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Molly Spencer

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Molly Spencer is a writing instructor, the author of two poetry collections, If the House (U. of Wisc. Press) and Hinge (SIU Press), and many essays and book reviews. Prior to her writing career, she worked in public sector project management and legislative relations. She holds degrees in economics, public policy, and writing.
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The Rules of Attention: A poem by Airea D. Matthews (MPA ’07)

Dec 10, 2023
Philadelphia Poet Laureate and educator Airea D. Matthews (MPA ’07) returned to the Ford School this fall to discuss her memoir-in-verse with writing instructor Molly Spencer at an event hosted by the Center for Racial Justice. The following day,...
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Molly Spencer: from Invitatory

May 3, 2023
Ford School writing instructor Molly Spencer's poetry collection, Invitatory, was selected as a 2022 New Measure Poetry Prize Winner. It is Spencer's third collection, joining If the House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019) and Hinge (SIU Press,...
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Faculty News, spring 2023

May 3, 2023
Dominique Adams-Santos, Celeste Watkins-Hayes, and PhD candidate Kayonne Christy contributed a chapter, "Narratives in Context: Locating Racism and Sexism in Black Women's Health Experiences," to The Routledge Companion to...
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Writing Center's Spencer wins poetry prize

Feb 9, 2023
Ford School writing instructor Molly Spencer’s poetry collection, Invitatory, was selected as a 2022 New Measure Poetry Prize Winner. It is Spencer ‘s third collection, joining If the House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019) and Hinge (SIU Press,...
State & Hill

Faculty News, fall 2022

Dec 19, 2022
Jenna Bednar published “The Fractured Superpower: Federalism is Remaking U.S. Democracy and Foreign Policy,” in Foreign Affairs. The Coalition for Networked Information, the Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE awarded Paul Courant the...
News

Ford School welcomes 41st class of PPIA fellows

Jun 16, 2022
Weill Hall buzzed with excitement this week as the Ford School kicked off the 41st year of its Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute – a program designed to build diversity in public service. Hailing from coast to...
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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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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...
In the Media

Molly Spencer discusses poetry during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jan 18, 2021 Michigan Radio
While COVID-19 has made traditional forms of sharing poetry more difficult, Molly Spencer comments that "one of the gifts of this time, if we have to be in a time where we can't gather...the internet...has connected poets who otherwise wouldn't be...
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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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Even so, the first bird

May 22, 2020
By Molly Spencer, writing instructor at the Ford School In the west, etched and bony light of moonset. East, warm breath of sun              fleshing the sky. Nothing will ever be as legible as these hills, still black with their faith...
News

From insight to impact: fall 2018 faculty news

Sep 4, 2018
Our top-notch associate leadership team remains in place, with Paula Lantz continuing on as associate dean for academic affairs, Elisabeth Gerber continuing as the school’s associate dean for research and policy engagement, and Ann Lin continuing to...
Racial Foundations of Public Policy

Bread and Circus, a memoir-in-verse

Nov 9, 2023, 6:00-8:00 pm EST
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium, Room 1120
Join the Center for Racial Justice in welcoming Airea D. Matthews, acclaimed poet, educator, and Ford School alumna, to discuss her latest work Bread and Circus, a memoir-in-verse that combines poetry, prose, and imagery to explore the realities of economic necessity, marginal poverty, and commodification, through a personal lens.