Mark Rush

Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law & Director, Center for International Education
Washington and Lee University

Mark Rush has been at Washington and Lee since 1990 where he has served in a number of academic and administrative capacities. During that time, he took a three-year leave to serve as Dean of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, where he has said it was fascinating to be part of a team developing and expanding the Arts and Sciences overseas while looking at American higher education from abroad. 

The experience dovetailed with his teaching and scholarly interests in global politics and global education. This also is manifest in the panels he has organized for the 2017 and 2018 IES Abroad Annual Conference on American students’ experiences abroad during an era of democratic retrenchment.

He writes extensively on democracy, elections, constitutional law, global politics, and global education (and not so occasionally on fantasy baseball).

He is thrilled to be on the 2018 Annual Conference program and honored to have served on the 2017 Program Planning Committee.

Read below to find out a bit more about Mark:

Where have you studied or lived abroad?

I've lived in the United Arab Emirates, Spain and Canada.

What is your favorite place you've traveled and why?

Jordan is my and the family's favorite. It is an incredible combination of the ancient and modern, the Mediterranean, Middle east and Asian and an historic crossroads of three continents. (But my heart rests on the coast of Maine...)

What is the one item you can't travel without?

Dental floss :-)

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Read, swim, write baseball articles, pretend to play golf, play with our pup, cook, spend time with the family

Best piece of advice you've ever received?

Be here now.

Tell us one thing people probably don't know about you.

Besides the dental floss thing?