John Hughes Professor of Political Science, Emeritus

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M.A., Ph.D. New School for Social Research
B.A. William Paterson College of New Jersey

Areas of Expertise:

American Constitutionalism, criminal justice, international terrorism

Courses I Teach:

American Constitutional Law
American National Politics
Civil Liberties
Criminal Justice
Senior Seminar: War on Terrorism, Capital Punishment


American politics, constitutional law, constitutional interpretation, civil liberties, judiciary, law & society, criminal justice, also known to dabble in American political thought.

Recent News

John Hughes, emeritus professor of political science, was a guest in June on the former WDEV radio Vermont news talk program, The Dave Gram Show. Said John about the segment, “I did an interview with Dave Gram, WDEV, about the first amendment implications of the clearing of Lafayette Park for Trump’s photo-op.” Earlier in the semester John was on the same show to discuss Trump’s threat to not respect the results of an election should he lose.
(posted February 2021)

John Hughes, emeritus political science professor and expert on constitutional law (he still taught a course fall semester on that topic at Saint Michael’s) was sought out in November by media for his insights about the impeachment process as hearings in Congress focused on constitutional aspects of impeachment. John joined veteran Vermont newsman Dave Gram, who hosts a weekday call-in news and current events talk show on radio station WDEV in Waterbury, to talk about impeachment; also, with an eye to the same issues, John was a guest on a current events interview show What Matters This Week with anchor Lauren Maloney from local TV news Channel 22/44 ABC/Fox.
(posted February 2020)

John Hughes, professor of political science, was the main host for Joan Bertin, former executive director of the Coalition Against Censorship, during her the Saint Michael’s campus for several days in November. Bertin led a Symposium on Free Speech on campus — a policy directed-discussion aimed at deepening understanding of the complex issues involved in the protection of free speech. John also was a guest on The Dave Gram show on the Waterbury, VT radio station WDEV on Constitution Day in September to discuss a variety of timely constitutional issues.
(posted January 2019)