Mark Rush Director of International Education and Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law

Mark Rush

Center for Global Learning
Curriculum Vitae

Mark 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 Presidential Studies, 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 presidential powers over foreign affairs, 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, has a Master’s Degree from New York University and serves as assistant director of student activities at St. Peter’s University. Alex is a junior at Rockbridge County High School where he is on the swim team, writes for the school newspaper and serves on the student government.


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 380: Law, Science and Religion
  • Pol 397: Election Law