Janice A. Beecher

Janice  Beecher
  • Director
  • Institute of Public Utilities


Website: http://ipu.msu.edu/ipu-people


Dr. Janice Beecher was appointed as Director of the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University in 2002 and now brings more than thirty years of applied research experience to the position. Her areas of interest include regulatory institutions, theory, and principles, and utility pricing, and she specializes in the water sector. She is a frequent author, lecturer, and participant in professional forums. She is Editor of the journal Utilities Policy (Elsevier) and a book series for MSU Press. She co-authored the book, Risk Principles for Public Utility Regulators (2016), and has several works in progress. Dr. Beecher is presently serving on the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Finance Advisory Board and has served as an appointed advisor to the State of Michigan on infrastructure and water policy. She previously held positions at The Ohio State and Indiana Universities and the Illinois Commerce Commission and is a faculty member of MSU’s Department of Political Science (College of Social Science), where she has taught graduate courses in public policy and regulation. She holds a B.A. in Economics, Political Science, and History from Elmhurst College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University. 


  • Regulatory institutions
  • Utility pricing
  • Water research and policy
  • Infrastructure