Rachel M. Krause

Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 4060P

Professor Rachel Krause is an Associate Professor and joined the faculty of the School of Public Affairs and Administration in the fall of 2013. Dr. Krause earned her B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from Rice University (2003), a M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin (2005) and her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Indiana University (2011).


Rachel teaches policy analysis, public policy and urban administration, and a class on sustainable communities in the MPA program.

Teaching Interests

  • Policy analysis
  • Urban policy
  • Local governance
  • Public policy
  • Research methods
  • Sustainability


Rachel's research focuses on issues of local governance and urban sustainability. She particularly focuses on the motivations, implementation, and consequences of greenhouse gas abatement efforts being taken at the local level. She is also involved in studies examining community perceptions of carbon capture and sequestration technologies and the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in urban centers. Much of her research utilizes survey methodologies and quantitative analysis.

Research Interests

  • Policy analysis
  • Environmental Policy
  • Climate protection
  • Local decision-making
  • Urban sustainability


Rachel is a member of the KU MPA committee. She regularly peer reviews articles for policy, urban, and environmental academic journals.

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Ranked in the top 10 master of public affairs programs in the nation
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#1 in the nation for city management and urban policy

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#5 in the nation for public management

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Three faculty have won W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence
Rosemary O’Leary is KU’s Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration
Four MPA graduates have been elected president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Founder of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART)
Four faculty are National Academy of Public Administration Fellows
Bob Kipp, vice president of Hallmark Cards, was a 2012 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, was a 2009 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
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