Professor and Director
Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University

Ph.D., Political Science, Northwestern University |

Dr. Beecher has served as Director of the Institute of Public Utilities since 2002, bringing more than thirty years of applied research experience to the position. Her areas of interest include regulatory institutions, principles, and pricing and she specializes in the water sector. She is a frequent author, lecturer, and participant in professional forums and Editor of the journal Utilities Policy (Elsevier). She is editing a book series for MSU Press and coauthored Risk Principles for Public Utility Regulators (2016). She presently serves on the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Finance Advisory Board. In 2016, she served on Michigan’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission. Dr. Beecher previously held positions at The Ohio State and Indiana Universities and the Illinois Commerce Commission. She has taught graduate courses in public policy and regulation. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University. 
Read Bio




Operations Manager
Institute of Public Utilities
B.S. Michigan State University






Graduate Research Assistant
Institute of Public Utilities
B.S. , Environmental Economics & Policy, Michigan State University



nior Fellows


Kenneth ROSE

Senior Fellow, Economics
Independent Consultant, Michigan State University                         
Ph.D., Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago



Steven KIHM

Senior Fellow, Finance
Principal and Chief Economist, Seventhwave
M.B.A., Finance, M.S, Quantitative Analysis, University of Wisconsin at Madison




Senior Fellow, Telecom
Consultant, Gillan Associates
M.A. Economics, University of Wyoming



Faculty Associates 


Joydeep MITRA 

Senior Faculty Associate 
Professor, Electric Power & Energy Systems, Michigan State University
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University 



Soren Anderson


Faculty Associate
Associate Professor of Economics, Michigan State University
Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan 



Johannes M. Bauer

Johannes M. BAUER 

Senior Faculty Associate 
Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, MSU
Ph.D., Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration 




Faculty Associate
Director, Extension Center for Local Government Finance & Policy, MSU
Ph.D., Colorado State University 



Adam Candeub


Faculty Associate 
Director, Intellectual Property, Information & Communications, MSU College of Law
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School 


Elizabeth CONNORS

Faculty Associate
Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Ph.D., Accounting, Michigan State University 



William A Knudson

William KNUDSON 

Faculty Associate 
Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University
Ph.D., Philosophy and Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University 



Thomas D. Jeitschko


Faculty Associate 
Department of Economics, Michigan State University
Ph.D., Economic Theory, University of Virginia 



Doug Jones

Douglas JONES 

Faculty Associate 
Professor (Emeritus) of Public Policy & Management, Ohio State University
Ph.D., Economics, Ohio State University 



Harry Trebing


Professor and Faculty Associate 
Founder and Director Emeritus of the Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University
Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin