Rachel MacMaster

Political Science / Ph.D. Student

Rachel McMaster

Contact Information


Curriculum Vitae


American Politics, Law and Courts


American political development, American constitutional law; civil rights and liberties; public law; constitutional development; race and gender politics; executive-judicial relations; law and society.


A native of northern Michigan, Rachel earned a bachelor's degree from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) with majors in political science and women's and gender studies. While at Marquette, she studied at University College Dublin in Ireland, and held internships with Senator Herb Kohl and at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

Research Projects

Rachel's research investigates the relationship between the branches of government given separation of powers in the fragmented American state. She is currently crafting a theory of interbranch cooperation (as opposed to interbranch competition) when prerogatives overlap. The most recent iteration of this project investigates Chevron​ deference and the relationship between the executive and judicial branches. 

Teaching Information

Teaching assistant for PSC 121: Introduction to American Government and Politics