Faculty & Staff

Jeffrey Pugh, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School


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Areas of Expertise

Peace and Conflict Studies , International Studies , Latin American Politics, Institutions (Political Science) , Refugee Studies, Migration Studies , Social Movements


PhD in Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
BAs in Political Science and Speech Communication, University of Georgia

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Jeff Pugh is an assistant professor of conflict resolution in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received his PhD in political science from the Johns Hopkins University, after completing BAs in political science and speech communication from the University of Georgia. He is also the executive director of the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC), based in Quito, Ecuador. He was previously assistant professor of political science at Providence College.

Pugh's research focuses on the role of non-state actors and international institutions influencing governance and peacebuilding in the Global South, especially in migrant-receiving areas of Ecuador.  He has published articles in International Studies Perspectives, PS, the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, the Bulletin of Latin American Studies, and Negotiation Journal, among others.

His work has been recognized with best paper awards from the International Studies Association Ethnicity, Nationality, and Migration (ENMISA) section, the Migration and Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and his dissertation won the 2011 Peace and Justice Studies Association Best Graduate Dissertation of the Year award, among other recognitions. He was a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar  in FLACSO Ecuador. Under his leadership, CEMPROC has reached over 4,500 adults and children from more than 15 countries around the globe with its conflict resolution and peacemaking training programs.

Pugh has developed innovative experiential and study abroad programs to teach international conflict resolution at the university level at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Georgia, Providence College, FLACSO, and UMass Boston through a combination of service-learning, simulations, lecture/discussion, and other teaching strategies.  Currently, he co-directs the UMass Boston/FLACSO Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation across Borders in Quito-Ecuador.  Pugh has taught Negotiation, Theories of Conflict Resolution, Immigration & Conflict, International Conflict Resolution, Peace & Justice, International Relations, Latin American Politics, Politics, International Organizations, and Model Organization of American States. He also served as past president of the Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies (MACLAS).

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