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Fall 2020 State & Hill

Sometimes you have to not just dream about what could be—you get out and push and you pull and you preach. And you create a climate and environment to get those in high places, to get men and women of goodwill in power to act. Former U.S....

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State & Hill, the print magazine of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, is a bi-annual publication featuring stories about the school's students, alumni, and faculty. Feature articles vary in each issue, and generally highlight noteworthy...
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Spotlights, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
Fordie festivities A beloved tradition returned in December as Fordies gathered to celebrate the end of the fall semester at the school’s annual holiday party.     Sen. Elizabeth Warren U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)...
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Soundbites: Policy Talks @ the Ford School

May 31, 2022
The only way that I know to really have the work that we’re doing rooted in communities is to have a connection with communities, making sure that not only are we talking with those who help bring a voice to the voiceless, as Dr. King would have...
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Lantz defends critical race theory

May 31, 2022
Widely-read Milbank Quarterly op-ed explains CRT’s importance to population health By Olivia Bradish (BA ’23) Since January 2021, 42 states have introduced bills or taken other steps to restrict how “critical race theory” and other so-called...
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Hope for the future

May 31, 2022
Weills’ new gift will fund another three graduate fellowships A new $5 million gift from Joan and Sanford “Sandy” I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation provides endowed support for three graduate fellowships in perpetuity. The gift brings to...
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No time to rest on our laurels

May 31, 2022
Diversity, equity, and inclusion work continues at the Ford School   Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the Ford School. They’re inseparable from our pursuit of the public good. They’re essential to the character of the...
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Science and technology research in brief

May 31, 2022
Raimi, Rohde, and Hausman are among our dynamic STPP core faculty                                                                                                  Behaviors and climate change Kaitlin Raimi is a Ford School associate...
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Faculty News, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
Arun Agrawal was selected as co-chair on the Intergovernmental Transformative Change Assessment, sponsored by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Javed Ali provided his expertise on national security to numerous...
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Faculty findings, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
Economic and social impact of religious festivals In Mexico, “patron saint day” festivals are often local public holidays and involve substantial financial expenditures by households and governments. Festival dates vary greatly across localities:...
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First two Copeland Fellows named

May 31, 2022
Hồng and Wallick share Rebecca Copeland’s (MPP/MPH ’21) commitment to health equity Two graduate students, Phong Khai Hồng (MPP/MS, ’24) and Danielle Wallick (MPP/MURP, ’23) have been named the first recipients of the Ford School’s Rebecca A....
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The Last Word

May 31, 2022
As part of the Practical Community Learning Project (PCLP), a semester-long independent policy-based community project in Detroit, community engagement manager DeAndré J. Calvert and a team of Ford School students worked on digital access with the...
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A program like no other

May 31, 2022
Parthasarathy and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program chart a unique course for impact By Jennifer Conlin In 2005, when Shobita Parthasarathy saw a position advertised to create a new policy program in science and technology at...
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Class Notes, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
Stephen Hill (MPP ’81) was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board. The Board provides oversight and financial support of Virginia’s soil and water conservation districts, and oversight and enforcement...
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Discourse: Ford School faculty in the news, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
“(Putin) has already violated every international treaty, including the U.N. charter, by invading. This has international implications, not just European implications. Now, the question of what we do and how we do it, with regards to sanctions or...
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“More is more”

May 31, 2022
Michael S. Barr’s first term as dean By Laura K. Lee In October 2021, the Regents of the University of Michigan approved Provost Susan M. Collins’ recommendation to reappoint Michael S. Barr as Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of the Ford School...
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A conversation with Ann Chih Lin

May 31, 2022
By David Pratt In November 2021, longtime Ford School political scientist Ann Chih Lin was appointed as director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS). Established in 1961, the China Center is one of the nation’s most...
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Letter from Dean Barr

May 31, 2022
Dear Fordies, IPPSters, and friends, Wow! What a great five years it has been, in so many ways. I’ve loved being your dean. I’ve learned so much from you—our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. At the same time, it’s been a hard...
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Observing climate change policymaking up close in Glasgow

May 18, 2022
By Daniel Rivkin Does it make sense for 40,000 people to travel from all over the world to attend a conference intended to reduce greenhouse gasses? Among the attendees, including 100 heads of state, at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow,...
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(In)Exorable: A poem by Yazier Henry

Dec 13, 2021
Earth spirit burns, an internal fire. The shadow lives on in the body, just as it does in the memories of the blood. Gasping for air, struggling, desperate to find life’s fragile lines under the relentless weight of...
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Changing the conversation around child poverty

Dec 13, 2021
How Kohn Professor Luke Shaefer and the pandemic paved the way for an expanded Child Tax Credit By Lauren Slagter The passage of the American Rescue Plan Act in March ushered in a "euphoric" couple of weeks for Luke Shaefer, the Hermann and...
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Discourse: Ford School faculty in the news

Dec 13, 2021
"College students can take out loans to pay for college, but it's absolutely impossible to take out a loan to pay for your own preschool. It's just not something a 3- or 4-year-old can do to manage their own education. So the idea that we have...
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Joint PhD program celebrates 20 years

Dec 13, 2021
Since 2001, nearly 100 students have earned a doctoral degree from the Ford School's pioneering joint PhD program. Students receive grounding in their discipline of choice from Michigan's top-ranked social science departments—economics, sociology,...
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An evolving humanitarian crisis

Dec 13, 2021
By Rebecca Cohen (MPP '09) Thousands of Afghans holding pro-democracy values—some with ties to the U-M community—were left behind in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. In August, Taliban forces rapidly took control and formed a new...
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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 findings, fall 2021

Dec 13, 2021
Who would pay if we stop using natural gas? New research co-authored by economist Catherine Hausman considers the equity impacts of transitioning from natural gas to other energy sources. According to the U.S. Energy Information...