as they earn their degrees in public policy. In a challenging year, and against the backdrop of a semester filled with online courses, Zoom...
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Students highlight their practical policy engagements

Dec 17, 2020
Ford School students engaged in real problem-solving in the fall 2020 semester, tackling some of the most important issues facing Michigan. The undergraduate and graduate students participated in research and analysis projects as a part of the...
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Spotlights - Fall 2020

Dec 9, 2020
A year unlike any other This year hasn’t looked and cannot look like a typical year at the Ford School. Beyond moving classes, events, and office hours to a mix of online and socially-distanced in person formats, we’ve retooled our recruitment...
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Equal opportunity, equal talent

Dec 9, 2020
Two new professorships will address structural inequality and social policy By Rebecca Cohen (MPP ‘09)   "Talent is distributed evenly throughout our society, but opportunity most certainly is not." Harold and Carol Kohn heard...
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Letter from the Dean

Dec 9, 2020
The November 2020 elections marked an historic moment for our country. In the chaotic, scary months leading up to it, as a global pandemic raged, we’ve experienced deepening divisions in the U.S., horrifying evidence of racist police violence and...
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Faculty News fall 2020

Dec 9, 2020
Javed Ali organized a panel for New America on domestic terrorism. His new podcast, The Burn Bag, produced with two Ford School alumni, A'ndre Gonawela (BA ‘19) and Ryan Rosenthal (BA ‘19), has featured U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, General David...
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Michigan Education Data Center an invaluable tool for research

Dec 1, 2020
Does waiting a year to start kindergarten lead to better academic outcomes? How does participation in summer youth employment impact high school graduation and college enrollment? What career pathways are students pursuing? Researchers from...
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Harris joins Ford School colleagues on Biden-Harris transition

Nov 20, 2020
Ford School professor of practice and Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Adrienne Harris has been named to a Biden-Harris transition Agency Review Team, focusing on the Federal Reserve, Banking and Securities Regulators group includes the...
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Ford School announces plans for Winter 2021

Nov 9, 2020
A letter from Ford School Dean Michael Barr: Dear Ford School community, By now you've seen the message from President Schlissel earlier today, announcing the University's plans for Winter semester. University leaders have learned from the...
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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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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...