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Rinfret, Sara

Sara R. Rinfret University of Montana, USA

Sara Rinfret is an associate 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. She is the director of the Master of Public Administration Program and codirects the Social Science Research Laboratory. Her main area of research is 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 coauthored The Lilliputians of Environmental Regulation: The Perspective of State Regulators, and U.S. Environmental Policy: A Practical Approach to Understanding Implementation (cowritten with Michelle Pautz). She is a Fulbright Specialist Program Scholar in public administration and has studied with the University of Aarhus (Denmark) in 2016.