Mike Ford, founder of Xavier's American Dream institute, dies on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at age 65

Ford was a longtime Democratic political strategist and consultant | November 8, 2013

Xavier alumnus Michael Ford, a prominent Democratic political analyst and founding director of Xavier's Center for the Study of the American Dream, died on Tuesday, Nov. 5, after a five-year battle with melanoma.

After graduating in 1970 with a degree in political science, he went on to a 35-year career as a political consultant, working with a long list of well-known Democratic officials and politicians. He was an analyst on “The Today Show” and “Larry King Live” and served as a political consultant for the film of Stephen King’s “Dead Zone.”

In 1980, Ford ran the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s primary campaign against Jimmy Carter, which they lost. But the experience, he said, set him up for his long career in politics.

Ford helped launch the American Dream institute at Xavier in 2008. The Center for the Study of the American Dream, originally named the Institute for Politics and Public Life, studies the concept and history of the American Dream and conducts annual surveys about the Dream.

Read a story in Xavier magazine about Ford’s work with the Center for the Study of the American Dream.

Read a profile of Mike Ford in Xavier magazine.

Visit the Center’s web page to learn more about its work.

Read a story about Ford in the Daily Kos and The Washington Post.