Mark Rush Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law
Professor Rush is the Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law. He has been with Washington and Lee since arriving in the summer of 1990 from Johns Hopkins where he received his Ph.D. He received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard.
Prof. Rush’s scholarly interests are diverse. He has written extensively on U.S. politics, Constitutional Law in the United States and Canada, elections and democracy around the world, and global affairs. Most recently, he authored Judging Democracy with Christopher Manfredi (McGill) and numerous additional articles in scholarly journals such as The Review of Politics, Publius, The McGill Law Journal, The Journal of Law and Politics and PS: Political Science and Politics. His writings have also appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Richmond Times and The Roanoke Times. He is also a frequent commentator on National Public Radio and the Arabian News Network.From 2010-2013, he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. His current scholarly work and interests include international politics, the Middle East, judicial activism, elections and democratic reform, civic education, higher education and law and sports.
Prof. Rush is married to Florinda Ruiz, whom he met at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Ruiz is a Professor of Spanish and professional translator. They have two sons, William and Alex. William graduated from Boston College and is finishing a master’s program in Higher Education Management at NYU. Alex is a freshman at Rockbridge County High School where he is also on the golf team and swim team.
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (1990)
M.A., Johns Hopkins University (1988)
A.B., Harvard (1983)
Constitutional Law, Election Law, Democracy, and International Politics
- Pol 100: American National Government
- Pol 105: Global Politics
- Pol 236: The Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
- Pol 240: Elections and Democracy in Western Governments
- Pol 307: Election Law