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Assistant Professor of Public Administration, The University of Montana

Sara Rinfret is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Montana, Missoula where she teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level on regulatory policy, environmental policy, state and local government, public policy, public administration, and American politics. Her main area of research is focused on environmental regulations. More specifically, she is interested in the interactions between agencies and interest groups during the stages of environmental rulemaking at the federal and state level. To date, her work has been published in Society and Natural Resources, Environmental Politics, Review of Policy Research, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, PS: Political Science and Politics, Public Administration Quarterly, and the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy. She has co-authored two books: The Lilliputians of Environmental Regulation: The Perspective of State Regulators (Routledge) and U.S. Environmental Policy: A Practical Approach to Understanding Implementation (Palgrave) (co-written with Michelle Pautz). Most recently, she was selected as a Fulbright Specialist in public administration to study at the University of Aarhus (Denmark). She holds a MPA from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Arizona University.


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    Assistant Professor of Political Science, The University of Montana