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State & Hill magazine

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...

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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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...
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Celebrating 40 Years of PPIA

Dec 13, 2021
For 40 years, the Ford School's Public Policy & International Affairs Junior Summer Institute fellowship (PPIA JSI), previously known as the Sloan or Woodrow Wilson fellowship, has helped launch promising undergraduate students on a path toward...
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Class Notes, fall 2021

Dec 13, 2021
Frank Spence (MPA '60) was elected president of the Port of Astoria Commission, the only deep water port in Oregon to accommodate Alaskan cruise ships. Kaoru Mamiya (MPA '73) celebrated his 77th birthday on September 3, 2020, a very special...
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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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(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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Soundbites: Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Nov 23, 2021
I am working urgently on universal coverage. I also want to make sure that we remember that coverage alone does not guarantee access to high quality care. Those are two very different things. We have to center equity in all of these efforts. As we...
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Love of country and school

Jun 10, 2021
By Maggie Barnard (MPP ‘21) When Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky joined the Ford School faculty in 2006, it was a homecoming. After graduating from Michigan in 1960, Levitsky spent 35 years overseas as a U.S. diplomat, serving as ambassador to...
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Spring 2021 Class Notes

Jun 10, 2021
Alan Miller (MPP/JD ‘74) coauthored a new book, Cut Super Climate Pollutants Now!, with Durwood Zaelke and Stephen O. Andersen (April 2021, Changemakers Books). Maureen Donohue Krauss (MPP ’85) was recently named president/CEO of the Detroit...
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Here to serve

Jun 10, 2021
By Daniel Rivkin Checking in on the federal civilian workforce "Big government” has been a target for some conservative politicians for decades. That complaint shifted in tenor and action when the Trump administration took office. The federal...
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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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Leadership grounded in service

Jun 10, 2021
By David Pratt Paula Lantz completes remarkable term as associate dean Diversity, equity, and inclusion. Curricular overhaul and creation of a new master’s program. A leadership initiative. Helping students, faculty, and staff through a...
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Spotlights - Spring 2021

Jun 10, 2021
Working remotely has its perks At Comerica Park, Detroit News photographer Robin Buckson spotted sociologist and Detroit historian Ren Farley keeping score as the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals. “I teach the course on Detroit so I have to...
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Building strength

Jun 10, 2021
With new leading-edge research and faces at the school, the Ford School builds depth in two key policy areas. Energy and the environment Economics, political science, psychology, and community engagement are at the roots of the Ford School’s...
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Q&A with Betsey Stevenson

Jun 10, 2021
Ford School economist Betsey Stevenson, a leading voice on the COVID-19 “she-cession,” discusses her work and her academic passion. State & Hill: What inspired you to study and spend so much of your career focusing on women in the labor...
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Breaking down public trust

Jun 10, 2021
By Rebecca Cohen (MPP '09) Americans’ trust in government institutions to “do the right thing” has steadily eroded since the late 1960s,1 correlated for many analysts with events such as the Vietnam War, Watergate, the ’70s oil embargo, and...
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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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Leading through crisis

Dec 9, 2020
The COVID pandemic has been a test of public leadership at all levels, from mom-and-pop business owners to healthcare professionals, from local government officials to governors to federal health experts and the Administration. We sat down with...
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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...