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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, Felix the fox and the Harrisons, a family of red-tailed hawks.

Director of Research Speaks at Operation Action U.P.

Van Beek discusses effects of and solutions to over regulation … more

Statewide Ridesharing Regulations

A simple solution to the Uber lawsuit … more

Legislature Actively Considers Criminal Justice Reforms

Fixing Detroit Schools – Five Principles

ChoosingCharters.com Highlights Power of School Choice in Michigan

Students, families attribute freedom in education to success in school … more

Fixing Detroit Schools – Five Principles

The right approach could benefit students and protect taxpayers … more

A Lesson from the Land of Lincoln: Electricity Competition Works

Michiganders could have saved $10.6 billion in energy costs … more

The Case for Energy Competition

Study shows states without a monopoly have better, cheapter power … more

Incentives and the Electricity Industry in Michigan

Gary Wolfram's recommendations for a better power market … more

State Media Features Overcriminalization Fight

Mackinac Center partners with ACLU, others … more