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Kelly McHugh

Location  Ordway
Phone  863.680.4313

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.


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

Publications or Exhibitions

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