Stephen Rushin

Title/s:  Judge Hubert Louis Will Professor of Law

Specialty Area: Criminal Law

Office #:  Corboy 1324

Phone: 312.915.7691


CV Link: Rushin.cv2021


Professor Rushin teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Police Accountability. His research interests include police reform, criminal sentencing, civil rights, and empirical legal studies. His work has recently appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the California Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Vanderbilt Law Review, and the Texas Law Review, among other 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.

He has won multiple teaching awards, including “Professor of the Year” in 2020. 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
Criminal Procedure
Civil Rights
Empirical Legal Studies

Courses Taught

Criminal Law
Police Accountability

Selected Publications

Professor Stephen Rushin’s SSRN webpage 

Selected Publications

An Empirical Assessment of Pretextual Stops and Racial Profiling, 73 Stanford Law Review 637 (2021) (with Edwards)

Police Arbitration, 74 Vanderbilt Law Review 1023 (2021)

State Attorneys General as Agents of Police Reform, 69 Duke Law Journal 999 (2020) (with Mazzone)

Police Funding, 71 Florida Law Review 277 (2020) (with Michalski)

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

The Effects of Voluntary and Presumptive Sentencing Guidelines, 98 Texas Law Review 1 (2019) (with Edwards & Colquitt)

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

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

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

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