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. Most recently, she co-authored The Lilliputians of Environmental Regulation: The Perspective of State Regulators with Michelle Pautz. Also, Winter 2015 her environmental policy textbook, U.S. Environmental Policy: A Practical Approach to Understanding Implementation will be released in paperback with Palgrave (also co-written with Michelle Pautz) She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Arizona University.
Fall 2014 Office Hours:
MWF: 10-11a.m. or by appointment
Field Of Study:
Regulatory policy, interest groups, environmental policy, public policy, public administration, state and local government
Public Administration (361); Public Policy Cycle (468); Administrative Law (461); Organizational Theory (504); Human Resource Management (462/522); Ethics and Public Policy (469); Regulatory Policy (460); Environmental Policy (460)
Northern Arizona University, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University, MPA
Otterbein College, BA