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CLOSUP Staff

Barry Rabe, Director

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Barry Rabe is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy; J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy at the Ford School of Public Policy; Professor of the Environment, College of Literature, Science and the Arts; Professor of Environmental Policy, School of Natural Resources and the Environment; and Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Barry's research examines the intersection of environmental protection and energy development in federal systems, with special interest in the role of American states and Canadian provinces in policy development and implementation. Much of his work in recent years has examined sub-federal climate policy and public opinion on climate issues, including ongoing collaboration in the development of the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment (NSEE). He has also expanded research in the past few years to consider policy issues related to state and local development of shale gas resources and serves on the 2013-14 National Research Council Committee on Risk Management and Governance Issues in Shale Gas Development.



Michael Crawford, Research Area Specialist

Michael joined CLOSUP in May 2011. He received his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan in 2005 and his Master's in Public Policy from Michigan State University in 2011. Prior to joining the Ford School, he worked on several research projects examining state and local government policies in Michigan. In addition to his focus on state and local government, Michael has an interest in intelligence policy and criminal justice.



Debra Horner, Project Manager

Debra joined CLOSUP in September 2008 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to help design, launch, and manage the Michigan Public Policy Survey. Following her fellowship, Debra became a regular member of the CLOSUP staff in September 2011, as the MPPS Project Manager. She received her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Michigan and has experience with survey research projects both in academia and the private sector. Her primary areas of research center on political attitudes and political participation with her dissertation research focusing on the concept of political interest and the different ways we can think about individuals' engagement in political processes. Debra is also Voter Service Chair for the League of Women Voters Oakland Area and an active volunteer at her three children's schools.



Thomas Ivacko, Administrator & Program Manager

Tom joined CLOSUP at its founding in the fall of 2001 and serves as the Center manager and administrator. He also oversees the Michigan Public Policy Survey program. He previously served as study manager, program manager and administrator for 11 years with the National Election Studies at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. Outside of work Tom has coached youth sports, and he serves as a board member and past president of a nature area non-profit organization that focuses on stewardship and elementary school environmental educational opportunities in Ann Arbor, MI. He has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's in public administration, both from the University of Michigan.



Bonnie Roberts, Project Coordinator

Bonnie joined CLOSUP in August 2008. She is responsible for coordinating various events and projects, as well as office and grant administration. She has a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Michigan University. Before joining CLOSUP, Bonnie was the Program Administrator for the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program, and Program Administrator and Events Manager for the UM Labor Studies Center at the Institute for Labor and Industrial Relations.



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