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About Sarah Marusek, Ph.D

Sarah Marusek, Ph.D., is Professor of Public Law in the Department of Political Science and Administration of Justice. Her research and teaching interests in jurisprudence focus on exploring how law works in everyday life. She has had the pleasure of teaching at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo since August 2009. For the POLS/AJ Department, Dr. Marusek offers the Public Law suite of course offerings which includes Introduction to Law and Legality (POLS 220); Legal Geography (POLS/GEOG 325); Law and Identity (POLS/WS 327); Constitutional Law (POLS 321); Rights (POLS/PHIL 328), First Amendment (POLS 428) and occasionally, Criminology (POLS/SOC 324). Professor Marusek is Coordinator for the Pre-Law Certificate and affiliate faculty for the Gender & Women's Studies Program and the Filipino Studies Certificate. For the TCBES (Tropical Conservation and Biology Environmental Studies) Masters of Science Program, she is affiliate graduate faculty and offers the course, Law, Property, Environment (CBES 697). She is the 2011 recipient of the University of Hawai‘i System Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. 
 
Professor Marusek has published extensively in the areas of legal semiotics and legal geography with research articles in: International Journal for the Semiotics of LawSemioticaSpace and PolityLaw, Culture and the HumanitiesLand Use PolicyGender, Place, and CultureNon-LiquetSocial Semiotics; International Journal of Legal Discourse, and Law Text Culture. She has guest edited Special Issues with Space & Polity and International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. She is the author of Politics of Parking (Routledge, 2016; first published by Ashgate in 2012). She has edited the following volumes, Synesthetic Legalities (Routledge, 2016) and Digesting the Public Sphere (Routledge, 2017) and co-edited Flags, Color, and the Legal Narrative: Public Memory, Identity, and Critique with Anne Wagner (under contract with Springer), Sensing the Nation’s Law with Stefan Huygebaert, Angela Condello, and Mark Antaki (Springer, 2018), and Street-Level Sovereignty with John Brigham (Lexington, 2017). She has convened the 16th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law at Kīlauea Volcano (2015), guest lectured for the Law and Humanities course at Rome's Università degli Stidu RomaTre (2016), received a College of Law Visiting Fellowship at Australian National University in Canberra, and spent three weeks as a Visiting Researcher at Örebro University in Sweden. She is Editor for the Law and Visual Jurisprudence Book Series (Springer) with Anne Wagner, Editor for International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, and Vice President for the International Roundtable for the Semiotic of Law.


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Education

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2003 - 2008 PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst ‐ Political Science
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2001 - 2003 MS, University of Massachusetts Amherst ‐ Labor Studies
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1993 - 1997 BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst ‐ STPEC (Social Thought & Political Economy) and German
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