Faculty and Administration Profiles

Stephen Rushin

Title/s:  Associate Professor of Law

Office #:  Corboy 1324

Phone: 312.915.7691


CV Link: Stephen Rushin CV


Professor Rushin teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Police Accountability. His research interests include police reform, criminal sentencing, civil rights, and empirical legal studies. His research has employed a wide range of empirical methodologies, including national surveys of law enforcement leaders, semi-structured interviews with stakeholders involved in federal police reform efforts, content analyses of police department policies, and numerous quantitative analyses evaluating how legal changes influence the behavior of judges and police officers.


His work has appeared or is forthcoming in many flagship law journals, including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the California Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Texas Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, the Georgia Law Review, the Florida Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, and the University of Illinois Law Review, as well as numerous specialty journals. Cambridge University Press published his book, “Federal Intervention in American Police Departments,” in 2017. Numerous national media outlets have featured his research or expertise.


Before joining Loyola in 2017, Professor Rushin taught at the University of Alabama School of Law and the University of Illinois College of Law.


BA, Texas, 2008

JD, Berkeley, 2011

PhD, Berkeley, 2015

Program Areas

Criminal Law


Police Accountability

Selected Publications

Professor Stephen Rushin’s SSRN webpage


Selected Publications

State Attorneys General as Agents of Police Reform, 69 Duke Law Journal (forthcoming 2020) (with Jason Mazzone)

The Effects of Voluntary and Presumptive Sentencing Guidelines, 98 Texas Law Review (forthcoming 2020) (with Griffin Edwards and Joseph Colquitt)

Police Funding, 71 Florida Law Review (forthcoming 2020) (with Roger Michalski)

Police Disciplinary Appeals, 167 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 545 (2019)

Interrogating Police Officers, 87 George Washington Law Review 646 (2019) (with Atticus DeProspo)

From Selma to Ferguson: The Voting Rights Act as a Blueprint for Police Reform, 105 California Law Review 263 (2017) (with Jason Mazzone)

De-Policing, 102 Cornell Law Review 721 (2017) (with Griffin Edwards)

Bathroom Laws as Status Crimes, 86 Fordham Law Review 1 (2017) (with Jenny Carroll)