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Kelly McHugh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science

"My goal is to demonstrate that few questions in international politics have settled answers. As such, I seek to create a classroom atmosphere that encourages critical thinking and the active exchange of ideas; I do not want students arriving at class in a passive mode, expecting that I will provide them with an authoritative "correct" answer."

Dr. Kelly McHugh is a native of Delaware, and received her Ph. D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware in May 2011. She teaches courses in international politics, and serves as the adviser for the Model United Nations Club and the College Republicans. She has published an article on Tony Blair's foreign policy views, and is currently working on a project that compares congressional behavior during the Vietnam and Iraq Wars.

Courses Taught

Introduction to International Politics; American Foreign and Security Policy; Topics in International Relations: Revolutions; National and International Political Economy; International Organizations; Topics in International Relations: The Middle East; Introductory Colloquium: America at War; Conflict & War


Ph. D., M. A., Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware
B. A., Political Science (Degree with Distinction), University of Delaware

Honors and Awards

University of Delaware, Office of Graduate Studies, Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-2011 ($15,500)

University of Delaware, Office of Graduate Studies, Professional Development Award for Conference Travel ($300), January 2010 & (500), January 2011

University of Delaware, Department of Political Science & International Relations, Graduate Assistantship, 2005-2009

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Delaware, 2004

Recent publications

"Bush, Blair, and the War in Iraq: Alliance Politics and the Limits of Influence," Political Science Quarterly 125, no. 3 (Fall 2010)