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Tom Ivacko is associate director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He joined CLOSUP at its founding in the fall of 2001. He also oversees the Michigan Public Policy Survey program, and previously served for 11 years as study manager, program manager and administrator of the National Election Studies program at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.

Ivacko has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration, both from the University of Michigan.

January 7, 2019

Will the National Partisan Breakdown Infect Our Communities?

Discourse remains mostly civil at the local level, a Michigan survey finds, but there are some red flags.
April 13, 2016

What Is Lost When a State Takes Over a City

The ruining of Flint's water after the state stepped in holds lessons — and difficult questions — for governments everywhere.