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M.A., University of Michigan, Political Science
M.P.P., University of Southern California, Public Policy
B.A., Boston College, Communication
Rachel Augustine Potter is an Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the hidden politics of procedure and process in American political institutions, with a particular focus on the bureaucracy and regulation.
Her book Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy (University of Chicago Press, 2019) received two awards from American Political Science Association and an award from the National Academy of Public Administration. Her other research has appeared in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Public Policy, among other journals.
Dr. Potter has testified before Congress and is a regular contributor to the Brookings Institution Center on Regulation and Markets. Before becoming a political scientist, she worked for a number of government bureaucracies, including the White House Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior.
Louis Brownlow Award for the best book on public administration, National Academy of Public Administration, 2020
Theodore J. Lowi Award for the best rst book in any eld of political science, APSA-IPSA, 2020
Richard E. Neustadt Award for the best book on executive politics, APSA, 2020
Kenneth J. Meier Award for the Best Paper in Bureaucratic Politics, Public Administration, or Public Policy, MPSA, 2017
E.E. Schattschneider Award for the Best Dissertation in American Government, APSA, 2016
Mancur Olson Award for the Best Dissertation in Political Economy, APSA Political Economy Section, 2016
George C. Edwards III Award for the Best Dissertation in Presidency Research, APSA Presidency and Executive Politics Section, 2016
David Naveh Founders Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper, APSA Presidency and Executive Politics Section, 2013
Special Achievement Award, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 2006