Rachel Augustine Potter

2018-2019 CSDP Fellow
Office Phone
225 Corwin Hall (mail to: CSDP 224 Corwin Hall)


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 influence of separation of powers on bureaucratic decision-making. Her current book project, Bending the Rules: Procedural Politics in the American Administrative State, addresses how bureaucrats use procedures to exercise power during the notice-and-comment rulemaking process.

Rachel received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2014. 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.

While at CSDP, Rachel will develop two articles, which will form the core of her second book project on the politics of government outsourcing: The Political Economy of Outsourcing in the American States -- Do specific political conditions make it more or less likely that a state government will outsource services it has traditionally provided?; and Savings at What Cost? Government Outsourcing and the Public Trust – What are the political costs of state government outsourcing?

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