Montana State University

Department of Political Science

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172240
Bozeman, MT 59717-2240

Tel: (406) 994-4141
Fax: (406) 994-6692
Location: 2-143 Wilson Hall

Department Head

Linda Young

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Sara Rushing, Assistant Professor

Sara Rushing
Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley, 2006

Curriculum: Political theory, legal studies, mass media and contemporary culture


PSCI 302 - Media and Politics
PSCI 323 - Modern Political Thought
PSCI 353 - Classical Political Thought
PSCI 354 - Contemporary Issues in Political Theory
PSCI 455 - Politics and Virtue
PSCI 471 - American Constitutional Law

Research agenda: Contemporary political theory, comparative political theory, feminist theory, virtue ethics, humility

Phone: 406-994-5165






Educational Background

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 2006
Major Area: Political Theory

B.A. Mount Holyoke College, 1994

Selected Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa, 1994.

Phi Kappa Phi, 2012.

Betty Coffey Award, 2012. In recognition of outstanding achievement in incorporating women’s perspectives into the curriculum or developing academic programs that contribute to the elimination of persistent barriers to women’s success at Montana State University.

MSU College of Letters and Science Outstanding Teaching Award, 2011.

Contemporary Political Theory Annual Prize for best article published in the journal in 2010 (for “Preparing for Politics: Judith Butler’s Ethical Dispositions,” Vol. 9 No. 3, August 2010).

Letters and Science Research Enhancement Award, Montana State University, 2011.

Montana State University Provost’s Faculty Development Award, 2011; 2012.

Selected Publications

Sara Rushing, “Get Me Out of Here!: Humility, Autonomy and Birth.” In preparation.

Sara Rushing, “Comparative Humilities: Christian, Contemporary and Confucian Conceptions of a Political Virtue.” Forthcoming in Polity.

Sara Rushing, “Preparing for Politics: Judith Butler’s Ethical Dispositions.” Contemporary
Political Theory, Vol. 9 No. 3, August 2010.

David S. Gutterman and Sara Rushing, “Sovereignty and Suffering: Towards an Ethics of Grief in a Post-9/11 World.” In Judith Butler’s Precarious Politics: Critical Encounters. Terrell Carver and Sam Chambers, eds. (New York: Routledge, 2008).

Mark Bevir, Jill Hargis and Sara Rushing eds., Histories of Postmodernism (New York: Routledge, 2007).