Adjunct Associate Professor

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, McMahon has 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).


  • McMahon, E. “Searching for the Holy Grail: The Evolution of USAID Legislative Support Programming”, Sociology and Anthropology, 2017 vol. 5 (9), 2017.  Peer Reviewed.
  • McMahon, Edward R. and Johnson, Elissa. “Evolution Not Revolution: An Analysis of the First and Second Cycles of the U.N. Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Mechanism”.   The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Geneva, October, 2016.
  • Levan, A. Carl., Fashagaba, Joseph, and McMahon, Edward R. (eds).  African State Governance: Subnational Politics and National Power. New York: Palgrave Press, 2015.
  • Dominguez Redondo, E. and McMahon, E. (2015). “More Honey Than Vinegar: A Peer¬ Based Approach to Promoting Universal Human Rights Norms”, The Canadian Yearbook of International Law, vol. 51
  • Fashagaba, J, and McMahon, E.(2015) “Subnational Politics and National Power”, in Levan, A. Carl., Fashagaba, Joseph, and McMahon, Edward R (eds). African State Governance: Subnational Politics and National Power.
Ned McMahon

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

political change, democratic process, international affairs


  • EdD 2011 University of Vermont
  • MA 1986 Boston University
  • MA 1981 Johns Hopkins University
  • BS 1978 Georgetown University


  • 802.656.4565
Office Location:

208C Morrill Hall

Courses Taught

  • CDAE 195: Evolving Trends in International Development
  • CDAE 395: International Development NGO Management