Faculty and Staff

Sara Rinfret

Sara Rinfret

Political Science and Public Administration, MPA Director

Office: Liberal Arts 352
Email: sara.rinfret@umontana.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Public Administration (361); Public Policy Cycle and the Climate (468); Organizational Theory (504); Human Resource Management (522); Agency Policymaking (460); Environmental Policy (442)

Personal Summary

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 for the Master of Public Administration Program and Co-Directs the Social Science Research Laboratory. Her main area of research is focused on 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 co-authored three books: The Lilliputians of Environmental Regulation: The Perspective of State Regulators (Routledge); U.S. Environmental Policy: A Practical Approach to Understanding Implementation (Palgrave) (co-written with Michelle Pautz); and Public Policy: A Concise Introduction (forthcoming, CQ Press, with Michelle Pautz and Denise Scheberle). She is a recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Program in public administration and studied with University of Aarhus (Denmark) in 2016. Her MPA is from Ohio State University's John Glenn School of Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Arizona University.


Northern Arizona University, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University, MPA
Otterbein College, BA

Field of Study

Regulatory policy, American politics, interest groups, environmental policy, public policy, public administration, state and local government