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Michael Van Beek

Director of Research

Michael Van Beek is director of research for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He joined the Mackinac Center in June 2009 as director of education policy. He has authored several studies for the Center as well as analysis and commentaries that have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, The Grand Rapids Press, The Oakland Press and elsewhere.

For four years prior to working at the Center, Van Beek taught political philosophy, government, economics and history at North Hills Classical Academy, a private primary and secondary school in Grand Rapids. He also served one year as a North Hills assistant administrator.

Van Beek obtained his Master of Arts in American history from Purdue University and his Bachelor of Arts in history from Hope College.

He lives in Midland, Mich., with his wife, three children, a dog and an assortment of semi-domesticated creatures, including a coyote named Gandalf, a fox named Felix and the Harrisons, a family of red-tail hawks.

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FTC to Michigan Legislature: End Car Protectionism

Let consumers buy cars from whomever they want … more

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Public Letter on Direct Automobile Sales

Center signs on to letter explaining why state should allow car manufacturers to sell directly to consumers. … more

One Step Toward 'Reinventing' Michigan

Governor, Legislature can embrace innovation. … more

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The poor are helped the most. … more

Issues & Ideas Forum Dec. 4 in Lansing

Our growing occupational licensing regime. … more

Michigan Bill Could Give Ride-Sharing an Uber Lift

Bill prohibits local governments from further regulation … more

Free the Food

Cottage food industry regulations need revamp. … more