The Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics
Mark Rush Director of International Education and Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics
Mark Rush is the Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law and Director of the Center for International Education. 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. His writings have been published in numerous scholarly journals and in media outlets such as The Hill, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Richmond Times and The Roanoke Times and NPR. 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 presidential powers over foreign affairs, separation of powers, 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 directs the Writing Program at Washington and Lee and has worked extensively as a Professor of Spanish and professional translator. They have two sons, William and Alex. William graduated from Boston College, has a Master’s Degree from New York University. Alex is a member of the class of 2021 at the University of Virginia.
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (1990)
M.A., Johns Hopkins University (1988)
A.B., Harvard (1983)
Presidential power over foreign affairs
Separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution
Liberal Education and Liberal Democracy
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 380: Law, Science and Religion
Pol 397: Election Law
Pol 397: Cybersurveillance and Privacy