Susan Webb Yackee is a Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, and is 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.
In 2015, the university named Yackee a "Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor," which honors outstanding faculty members for their research contributions. 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.
Yackee and La Follette School Professor Don Moynihan were the co-leaders of the 2013 Public Management Research Conference in Madison. The conference attracted 370 scholars from more than 20 countries.
In the past, Dr. Yackee was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has 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.