Carrie Gates | February 11, 2021
Molly Spencer ’94 knows how much words matter.
As a writing instructor in the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and and the author of two books of poetry, she appreciates the connotation, the shades of meaning, the nuance in every word.
“People often ask me how it is that I teach policy writing and write poetry because they seem like such opposite pursuits. But I feel that they’re actually very closely aligned — policy practitioners and poets all care so deeply about the world,” Spencer said. “And as in poetry, in policy work it’s important to get the words just right because of the way policy shapes our society and our everyday lives.”
Spencer, who majored in economics, said one of the things she enjoys most about teaching is helping her policy students understand how simply changing a few words can make a big difference.
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