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David Thacher

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Joint appointment with Public Policy

David is an associate professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. His work examines how empirical research can help us think more clearly about public policy values—both in general and in the specific areas of housing policy, criminal justice, and public management. 

Thacher received his PhD in public policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.


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