Michael McGinnis

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Visiting Faculty

Michael D. McGinnis is Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a Senior Research Fellow (and former Director) of The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, an inter-disciplinary research and teaching center focused on the study of institutions, development policy, resource management, and governance. The Workshop was initially established in 1973 by Vincent and Elinor Ostrom, and its continuing importance was dramatically recognized when Elinor Ostrom was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. McGinnis served as Director or Co-Director of the Ostrom Workshop for a total of 5 years since 2003, after serving as Associate Director for six years before that.

His current research focuses on the ways in which health care policy in the U.S. can be improved through increased collaboration among stakeholders at the community or regional level. He was Principal Investigator of the Managing the Health Commons research project, which applied principles of commons governance identified by Elinor Ostrom to the study of regional health and health care systems. He is a core faculty member of the ReThink Health Alliance, which was initially established and funded by The Fannie E. Rippel Foundation.