December 8th, 2017 - Posted by wichki

Mandated Minimum Lunch Time in Schools: A Viable Policy Approach to Address Obesity in Michigan

By: Karalyn Kiessling

Woman serving food to schoolchildren (10-13) in cafeteria

Obesity is a pervasive issue in the United States, especially in Michigan where 31.2% of adults and approximately 14% of children are obese. School-based policies are an integral part in addressing childhood obesity as children spend the majority of their time at school. Since the rise in child and adolescent obesity, schools have served as a place to encourage healthy lifestyle choices. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), for example, has revised the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program to be more nutritious in an effort to decrease obesity. Increased regulations surrounding “competitive foods” (those sold outside the meal programs) as well as new farm-to-school programs and school gardens have also been introduced to build healthy food environments. To promote physical activity, policies advocating the revival of recess and creating safe biking and walking routes to school have been put in place. Additionally, school wellness programs have been implemented in further efforts to tackle childhood obesity. All of these school-based policies aimed at reducing the number of overweight children and preventing adult obesity have been popular solutions to the growing obesity epidemic, but many have fallen short of their projected impact. Despite all these interventions, the obesity rate for school age children in Michigan continues to climb.

December 2nd, 2017 - Posted by ollewis

Volume 15 Call for Submissions


The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs will accept submissions for Volume 15 of the Journal through January 13, 2018.

The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs is accepting submissions for Volume 15 through January 13, 2018. Prior to submission, please read through our submission criteria, statement of disclosure, and copyright notice.

November 8th, 2017 - Posted by wichki

Redefining the Problem: Inequality in the United States

By: Hannah Bauman

Sphere, Seesaw, Imbalance, Horizontal, Contrasts, Comparison

The United States’ image as the land of opportunity stubbornly persists despite mounting evidence to the contrary: American children’s prospects of earning more than their parents have fallen from 90% to 50% over the last century. According to Stanford University economist Raj Chetty, “It’s basically a coin flip whether you’ll do better than your parents.” The shock value of these facts masks a far more subtle and pervasive problem in our country—the way inequality, mobility, poverty, and success is measured in the United States is ineffective and incomplete.

September 21st, 2017 - Posted by kkaupa

Michigan Journal of Public Affairs, Volume 14, 2017 Print Edition

January 10th, 2017 - Posted by cmconway

Upcoming Deadline and Q&A

REMINDER: Submissions to the 2017 edition of MJPA (Volume 14) are due Sunday, January 15, at 11:59pm EST. See our previous post or the Submissions Guidelines page for details, and use this form to submit your work.

Have questions? Chat with us during two drop-in sessions this week, whether you’re local or remote. And of course feel free to contact us any other time as you finalize your piece.

Wed., 1/11, 5-7pm & Thurs., 1/12, 12-1pm
In person: Ford School Great Hall (Weill Hall, just inside State & Hill entrance)
Online: Facebook chat @FordSchoolMJPA or email

MJPA Q&A on 1/11 and 1/12

November 8th, 2016 - Posted by cmconway

Send us your Work!

MJPA 2017 Flyer

Whether you have a research paper, policy memo, topical note, or some kind of thing we don’t even know about yet, we want to read it! We are calling for submissions to the 2017 Michigan Journal of Public Affairs from any author, from any program or institution or location around the world, on any topic. The deadline is January 15, 2017. 

This year we are making a special call for writing on health equity, housing policy, or criminal justice, which you can choose to submit to our special issue section if you wish.

Submission guidelines:

  • Articles should not exceed 6,000 words (including endnotes and citations)
  • Notes, such as book reviews or commentary on developing policy issues, should not exceed 3,000 words (including endnotes and citations)
  • Abstracts are required for all notes and articles
  • Special issue submissions must be less than 2,000 words, or two pages if submitting original graphic designs or photos. The submission form will prompt you to explain your piece’s relevance to the 2017 special issue topics (health equity, housing policy, criminal justice)
  • Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS). In-text citations are not required for special issue category submissions, but if included, must follow CMOS
  • All published articles must include endnote citations; footnotes will not be accepted

Submission process: 

  1. Complete this form and attach your submission(s) as directed
  2. Email with a .DOC, .DOCX, or .WPD version of your work(s) as a backup. Please do not submit .PDF or other files. The subject line of your email should be in this format: Last Name, First Initial–Winter 2017 MJPA (Article/Note/Special Issue) Submission

Good luck, and feel free to contact us with any questions! 

October 6th, 2016 - Posted by cmconway

Event Slides and Application Link

It was great seeing everyone who came out to our Volume 13 launch party, and we want to extend a big thank-you to authors Chelsea, Luis, and Shireen for speaking to us about your papers! If you were unable to join us, check out our slides and Facebook album from the event.

Now, start filling out those editor applications… we’d love to work with you this year. The application for both senior and associate editor positions is due Tuesday, October 18 and available here.

Next up: we’ll be releasing our official 2016-17 call for submissions next week!

Launch event speaker










October 2nd, 2016 - Posted by cmconway

MJPA Volume 13 Launch Party!

Flyer with launch party details

Please join the staff of the Michigan Journal of Public Affairs (MJPA) Tuesday, Oct. 4, for a celebration of our student-run policy journal’s 13th volume!

The launch party will feature remarks by Dean Susan M. Collins, a presentation by author Chelsea Racelis about her paper on Singapore’s domestic workers, opportunities to get involved with the next edition as a contributor or editor, and free food! This event is open to the public and all are welcome.

Volume 13 features authors from a variety of programs and universities on a range of fascinating topics:
1. Human capital theory and practice: The effect of tuition increases on college major selection by Rashid Malik and Austin Slaughter
2. Natural disasters and the United States’ electricity grid: The role of FEMA and the values of micro-grids by Gilbert Michaud
3. Ban the box: An evaluation by Selamawit Misgano
4. The necessity of taxation justice for a more profound decolonization process in Ecuador by Luis Salvador
5. Permission denied: Sina Weibo behind China’s great firewall by Xin Xu
6. The Iraqi constitutional process by Ashley Connelly
7. Singapore’s domestic workers: Changing public attitudes by Chelsea Racelis
8. Analyzing the 2006 One Million Signatures Campaign: Toward a critical understanding of legally enforced gender inequality in Iran by Shireen Smalley

To connect with MJPA, like our Facebook page or join the conversation using #MJPA2016.

September 17th, 2016 - Posted by jbarocio

MJPA Volume 13 (2016) Published

MJPA Volume 13 Ad

The editorial board of the Michigan Journal of Public Affairs is pleased to announce publication of the 2016 edition of the journal, Volume 13. View it here!


In our call for papers this year, we established the first-ever special issue for the journal, around the theme of Constitutional Rights and Freedoms. This volume offers an excellent array of papers on this topic and others:

  • Human Capital Theory and Practice: The Effect of Tuition Increases on College Major Selection by Rashid Malik and Austin Slaughter

  • Natural Disasters and the United States’ Electricity Grid: The Role of FEMA and the Value of Micro-Grids by Gilbert Michaud

  • Ban the Box: An Evaluation by Selamawit Misgano

  • The Necessity of Taxation Justice for a More Profound Decolonization Process in Ecuador by Luis Salvador

  • Permission Denied: Sina Weibo Behind China’s Great Firewall by Xin Xu

  • The Iraqi Constitutional Process by Ashley Connelly

  • Singapore’s Domestic Workers: Changing Public Attitudes by Chelsea Racelis

  • Analyzing the 2006 One Million Signatures Campaign: Toward a Critical understanding of Legally Enforced Gender Inequality in Iran by Shireen Smalley

We want to extend our thanks to all of the authors featured in Volume 13 for working with us to showcase some of the finest student-penned policy scholarship available. Additionally, we appreciate the efforts of our editorial staff; the guidance of our faculty advisor, Paula M. Lantz, PhD; and the longstanding support of the Dean’s Office here at the Ford School.

We are delighted to share this issue with you and encourage you to answer our call for submissions to Volume 14!

October 5th, 2015 - Posted by dflewis

New deadline–submissions for spring 2016 (Vol. 13) publication

The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs is now accepting submissions for our spring volume. The deadline is December 31, 2015 at 11:59pm; head on over to our submissions page for more information.