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Faculty Image Sara Rinfret
Office: Liberal Arts 352
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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, 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, and the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy. She co-authored The Lilliputians of Environmental Regulation: The Perspective of State Regulators with Michelle Pautz. And most recently, her environmental policy textbook, U.S. Environmental Policy: A Practical Approach to Understanding Implementation was released in paperback with Palgrave (also co-written with Michelle Pautz)  She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Arizona University.

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Field Of Study:

Regulatory policy, interest groups, environmental policy, public policy, public administration, state and local government


Public Administration (361); Public Policy Cycle (468); Organizational Theory (504); Human Resource Management (462/522); Regulatory Policy (460); Environmental Policy (460)


Northern Arizona University, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University, MPA
Otterbein College, BA