Stephen Rushin

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Rushin's research focuses on issues in criminal law, criminal procedure, information privacy, and policing. He is currently writing a book, The Answer to Police Misconduct (Cambridge University Press), that uses a range of empirical methods to examine the Justice Department’s implementation of structural reform litigation in American police departments. Professor Rushin’s work has also appeared or is forthcoming in the Minnesota Law Review (job talk), the Fordham Law Review, the Brooklyn Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Federal Sentencing Reporter, among other journals. 

Various national media outlets have discussed or cited his work. Most recently, he appeared in a nationally televised interview on the HBO news series VICE to discuss his work on surveillance. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has cited his research in its inaugural policy framework on the use of police surveillance technologies. He has also been quoted in news outlets like TIME and the Oakland Tribune

Professor Rushin has the received numerous teaching awards. At Illinois, he has been recognized as a “Teacher Ranked as Excellent” by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. At Berkeley, Professor Rushin received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.

Professor Rushin holds a J.D. from Berkeley, where he was a member of the California Law Review and received multiple awards for academic performance. He holds a B.A. in government from the University of Texas, where he graduated with high honors. Rushin is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) Program at Berkeley. While at Berkeley, Rushin was a Selznick Fellow and recipient of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Scholarship.

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