Susan Webb Yackee

Position title: Professor | American Politics


Phone: (608) 265-6017

402 North Hall

Affiliated with LaFollette School of Public Affairs


Ph.D. in Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003

M.A. in Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000

B.A. in Business Administration, Concordia College, 1997

Research Interests:

Bureaucratic Politics, Interest Groups, Policy Making, Political Institutions, Regulation

Interview about her research on rule-making


Susan Webb Yackee is a Collins-Bascom Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science at UW-Madison.  She also serves as the Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Her research and teaching interests include the U.S. public policymaking process, public management, regulation, administrative law, and interest group politics. Yackee has published articles in a number of journals, including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, British Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Yackee received the 2019 Herbert A. Simon Career Contribution Award from the Midwest Public Administration Caucus.  It is the highest award in the field of political science for the study of bureaucracy and public administration. She also received the Kellett Mid-Career Award for her research from UW-Madison in 2019.  Yackee’s article “Clerks or Kings? Partisan Alignment and Delegation to the U.S. Bureaucracy” (with Christine Palus) won the 2017 Beryl Radin Award for the best article published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Yackee is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration. She is an elected Board member for the Public Management Research Association and a member of the Board of Editors at the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, and Perspectives on Public Management & Governance. She is currently working on a $500,000 Innovations in Regulatory Sciences Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to study regulatory policymaking at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In the past, Yackee was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She also served as a Smith Richardson Domestic Policy Fellow, a UW-Madison Vilas Associate Professor, a UW-Madison H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, and a Harry S. Truman Scholar. As a junior scholar, Yackee’s research received four “Emerging Scholar Awards” from various professional associations. She worked as a legislative research assistant in the U.S. Senate before beginning her academic training.



PS 205 Introduction to State Government Fall 2018-2019
PS 878 Introduction to Public Management Spring 2017-2018


Herbert Simon Award, given annually to a mid-career political scientist for significant contributions to the scientific study of bureaucracy.

H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship Award

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s Poster Session Award for Excellent Research by New and Emerging Scholars, 2010, for “Regulatory Uncertainty and Rulemaking Deadlines” (with Stéphane Lavertu).