Woodrow Wilson

Department of Politics

Rachel Augustine Potter

Rachel Augustine Potter is an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia.  Her research interests include American political institutions, regulation, public policy, public administration, and the separation of powers.  Her book, Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy (University of Chicago Press, 2019), explores how unelected bureaucrats leverage procedures in order to exercise influence in the policymaking process. Her 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’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Theodore J. Lowi book award, the Richard E. Neustadt book award, the Kenneth J. Meier Award for the Best Paper in Bureaucratic Politics, the E.E. Schattschneider Award for the Best Dissertation in American Government, the Mancur Olson Award for the Best Dissertation in Political Economy, and the George C. Edwards III Award for the Best Dissertation in Presidency Research, among others.  She has testified before Congress as an expert on executive branch politics.
Before becoming a 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. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Southern California, and Boston College. 

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