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School of Public Affairs
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Telephone:  608.262.3581
Fax: 608.265.3233

Last updated:
September 2, 2014


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La Follette School photo taken August 24, 2010, by Andy Manis

Susan Webb Yackee

Director; Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science

Office: 109 La Follette School, Observatory Hill Office Building
Phone: 608-265-6017
Fax: 608-265-3233

La Follette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin - Madison
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Susan Webb Yackee is Professor of Public Pffairs 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 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.  

Susan Webb Yackee speaks to federal officials during a dinner on Capitol Hill.

Susan Webb Yackee speaks to federal officials during a dinner on Capitol Hill. Also shown are U.S. Department of the Interior deputy secretary David Hayes and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

In 2013, the university awarded Yackee the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, which honors outstanding faculty members for their research contributions.  Additionally, she recently received a $500,000 Innovations in Regulatory Sciences Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.  She will use this grant 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, and a Harry S. Truman Scholar.  Her research has received four separate “Emerging Scholar Awards” from the top professional associations in her field.  Before beginning her academic training, Yackee worked as a legislative research assistant in the U.S. Senate.

Video Interview on Bureaucratic Rule-Making

Yackee Advises on Congressional Legislation

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