La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee is one of 15 professors named to a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship this year by the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The award recognizes distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service.
"I am honored and humbled by this award," says Yackee, thanking the selection committee for recognizing her and her colleagues' scholarly work. "My work and that of so many other scholars – who are far more talented than me – keep UW-Madison the world-class university it is."
Yackee's 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 2013, the university awarded Yackee the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, which honors outstanding faculty members for their research contributions. Additionally, she received 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.
The professorship provides $75,000 in flexible funding over five years, two-thirds of which is provided by the Office of the Provost through the generosity of the trustees of the estate of professor, senator and university regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908). The College of Letters and Science will provide the remaining third.