Rachel Augustine Potter

Rachel Augustine PotterRachel Augustine Potter is an Assistant Professor of Politics.  Her research interests include American political institutions, regulation, public policy, public administration, and the influence of separation of powers on bureaucratic decision-making.  Her current book project addresses why some government agencies are successful in the notice-and-comment rulemaking process, while others fail. Her most recent research appears in International Studies Quarterly.

Dr. Potter received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where she was the recipient of the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. She is also the recipient of the Presidential Management Fellowship, the Robert Bosch Fellowship, as well as a number of research grants and awards including the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy research grant and the APSA David Naveh Founders Award for the best graduate student paper.  Before becoming a full-time political scientist, she worked for a number of governmental institutions, including the White House Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior.

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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ph.D., Political Science & Public Policy


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