Arthur Lupia

Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation


Office of the Vice President for Research
1109 Geddes Ave., 1300 Ruthven Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079

Assistant: Karen Houghtaling, Senior Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Research and Innovation, 734-936-2680,

Dr. Arthur Lupia is interim vice president for research and innovation at the University of Michigan, where he is responsible for fostering the excellence and integrity of research across all three campuses. As interim vice president, Lupia leads the Office of the Vice President for Research, whose mission is to catalyze, support and safeguard U-M research and scholarship activity.

Lupia has vast experience as a researcher, administrator and educator, whose federal service spans two U.S. presidential administrations.

Lupia joined U-M in 2001 as a professor of political science and a research professor at the Institute for Social Research. He was appointed the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor from 2006-20, and the Gerald R. Ford Distinguished University Professor in 2020.

Lupia served from 2018-22 as an assistant director of the National Science Foundation, where he developed strategies to increase the public value of research across NSF’s entire portfolio.

He also co-chaired the governmentwide Subcommittee on Open Science for the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy between 2019-22, convening leaders from more than 30 federal agencies to increase access to, and the public value of, federally funded research.

In 2022, he became executive director of Bold Challenges, where he leads collaborations with research centers and institutes across all three U-M campuses to address societal challenges that intersect with equity, health, infrastructure and sustainability. He was named an associate vice president for research in 2023.

Lupia is a recipient of U-M’s President’s Award for Public Impact. He is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Strategic Council for Research Excellence, Integrity, and Trust, and serves on the National Academies’ Advisory Board for Engineering and the Physical Sciences

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Rochester, and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology.