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

Mark Rush

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Curriculum Vitae

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, judicial activism, elections and democratic reform, civic education, higher education and law, and law and technology.

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, and a pup, Humphrey, who runs their lives.


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
Election Law
Voting Rights
Liberal Education and Liberal Democracy
Law and Technology


Pol 100: American National Government
Pol 105: Global Politics
Pol 180: The Future of Law: The Impact of Science and Technology
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