Jeffrey Pugh

Jeffrey Pugh

Visiting Assistant Professor of Conflict Management
Conflict Management
Latin American Studies

1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW | Office 104
Washington, DC 20036


  • Latin America
  • Andes Region of Latin America
  • International Conflict Resolution
  • Peacebuilding
  • Refugees and Migration

Background and Education

Jeffrey Pugh is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Conflict Management at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is also Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution at the University of Massachusetts Boston and executive director of the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC). His PhD in political science is from the Johns Hopkins University. 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 Migration Review, Latin American Politics and Society, International Studies Perspectives, PS, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, and Negotiation Journal, among others. His book project, The Invisibility Bargain: Governance Networks and Migrant Human Security in Ecuador, focuses on non-state actors and governance networks providing peace and security for Colombian migrants in Ecuador. 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), the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies, and his dissertation won the 2011 Peace and Justice Studies Association Best Graduate Dissertation of the Year award. He was a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador and served as past president of the Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies (MACLAS).

Pugh has developed several experiential and study abroad programs over the past ten years, including the UMass Boston/FLACSO Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation across Borders in Quito-Ecuador. He has taught a range of courses including Negotiation, Theories of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, Immigration & Conflict, International Conflict Resolution, and Model Organization of American States, among others.

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Fall 2018 
Examines phases...
Examines phases of conflict and techniques that may be introduced at various stages of conflict to halt escalation, minimize violence, and to move conflicts towards resolution.  This includes an analysis of the prevention of violent conflicts, crisis management, negotiations to terminate violent conflict, the resolution and/or transformation of conflicts, and post conflict peace-building.  Special emphasis will be placed on the role of third parties, such as international institutions, state governments, eminent persons, and NGOs in conflict management.

Fall 2018 
This class exam...
This class examines the ways in which people seek protection from harm, shifting the point of reference of security from the defense of the state against foreign military threats to the protection of individuals from a range of threats (which can be caused by states or non-state actors) that are more in line with today‚Äôs interconnected and globalized world.  These include terrorism, environmental disasters, human rights violations, cyber threats, pandemics, migration, etc.  The class will also cover humanitarian intervention and peacebuilding, structural violence, UNDP as a proponent of the concept of human security, technology and conflict, and gender and race as intervening variables in who is protected and what means are used to protect them, among other topics.

Spring 2019 
Seminar within ...
Seminar within which students research and write their program paper, a publishable quality paper normally 30-40 pages in length, on a research topic selected in consultation with the course instructor; these papers may build upon papers submitted in prior courses, but they should entail considerable additional research and analysis.  The seminar will provide a general introduction to issues of research design, focusing on the relationship between conflict management theory and empirical research regarding conflict prevention, management, resolution, and post-conflict peace-building.  All students will make oral presentations about their research design to the seminar in order to receive early feedback from the instructor and fellow students.  Drafts of the research paper must be submitted by the end of the first full week in April.  Papers must be accepted and course requirements must be completed prior to graduation; candidates for honors must have their papers approved prior to scheduling the oral examination, normally no later than May 1, so almost finished drafts must be submitted by April 1 by all students planning to take the honors oral examination.

Spring 2019 
This course exa...
This course examines the sources of conflict and insecurity for migrants and their receiving countries in the Americas, and surveys a variety of policy and programmatic responses that states and non-state actors have taken to increase peace and security. Migration can lead to political resistance and social conflict in both sending and receiving countries, and flows of illicit goods, drugs, and transnational criminal activity across borders remain a vexing challenge. Through a policy memo, public engagement project, and research paper, students analyze the complexities of integration, security, and coexistence in border spaces, tracing the connections among migration policy, transnational organized crime, and regional integration.