Research Associate Professor
- PhD 2011 University of Vermont
- MA 1986 Boston University
- MA 1981 Johns Hopkins University
- BS 1978 Georgetown University
Areas of Expertise:
political change, democratic process, international affairs
Office: 205 Morrill Hall
Edward McMahon has been a faculty member in CDAE since 2003 and has a joint appointment with the Political Science department. Prior to coming to CDAE, Dr. McMahon spent decades as an analyst and practitioner in the dynamics of political change. He spent 10 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State, specializing in African Affairs. And from 1989-1998, he served as Regional Director for East, Central, and West Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. In 1999, McMahon moved into the academic world, with an appointment as Dean's Professor of Applied Politics and Director of the Center on Democratic Performance at Binghamton University (SUNY) prior to coming to UVM in 2003. McMahon co-authored Piecing a Democratic Quilt: Universal Norms and Regional Organizations (Kumerian Press, 2006), co-edited Democratic Institution Performance: Research and Policy Perspectives (Greenwood/Praeger, 2002), and served as contributing editor of the Political Handbook of the World (CSA Publications, 2003).
Sample of Courses Taught
Edward McMahon's courses by semester available here.
CDAE 195: Evolving Trends in International Devleopment
CDAE 195: People Power In Emerging Democracies
CDAE 195: Globalization & National Sovereignty
AIS 093: South Africa: Politics, Race, and Culture
CDAE 195: Global Democratic Revolution
CDAE 195: Politics and Community Development in South Africa
CDAE 195: Governance and Decision-Making in International Institutions
POLS 196D: Politics and Governance in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa
CDAE 295: International Development NGO Management
HCOL 185: Crafting Democratic Institutions
Recent Papers and Presentations
- Presenter, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung UN Human Rights Council Parallel Session, “The First Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council: A Work in Progress”, Geneva, Switzerland, September, 2012.
- Presenter, “Revisiting USAID’s Assistance for Democratic Development: Is it Quantity Versus Quality?”, Center for International Development, State University of New York, November, 2011.
- Presenter, “Assessing the African Spring” Study Group, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, November, 2011. http://africacenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ACSS-Special-Report-1.pdf
- "Regional Organizations and Democratic Governance: The Value of Collective Action", After The Arab Spring: The Role of Regional Organizations in Promoting Democratic Governance, UNUCRIS/UNECA/IDEA, November 2012, Brussels, Belgium.
- “Assessing the First Cycle of the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review: Herding Cats and Sheep”, Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2012.