Susan Dudley

Research Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration and Director, Regulatory Studies Center
Address: Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st St. NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-7543
Fax: 202-994-6792

Areas of Expertise

  • Regulatory policy
  • Federal regulatory procedure
  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Environmental policy
  • Health & safety regulation
  • Financial market regulation


Susan Dudley is Director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, which she established in 2009 to raise awareness of regulations’ effects and improve regulatory policy through research, education and outreach. She is also a research professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

From April 2007 through January 2009, Professor Dudley served as the Presidentially-appointed Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and was responsible for the review of draft executive branch regulations under Executive Order 12866, the collection of federal-government-wide policies in the areas of information policy, privacy, and statistical policy, and international regulatory cooperation efforts.

Prior to OIRA, she directed the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and taught courses on regulation at the George Mason University School of Law.

Earlier in her career, Professor Dudley served as an economist at OIRA, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. She was also a consultant to government and private clients at Economists Incorporated.



Master of Science degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT

Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Selected Publications:

“Comment on Löfstedt’s ‘The substitution principle in chemical regulation: a constructive critique,’” Journal of Risk Research, January 2014.

“Making the Social Cost of Carbon more Social,” Regulation, Vol. 36, Number 4. Winter 2013/2014, with Brian F. Mannix and Sofie E. Miller.

Sequester’s Impact on Regulatory Agencies Modest: An Analysis of the U.S. Budget for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014, a joint report of the GW Regulatory Studies Center and the Weidenbaum Center at Washington University in St. Louis.  With Melinda Warren, July 22, 2013.

 “The EPA’s Implausible Return on its Fine Particulate Standard,” Regulation, Vol. 36, Number 1. Spring 2013.

“Is the Execution of the Law Hyper-Partisan?” The Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 10 (summer 2012)

Regulation: A Primer. The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. August 2012. With Jerry Brito.

“Perpetuating Puffery: An Analysis of the Composition of OMB’s Reported Benefits of Regulation,” Business Economics, Vol. 47, No. 3. National Association for Business Economics, August 2012.

“Improving the Use of Science to Inform Environmental Regulation,” in Institutions and Incentives in Regulatory Science, Jason Scott Johnston, ed. Lexington Books 2012. With George M. Gray.

“Observations on OIRA’s 30th Anniversary,” Administrative Law Review, Vol. 63, Special Edition 2011.

 “Prospects for Regulatory Reform in 2011,” Engage, Volume 12, Issue 1, June 2011.

 “Alfred Kahn, 1917-2010,” Regulation, Vol. 34, No. 1, Spring 2011.

Personal Interests

  • Hiking & canoeing
  • Nature travel
  • Natural resource and historic preservation
  • Reading
  • Good food and wine


  • Public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States
  • Board member of the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis
  • Board member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses Legal Center
  • Executive committee member of the Federalist Society Administrative Law Group

Classes Taught

PPPA 6056  Regulatory Comment Clinic

Professor Susan Dudley Testifies Before Congress