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

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.

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