University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science


Faculty - James McHugh

kDr. James McHugh

James McHugh, Adjunct

  • B.A., University of Vermont
  • M.Litt., University of Edinburgh
  • Ph.D., Queen's University
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Area of expertise

Canadian Studies

Contact Information


Jim McHugh is a Lecturer in Political Science at UVM who focuses on a number of different fields within the discipline, including political theory and Canadian politics. Simultaneously, he also serves at the University of Akron as Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science and as a Fellow and Director of Academic Planning for the Raymond C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics. He previously had been Professor of Political Science and Director of the Legal Studies Program at Roosevelt University in Chicago and as the Associate Director of the Center for North American Studies and a Visiting Professor in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.

Dr. McHugh has served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC and as a Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair in North American Integration at Carleton University in Ottawa. He received his BA from UVM, a Master of Letters from the University of Edinburgh, and his PhD from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. A fourth generation native of Vermont, his courses at UVM include Vermont Political System, Politics and Film, American Government, International Relations, and Comparative Politics.

Dr. McHugh is the author of four books (including The Essential Concept of Law and Ex Uno Plura: State Constitutions and Their Political Cultures), plus two edited volumes and more than two dozen scholarly journal articles and book chapters. Currently, he also serves as the President-elect for the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. In addition to his teaching for the Department of Political Science, he is involved with other UVM programs, such as Vermont Studies, Canadian Studies, and Global and Regional Studies.