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CLOSUP Faculty Advisory Board

Thomas Buchmueller

Tom Buchmueller is Waldo O. Hildebrand Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, and Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy. He is a health economist whose main area of research focuses is the economics of health insurance and related public policy issues. His recent work has examined the relationship between employer-sponsored insurance and labor market outcomes, interactions between the public sector and private insurance markets and consumer demand for health insurance.

Professor Buchmueller received his BA in Economics from Carleton College and his PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining the Ross School faculty, he taught in the business school at the University of California, Irvine. He recently spent 9 months in Australia as a Packer Policy Fellow. He has also been a visiting scholar at the University of York (UK), INSEAD and CREDES in France and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a co-editor of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy and is on the editorial board of Inquiry, a health policy journal.

Paul Courant

Paul N. Courant is the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan. He is also Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Economics, Professor of Information, and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. From 2002-2005 he served as Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer of the University. He has also served as the Associate Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Chair of the Department of Economics and Director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (which is now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy).

Courant has authored half a dozen books, and over seventy papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy, including tax policy, state and local economic development, gender differences in pay, housing, radon and public health, relationships between economic growth and environmental policy, and university budgeting systems. More recently, he is studying the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the changes in the system of scholarly communication that derive from new information technologies.

Paul Courant holds a BA in History from Swarthmore College (1968); an MA in Economics from Princeton University (1973); and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University (1974). He rides a BMW R1150R motorcycle.

George Fulton

George A. Fulton received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is currently the Director of RSQE and research professor at the University's Institute for Research on Labor, the Environment and the Economy, where he is director of labor market research.

He has been involved in forecasting economic and fiscal activity in the state of Michigan for over two decades. He has written a book on the Michigan regional economies, co-authored with former University of Michigan President Harold Shapiro, and he is co-director of a project to generate long-term economic and demographic projections for all the counties of Michigan. A major objective of his current research is to explore the regional economic effects of national policies, particularly those directed at the automotive, trucking, and tobacco industries.

Ellen Katz

Ellen D. Katz teaches and writes in the areas of property, voting rights and elections, legal history, and equal protection. Prior to joining the Law School faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor, she practiced as an attorney with the appellate sections of the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division and its Civil Division. Katz also served as a judicial clerk for Justice David H. Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States, and for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She earned her B.A. in history, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale College and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. Her work includes a detailed empirical study of litigation under the Voting Rights Act as well as articles published in numerous law reviews including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Michigan Law Review.

Rowan Miranda

Rowan Miranda is associate vice president for finance at the University of Michigan. He is responsible for the university's central financial functions (accounts payable, accounts receivable, procurement, accounting, payroll and sponsored programs), the external audited financial statements, financial analysis, internal controls, tax management, and treasury functions including cash, debt and risk management.

For over 20 years, Miranda has served as both a practitioner and an academic working on issues related to public sector financial management and service delivery. He has served as a consultant to nearly 150 public service organizations and has held senior financial management roles in the public sector. He has also written on a broad range of topics related to state and local government including public budgeting, property taxation, economic development finance, privatization and enterprise systems.

Prior to joining the University, Dr. Miranda served as an executive partner at Accenture, a global management consulting firm, leading its North American Finance and Performance Management Service Line for State and Local Government and Higher Education. In this role, he worked extensively with organizations such as Yale University, the U.S. General Services Administration, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the State of Ohio to help transform their financial and administrative functions.

In addition, Miranda's prior employment experience includes serving as the director of research and consulting for the Government Finance Officers Association, chief financial officer for Allegheny County, Pa., and director of budget and management for the city of Pittsburgh. He also has held several faculty appointments including assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh, adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and most recently as a faculty member for at the University of Chicago's Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies.

He holds a doctorate and a Master of Arts in public policy analysis from the University of Chicago, as well as a Master of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jeffery Morenoff

Jeffery Morenoff is Research Associate Professor of the Population Studies Center, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Faculty Associate at the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research. Dr. Morenoff's research interests focus on neighborhood environments, crime and criminal justice, the social determinants of health, and racial/ethnic/immigrant inequality. He is currently conducting research on prisoner reentry, the social context and spatial dynamics of health and crime, and neighborhood social processes.

Barry Rabe

Barry Rabe holds a primary appointment in the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy and is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He is also a faculty associate and former director of the Program in the Environment. During the 2008-09 academic year, he was a visiting professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he helped convene the National Conference on Climate Governance. Rabe is the author of Climate Policy Blueprint, a 2009 Miller Center report on key conference findings, and is the editor of the forthcoming book, Greenhouse Governance: Addressing Climate Change in the United States, scheduled for 2010 release by the Brookings Institution. Rabe has published widely on issues of state, local and intergovernmental involvement across a range of environmental issues. Much of his recent work has examined "bottom-up" approaches to climate change, with particular emphasis on the expanding state government role in this area and related challenges of intergovernmental governance. He is also involved in collaborative research on emerging environmental such as regulation of nanotechology. In 2007, he received the Daniel Elazar Award for Career Contribution to the Study of Federalism from the American Political Science Association. In 2006, he received a Climate Protection Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. In 2008-2010, he is president of the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations section of the American Political Science Association.

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