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Rachel Augustine Potter

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
S384 Gibson
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ph.D., Political Science & Public Policy

Rachel 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.

Visiting Scholar - Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)
August 25, 2018 – June 30, 2019
PLAP 3500: Special Topics in American Politics
Credits: 3
Topical offerings in American Politics
PLAP 3610: Introduction to Public Administration
Credits: 3
Studies the role of public administration in contemporary government, emphasizing administrative structure, control, and relations with other branches of government. Prerequisite: PLAP 1010, PLCP 1010, or instructor permission.
PLAP 4500: Special Topics in American Politics
Credits: 3
Investigates a selected issue in American government or American political development. Prerequisite: One course in PLAP or instructor permission.
PLAP 7000: American Politics Core Seminar
Credits: 3
This graduate core seminar is an introduction to the main topics in the study of American politics, including behavior, institutions, and American political development
PLAP 7010: American Political Institutions
Credits: 3
Provides a general introduction to the field of American political institutions. It is structured as a 'survey' course, providing both an overview of classic works and coverage of important new research in this subfield.
LPPP 7559: New Course in Public Policy and Leadership
Credits: 3
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
PLAD 8220: Graduate Development Seminar
Credits: 3
This course has three main objectives: to help you improve your written work; to teach you how to maximally benefit from discussing your written work with your colleagues, and to enable you to become a more incisive reader and helpful critic of your colleagues' work.