CLOSUP Faculty Affiliates are engaged with the Center's research and outreach projects, events, and student development efforts. Current Faculty Affiliates include:
Professor of Political Science
Director, Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion
Dr. Christopher P. Borick is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. He is a nationally recognized public opinion researcher who has conducted over 300 large-scale public opinion surveys during the past two decades. The results of these surveys have appeared in numerous periodicals including The Wall St Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. He has also provided analysis for the BBC, National Public Radio, PBS, MSNBC, CBS News and NBC Nightly News and had his survey results aired on, CNN, FOX News and C-Span. During his career he has conducted surveys for a variety of government agencies and organizations including the Center for Disease Control, PBS, The Wisconsin Department of Commerce, the Oneida Indian Nation, The U.S. Department of Labor, and Habitat for Humanity. He is co director of the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment (NSEE) and currently conducts surveys for the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has served as President of both the Wisconsin Political Science Association and the Pennsylvania Political Science Association.
Professor Borick received his undergraduate education at The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters Degree from East Stroudsburg University. He completed his doctoral work at The State University of New York at Binghamton in the area of public policy. He has government experience at both the federal and local levels, including positions with the Internal Revenue Service and Monroe County Pennsylvania Planning Commission. He has published over thirty articles and four books in the area of public policy, public opinion and environmental policy, and has held teaching positions at The State University of New York at Cortland, St. Norbert College, Lehigh University and currently at Muhlenberg College. He has won numerous teaching and advising awards during his career, most recently receiving The Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award at Muhlenberg College. He and his wife Lisa reside in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with their two children: Sam who is nineteen and John who is fifteen.
Associate Professor and
Chair, Policy Analysis and Public Finance
Sanya Carley is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Policy Analysis and Public Finance faculty at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Her research focuses on electricity and transportations policy, and the effects, effectiveness, and unintended consequences of these policies. She also researches energy-based economic development and public perceptions of emerging energy technologies. Dr. Carley has extensive consulting experience with the World Bank, RTI International, ARCeconomics, The Nicholas Institute, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She is a managing editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and on the editorial boards of Public Administration Review and Energy Research & Social Science. She received her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and bachelor’s degrees in economics and sustainable development from Swarthmore College.
Professor Emeritus of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
John R. Chamberlin is a professor emeritus of political science and public policy. His research interests include ethics and public policy, professional ethics, and methods of election and representation. He taught the core course "Values, Ethics, and Public Policy" at the Ford School. He was the director of the Ford School's BA in Public Policy program from 2007-2011 and the director of U-M's Center for Ethics in Public Life from 2008-2011. John has a BS in industrial engineering from Lehigh University and a PhD in decision sciences from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Jack L. Walker Jr. Collegiate Professor of Public Policy
Professor of Political Science
Research Associate,Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research
Elisabeth R. Gerber is the Jack L. Walker Jr. Collegiate Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Professor of Political Science (by courtesy), and Research Associate at the Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. She is co-PI of the Detroit Metro Area Communities Study and director of the Ford School’s Program in Practical Policy Engagement. She previously served as founding director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (2001-2005) and as Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement at the Ford School (2016-2020).
Gerber’s research focuses on urban, regional and metropolitan policy, especially in the areas of sustainability, transportation, and water policy; climate adaptation; and community, workforce, and economic development. She is the author of The Populist Paradox: Interest Group Influence and the Promise of Direct Legislation (1999), co-author of Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy (2000), and co-editor of Voting at the Political Fault Line: California's Experiment with the Blanket Primary (2001) and Michigan at the Millennium (2003). Recent publications include “Getting Bipartisan Support for Sea Level Rise Adaptation Policies” (Ocean and Coastal Management, 2020), "Public Perceptions of Collaborative Governance in Transportation Policy" (Political Research Quarterly, 2020), and “The Challenge of Externally Generated Collaborative Governance: California’s Attempt at Regional Water Management” (Annual Review of Public Administration, 2020), all with Bruce E. Cain and Iris Hui.
Gerber was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012 and previously served as vice-chair of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Professor of Health Management and Policy, Global Public Health, and Political Science
Senior Expert Advisor on Health Governance for the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Scott L. Greer, Ph.D, a political scientist, is Professor of Health Management and Policy, Global Public Health, and (by courtesy) Political Science at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Senior Expert Advisor on Health Governance for the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.
He researches the politics of health policies, with a special focus on the politics and policies of the European Union and the impact of federalism on health care. Before coming to Michigan, he taught at University College London. He has published over fifty book chapters and articles in journals including the British Medical Journal, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. His most recent books include Everything you always wanted to know about European Union health policies but were afraid to ask (2014), Strengthening health system governance: better policies, stronger performance (2015), Federalism and Decentralization in European Health and Social Care (2013), and European Union Public Health Policies (2013).
Associate Professor of Political Science
Erick Lachapelle is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Montreal (officially known as l’Université de Montréal). He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and is the principal investigator for the Canadian Surveys on Energy and Environment (CSEE). Broadly focused on issues surrounding energy and the environment, his work examines the interactions among media, public opinion, and public policy.
Lecturer in Public Policy
Stephanie Leiser is a lecturer at the Ford School. Her general area of interest is in public finance, budgeting, and financial management, and she has particular expertise in state and local tax policy, tax incentives for business, and other issues related to the taxation of business. She was previously a lecturer at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, where she also earned her Ph.D. in 2014. Stephanie has taught courses in public budgeting and financial management, tax policy, nonprofit financial management, and microeconomics. A Ford School alum (MPP '05), she has also worked as a tax policy analyst for the Michigan legislature and continues to consult with leaders in Lansing on tax policy issues.
Assistant Professor of Practice
Gilbert Michaud, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. His research focuses on renewable energy policy, electric utilities, and economic and workforce development, and he has led several projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Small Business Administration, and American Electric Power, among others. For his applied work portfolio, Dr. Michaud was awarded a faculty sustainability research award from Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability, as well as a Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 award, both in 2018. In 2019, he won the “Best Article of the Year” Award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for his paper, “Non-utility photovoltaic deployment: Evaluation of U.S. state-level policy drivers.”
Michaud has published numerous academic articles in peer-reviewed journals, is author or co-author of over 80 white paper reports and commentary articles, and has been quoted in several news media outlets, including NPR, Bloomberg Law, S&P Global, and WalletHub. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as an advanced certificate in Data Analytics from Cornell University.
Senior Project Manager, Graham Sustainability Institute
Sarah Mills is a senior project manager at the Graham Sustainability Institute, where she manages the Climate + Energy activities. This includes a grant from the Michigan Office of Climate and Energy to help communities across the state consider energy in their land use planning, zoning, and other policymaking. Sarah also conducts research at the intersection of energy policy and land use planning--especially in rural communities. Her current work focuses on how renewable energy development impacts rural communities (positively and negatively), the disparate reactions of rural landowners to wind and solar projects, and how state and local policies facilitate or hinder renewable energy deployment, some of which is in conjunction with the Ford School Renewable Energy Support Fund. She was previously on staff at CLOSUP, where she helped managed the MPPS, and CLOSUP's Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative (EEPI), including the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment (NSEE).
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Professor of Environmental Policy
Professor of Political Science
Professor of the Environment
Barry Rabe is the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy at the Ford School. He is also the Arthur Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy, with courtesy appointments in the Program in the Environment, the Department of Political Science, and the School for Environment and Sustainability. A non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Barry directed the Ford School’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) from 2012-2019 and was a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2015. As CLOSUP Director, Barry established CLOSUP’s Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative, and the CLOSUP in the Classroom Initiative that continues to link the Center’s research activities with teaching to enhance and expand student learning opportunities.
Barry’s research examines climate and energy politics. His most recent books include TRUMP, THE ADMINISTRATIVE PRESIDENCY, AND FEDERALISM with Frank Thompson and Kenneth Wong (Brookings, 2020) and CAN WE PRICE CARBON? (MIT, 2018). He is also the co-editor of ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: NEW DIRECTIONS FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY with Norman Vig and Michael Kraft (CQ/SAGE, 2021). He has received four awards for his research from the American Political Science Association, including the 2017 Martha Derthick Award for enduring impact in the fields of federalism and intergovernmental relations. In recent years, Barry has chaired the Assumable Waters Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has served on recent National Academy of Public Administration panels examining the Departments of Commerce and Interior as well as the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. He is currently a member of the U-M Carbon Neutrality Commission.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Kaitlin Raimi is an assistant professor of public policy at the Ford School. A social psychologist, her interests center on how social motivations have the potential to promote or prevent sustainable behaviors. Raimi's research focuses on how people compare their own beliefs and behaviors to those of other people, how the desire to make a good impression can influence people to mitigate climate change, and how adopting one sustainable behavior affects subsequent environmental decisions. She completed an MA and PhD in social psychology from Duke University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment at Vanderbilt University.
Assistant Professor, School for Environment & Sustainability
Tony G. Reames is an assistant professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability and directs the Urban Energy Justice Lab which researches topics at the intersection of energy and equity. He has a PhD in public administration from the University of Kansas, a Masters in engineering management from Kansas State University, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Dr. Reames conducts research in the emerging field of energy justice, which investigates fair and equitable access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy technology. His research employs energy analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and policy analysis tools to study disparities in urban residential energy dynamics focusing on the production and persistence of spatial, racial, and socioeconomic inequality.