Dr. Sarah Marusek

Sarah Marusek

Sarah Marusek CURRICULUM VITAE, May 2022
Professor Sarah Marusek earned her Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008. She has served as the Public Law specialist in the Department of Political Science & Administration of Justice at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo since 2009. Her research in the fields of legal semiotics, legal geography, and constitutive legal theory examines the phenomena of everyday jurisprudence in terms of spatiality, place, signs, and symbols. She is the author of several books and has published widely in numerous peer-reviewed academic journals. Professor Marusek is Co-Editor with Anne Wagner for the Law and Visual Jurisprudence Book Series (Springer). She serves as Associate Editor for the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. Dr. Marusek is the 2011 Recipient of the student-nominated, faculty-awarded University of Hawai‘i Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Her courses include POLS 325 Legal Geography (3) , POLS 327 Law and Identity (3) , POLS 321 Constitutional Law (3) , POLS 328 Rights (3) , POLS 444 Law, Property, and Nature (3) , and POLS 220 Intro to Law and Legality (3) . She is Coordinator for the Pre-Law Certificate.

EDUCATION

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ph.D, Political Science (2008)
M.S., Labor Studies (2003)
B.A., Social Thought & Political Economy (STPEC) and German (1997)

POSITIONS

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I HILO (Hilo, Hawai‘i): Department of Political Science
Professor (2018), Tenure (2014), Associate Professor (2013), Assistant Professor (2009)

Visiting Appointments and Leave
Örebro Universitet (Örebro, Sweden): School of Law, Psychology, & Social Work (April 2019 & May 2018)
Università Degli Stidu Roma Tre (Rome, Italy): Department of Jurisprudence (March 2016)
Australian National University (Canberra, Australia): College of Law Visiting Fellow (Dec 2013)
Five College Women's Studies Research Ctr. (S. Hadley, Mass): Research Fellow (2007 – 2008)
Mount Holyoke College (S. Hadley, Massachusetts): Department of Politics (2007 – 2009)
Otto-von-Guericke Universität (Magdeburg, Germany): Deutsches Studentenwerk/Robert Bosch Tutoren Fellow (1998 – 1999)

PUBLICATIONS: BOOKS – Single-Authored Monographs & Edited Volumes

Marusek, Sarah (under contract). Legal Geography of Asphalt in the Vehicular Environment: Pavement, Pavementalities, and Pavementeering (Routledge: Space, Materiality and the Normative Series) with Foreword from Kieran Tranter.

Wagner, Anne and Sarah Marusek (under contract). Research Handbook of Legal Semiotics. Edward Elgar.

Marusek, Sarah. 2021. Law and the Kinetic Environment: Regulating Dynamic Landscapes. New York: Routledge. Book Nominated for 2022 Hart-SLSA Book Prize, Socio-Legal Studies Association.

Wagner, Anne and Sarah Marusek (eds). 2021. Flags, Color, and the Legal Narrative: Public Memory, Identity, and Critique. New York: Springer. Book Awarded 2021 Gherardi Davis Prize, The Flag Research Center, University of Texas Law School.

Huygebaert, Stefan, Condello, Angela, Marusek, Sarah, and Mark Antaki (eds). 2018. Sensing the Nation's Law: Historical Inquiries into the Aesthetics of Democratic Legitimacy. New York: Springer.

Marusek, Sarah (ed). 2017. Digesting the Public Sphere. New York: Routledge.

Marusek, Sarah and John Brigham (eds). 2017. Street-Level Sovereignty: The Intersection of Space and Law. Lanham, MD: Lexington.

Marusek, Sarah (ed). 2016. Synesthetic Legalities: Sensory Dimensions of Law and Jurisprudence. New York: Routledge.

Marusek, Sarah. 2012. Politics of Parking: Rights, Identity, and Property. New York: Routledge. Published by Routledge in 2016 with Paperback Edition 2017.

PUBLICATIONS: Double-Blind Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Matulewska, Aleksandra, Wagner, Anne, and Sarah Marusek (2022). “Masked Covid Life: A Socio-Semiotic Investigation”. Semiotica.

Marusek, Sarah and Anne Wagner (2022). "Triadic Dimensionalities: Knowledge, Movement, and Cultural Discourse – in the Wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic”. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 35(3): 823-830.

Marusek, Sarah, Wagner, Anne, and Aleksandra Matulewska (2021). “Stranger Danger: Social Distancing, the Bubble, and the War on Space in Times of Covid-19”. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 35(3): 1145-1165.

Wagner, Anne, Matulewska, Aleksandra, and Sarah Marusek (2021). “Pandemica Panoptica: Biopolitical Management of Viral Spread in the Age of Covid-19”. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 35(3): 1081-1117.

Robson, Peter and Sarah Marusek (2021). “Law, Popular Culture, and the Arts in the 20th Century”. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp. 1-5.

Wagner, Anne, Marusek, Sarah, and Wei Yu (2020). "Emojis and Law: Contextualized Flexibility of Meaning in Cyber Communication". Social Semiotics 30(3): 396-414.

Marusek, Sarah (2020). "Parking Policy: The Socio-Legal Architecture of Parking Bays in American Cities”. Land Use Policy, 91(103931).

Wagner, Anne, Marusek, Sarah, and Wei Yu (2020). “Sarcasm, the Smiling Poop, and E-Discourse Aggressiveness: Getting Far Too Emotional with Emojis”. Social Semiotics, 30(3): 305-311.

Wagner, Anne and Sarah Marusek (2019). "A Cacophony of Speech, Law, and Persona: Battling the Vortex of #MeToo in France and the U.S". Journal of Civil Law Studies, 12(2): 253-282.

Wagner, Anne and Sarah Marusek (2019). "Rumors on the Net: A Brackish Suspension of Speech and Hate". Law, Culture, and Humanities. https://doi.org/10.1177/1743872119880121.

Marusek, Sarah (2019). “Coffee and the Queue: Linear Normativity and Vehicular Flow of the American Drive-Thru”. Lo Squadarno: Explorations in Space and Society [ISSN: 1973-9141] 52 (June 2019): 51-54.

Marusek, Sarah & Anne Wagner (2019). “#MeToo: A Tentacular Movement of Positionality and Legal Powers”. International Journal of Legal Discourse 4(1): 1-14.

Marusek, Sarah (2019). “Lavascape: Legal Spectacle at Kīlauea”. Social Semiotics 29(3): 351-363.

Marusek, Sarah (2019). “The Crafting of Law and the Coining of Culture”. Law, Culture, and the Humanities 15(2): 352-363. First published online in 2015.

Marusek, Sarah (2017). “Digesting the Public Sphere”. Space and Polity 21(1), pp. 1-10.

Marusek, S. (2017). “Expiration Dates: Performative Illusions of Law and Regulation”. Semiotica 2017(216): 249-265.

Marusek, Sarah (2016). “The Aloha Paradox: Law and Culture in Hawai‘i”. Space and Polity 21(1): 108-122.

Marusek, Sarah (2016). “License Plates: Personalized Jurisdiction and Performativity of Rights”. Law, Culture, and the Humanities 12(3): 566-581. First published online in 2013.

Marusek, Sarah (2015). “Reasonable or Offensive: Smell, Jurisdiction, and Public Right”. Non-Liquet: The Westminster Online Working Papers Law & the Senses Series, The Westminster Law & Theory Centre, University of Westminster, UK.

Besio, Kathryn & Sarah Marusek (2015). “Losing It in Hawaiʻi: Weight Watchers and the Paradoxical Nature of Weight Gain and Loss”. Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 22(6): 851-866.

Marusek, Sarah (2014). “Visual Jurisprudence of the American Yellow Traffic Light”. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 27(1): 183-191.

Brown, Marilyn & Sarah Marusek (2014). “Ohana Ho‘opakele: The Politics of Place in Corrective Environments”. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 27(2): 225-242.

Marusek, Sarah (2013). “Visualizing Semiotics of the Spaces We Inhabit: Preface”. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 27(1): 1-5.

Marusek, Sarah (2012). “Lawnscape: Semiotics of Space, Spectacle, and Ownership”. Social Semiotics 22(4): 447-458.

Marusek, Sarah (2007). “Between Disability and Terror: Handicapped Parking Space and Homeland Security at Fenway Park”. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 20(3): 251-261.

Marusek, Sarah (2005). “Wheelchair as Semiotic: Space Governance of the American Handicapped Parking Space”. Law Text Culture 9: 177-188.

PUBLICATIONS: Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Marusek, Sarah and Anne Wagner (forthcoming) “The View: Propertizing the Visibility of Distance” in Karen Crawley, Thomas Giddens, and Timothy D. Peters (eds), Routledge Handbook of Cultural Legal Studies, Karen Crawley, Thomas Giddens, and Timothy D. Peters (eds).

Wagner, Anne, Marusek, Sarah, and Wei Yu (2021). "Flags as Fetish: Urbanizing the Color of a Nation” in Anne Wagner and Sarah Marusek (eds.), Flags, Color, and the Legal Narrative: Public Memory, Identity, and Critique. New York: Springer. pp. 509 - 529.

Wagner, Anne and Sarah Marusek (2021). "A Trichotomy of Meanings: To Know, To Think, To Dream in Colors and Flags” in Wagner and Marusek, (eds.) Flags, Color, and the Legal Narrative: Public Memory, Identity, and Critique. New York: Springer.

Marusek, Sarah (2018). “Appreciation or Appropriation? An Indigenous Moment in the American Narrative (1999-2009)” in Stefan Huygebaert, Angela Condello, Sarah Marusek, and Mark Antaki (eds.), Sensing the Nation’s Law: Historical Inquiries into the Aesthetics of Democratic Legitimacy. New York: Springer, pp. 215-235.

Brown, Marilyn & Sarah Marusek (2017). “Ears on the Street: Coqui Frog Patrols and the Guarding of Silence in One Hawaiian Village” in Sarah Marusek and John Brigham (eds.), Street Level-Sovereignty: The Intersection of Space and Law. Lanham, MD: Lexington, pp. 187-200.

Brigham, John & Sarah Marusek (2017). “Introduction: Law Happens” in Sarah Marusek and John Brigham (eds.), Street Level-Sovereignty: The Intersection of Space and Law. Lanham, MD: Lexington, pp. xi-1.

Brigham, John & Sarah Marusek (2017). “Conclusion: How Law Happens” in Sarah Marusek and John Brigham (eds.), Street Level-Sovereignty: The Intersection of Space and Law. Lanham, MD: Lexington, pp. 223-230.

Marusek, Sarah (2016). “Exploring Layers of Sensory and Law at the Volcano” in Sarah Marusek (ed.), Synesthetic Legalities: Sensory Dimensions of Law and Jurisprudence. New York: Routledge, 1-8.

Marusek, Sarah (2014). “Legalism” in Michael T. Gibbons, Diana Coole, Elisabeth Ellis, & Kennan Ferguson (eds.), Encyclopedia of Political Thought. London: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 2078.

Marusek, Sarah (2014). “Emblem of Folk Legality: Semiotic Prosecution and the American Bald Eagle” in Richard K. Sherwin and Anne Wagner (eds.), Law, Culture, and Visual Studies. London: Springer, pp. 497-512.

Marusek, Sarah (2009). “Legality Beyond the Scope of Policy” in Anne Wagner and Vijay Bhatia (eds.), Diversity and Tolerance in Socio-Legal Contexts: Explorations in the Semiotics of Law. Rutland, VT: Ashgate, 137-47.

EDITORSHIPS: Special Issues, Book Series, & Editorial Positions

Marusek, Sarah and Anne Wagner (2022) (Guest Editors). Special Issue: (In)Visible Mutations of the (Mis)Information Imaginary: Knowledge, Movement, and Cultural Discourse in the Age of Covid-19. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 35(3).

Associate Editor, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, since 2021

Marusek, Sarah and Anne Wagner. (Book Series Editors). Law and Visual Jurisprudence Book Series, Springer, 2020 – pr.

Series Titles:
2022 Introduction to the Semantics of Law (Andrzej Malec)
2022 Law and Culture: Reconceptualization and Case Studies (eds. Mateusz Stępień & Jan Bazyli Klakla)
2021 Semiotics, Law & Art: Between Theory of Justice and Theory of Law (Eduardo C.B. Bittar)
2021 Flags, Color, and the Legal Narrative: Public Memory, Identity, and Critique (eds. Anne Wagner & Sarah Marusek)
2021 Images of Europe: The Union Between Federation and Separation (eds. Francesco Mangiapane & Tiziana Migliore)
2021 Courtroom Power Distance Dynamics (Michał Dudek and Mateusz Stępień)

Robson, Peter and Sarah Marusek (Guest Editors). February 2021. Special Issue: Law, Popular Culture, and the Arts in the 20th Century. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. Vol. 34(1).

Wagner, Anne, Marusek, Sarah, and Wei Yu (Guest Editors). 2020. Special Issue: Getting Far Too Emotional with Emojis: The Digital Influencers in E-Discourse Aggressiveness. Social Semiotics, 30(3).

Co-Editor and International Advisor, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 2019-2021

Editorial Board. Comparative Legilinguistics: International Journal for Legal Communication, since 2019

Advisory Board. TechNomos: Law, Technology, and Culture Routledge Law Book Series, since 2020

Editorial Board, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 2009-19

Marusek, Sarah. (Guest Editor). 2017. Special Issue: Digesting the Public Sphere. Space and Polity 21(1).

Marusek, Sarah (Guest Editor). 2014. Special Issue: Visualizing Semiotics of the Spaces We Inhabit. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 27(1).

English Book Review Editor, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 2011-14

PUBLICATIONS: Book Reviews

Marusek, Sarah (2016). Review of Tony Jappy: Introduction to Peircean Visual Semiotics (New York: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2013), International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 29(2): 503-505.

Marusek, Sarah (2013). Review of Vijay K. Bhatia, Christoph A. Hafner, Lindsay Miller, and Anne Wagner (eds): Diverse Discursive Contextualizations of Audience, Place, and Power in Legal Communication (Ashgate, 2012), International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 26(3): 711-14.

Marusek, Sarah (2012). 'Justice Can Never Truly Be Blind' Review of Richard Sherwin: Visualizing Law in the Age of the Digital Baroque: Arabesques and Entanglements (New York: Routledge, 2011), International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 25(1): 157-59.


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