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Rachel M. Krause

Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 4060P
University of Kansas


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.