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July 23, 2015

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Kathryn Dominguez nominated to Federal Reserve's Board of Governors

President Obama announced that he will nominate Ford School professor Kathryn Dominguez to serve on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the nation's top monetary policymaking body. Dominguez's current research examines the reasons for the U.S. economy's slow recovery from the Great Recession, including the role of global economic developments. more »

Our faculty is growing

An outstanding and interdisciplinary group of scholars will join the Ford School faculty for the coming academic year, including six additions to our governing faculty, new courtesy appointments with top U-M sociologists, and distinguished policymakers in residence. more »

"Healthcare heals the sick. Better pay keeps them healthy in the first place."

James House argues for a broad redefinition of 'health policy' in a new book, published by the Russell Sage Foundation. Programs like early childhood education, better living conditions, and oversight for occupational hazards would lead to better everyday health for Americans, and could reduce healthcare's financial burden by as much as a trillion dollars over the next decade, says House. more »

$4 million federal grant will fund predoctoral training for education policy research

The University of Michigan received a $4 million federal grant to establish a predoctoral research training program in education sciences. The grant from the U.S. Department of Education unites the Ford School, the School of Ed, and the Department of Economics to train doctoral students in conducting research to the institute's standards. more »

Growing confidence in vaccines

Matthew Davis video

A recently conducted survey found that parents' perceptions of vaccines have become more favorable over the past year, notes Dr. Matthew Davis in a new video produced by the U-M Health System. Why? "Over the last year there have been high-profile news stories about outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough," Davis says. "These news reports may be influencing how parents perceive childhood vaccines across the country." Read more about the research here.


Paula Lantz

Leading health policy expert Paula Lantz

Paula Lantz joins the faculty and will serve as the Ford School's associate dean for research and policy engagement. A social demographer, she most recently was professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. more »

H. Luke Shaefer

Luke Shaefer, co-author of $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

H. Luke Shaefer will be an associate professor of social work and public policy. His research focuses on the effectiveness of the U.S. social safety net in serving low-wage workers and economically disadvantaged families. more »


"We're not going to see any more big shifts in EPA on fracking on lands not held by the federal government." Barry Rabe quoted on the Environmental Protection Agency's highly-anticipated release of a report on hydraulic fracturing.

Financial Times ($), U.S. News & World Report

"Class trumps ability in college graduation," said Susan M. Dynarski, in her latest post for TheUpshot. Dynarski cited an NCES publication that found a substantial income gap in college graduation rates.

New York Times

Ford School graduates at work

Ford School graduates at work

The policy interests of Ford School students and alumni are diverse— they're local and global, corporate and not-for-profit, educational and economic.

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Poverty and economic development. Health and human security. Energy and the environment. Alongside their critical work as teachers and mentors, Ford School faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized experts in these and other vitally important policy areas. Learn more about our faculty.

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