Joyce A. Baugh, Ph.D.
  • Joyce BaughPosition: Professor
  • Department: Political Science & Public Administration 
  • Campus Address: Anspach Hall 305C
  • Phone: (989)774-3475
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  • Vitae: Curriculum Vitae
Joyce Baugh receives the 2009 CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Award read more...


Dr. Baugh joined the Department of Political Science in 1988 and served as Chairperson from 1995-2001. She teaches courses on constitutional law, civil liberties, judicial process, American government, and the Civil Rights Movement. Her book, The Detroit School Busing Case: Milliken v. Bradley and the Controversy over Desegregation, was published in 2011 by the University Press of Kansas as part of its Landmark Law Cases and American Society series. She currently serves as the lead advisor for the Social Studies Major (secondary emphasis) and provides academic advising to students interested in attending law school. Dr. Baugh is the lead campus liaison for The Washington Center (TWC) Internship Program for CMU with Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo, and she serves as faculty advisor to Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.


  • Ph.D. Kent State University, 1989
    Political Science
  • M.A. Kent State University, 1983
    Political Science
  • B.A. Clemson University, 1981
    Political Science Major (cum laude)

Fields of Specialization

  • Public Law and Courts
  • Civil Rights and Liberties
  • Judicial Politics

Publications and Speaking Engagements

On Thursday and Friday, April 10-11 2014, Dr. Baugh participated in the symposium "Pursuing the Dreams of Brown and the Civil Rights Act: A Living History of the Fight for Educational Equality," co-sponsored by The Michigan State University College of Law and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. This was a video-conference, with participants in both East Lansing and Kansas City. On Friday, Baugh served as moderator of the panel on Milliken v. Bradley, a case about the school desegregation controversy in Detroit that was the subject of her 2011 book. Panelists included two attorneys who participated in the case, two of the original plaintiffs, former law clerk to the trial judge, and scholars from the University of South Carolina School of Law and the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy.  At this conference, Dr. Baugh had the honor of meeting Sylvia Mendez who, at the age of nine, was involved in an important, but not well-known, school desegregation case in 1946 that involved Mexican-American children in California.  Baugh is pictured here with Ms. Mendez and Dr. Philippa Strum, author of Mendez v. Westminster: School Desegregation and Mexican-American Rights.  In 2011, President Obama awarded Ms. Mendez the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her continuing work to educate others about Mendez v. Westminster. Many of the arguments from the Mendez case were later used by the NAACP in Brown v. Board of Education. (Here is a youtube video of her receiving the medal.)

In November 2013, Baugh was quoted in a National Public Radio (NPR) story about the Milliken case.

In April 2013, Baugh participated in the University of Alabama's one-day conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of former Governor George Wallace's infamous "stand in the schoolhouse door" to prevent integration.  The title of her paper was "Standing in the Schoolhouse Door, Northern Style: Segregated Housing and Segregated Schools."  The keynote speaker at the end of the day was Diane McWhorter, author of Carry Me Home – Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution. Ms. McWhorter was introduced by Peggy Wallace Kennedy – Governor Wallace's daughter, and the presentation was at the site where the Governor stood.  Baugh is pictured here with Mrs. Kennedy.

In November 2012, Baugh gave a keynote presentation at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of integration at Clemson University, her alma mater. YouTube video of the event.

Baugh also participated in a panel discussion, "Through the Decades -- The Student Experience at Clemson Since Integration." YouTube video of the program.

In May 2012, the Michigan Political History Society (MPHS) hosted a signing of Baugh's book about the Milliken case. She is pictured here with Paul Long, a member of the MPHS Board of Directors.