Research 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).


  • 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.
  • Levan, A. Carl., Fashagaba, Joseph, and McMahon, Edward R.​(eds). (2014). African State Governance: Subnational Politics and National Power. Accepted for publication by Palgrave Press, 2015.
  • Fashagaba, J, and McMahon, E.​(2014) “Subnational Politics and National Power”, in Levan, A. Carl., Fashagaba, Joseph, and McMahon, Edward R (eds). African State Governance: Subnational Politics and National Power. Accepted for publication by Palgrave Press.
  • McMahon, E​., Busia, K. and Ascherio, M. (2013) “Comparing Peer Reviews: The Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council And The African Peer Review Mechanism”, African and Asian Studies, vol. 12, no.3,
  • McMahon, E​. and Ascherio, M. (2012) “A Step Ahead in Promoting Human Rights? The Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council”, Global Governance, vol 18, no. 2, 2012.
  • McMahon, E​, Pescatore, M., Hanish, R. and Carr, F. UPR: Do NGO­Suggested Recommendations Matter? The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Geneva, November, 2013.­files/iez/10343.pdf
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:

205 Morrill Hall

Courses Taught

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