Joyce A. Baugh, Ph.D.

Dr. Baugh is on sabbatical Spring 2014.

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 by the University Press of Kansas in February 2011, as part of its Landmark Law Cases and American Society series. She is an advisor for the Social Studies Major (secondary emphasis). Dr. Baugh is the campus co-liaison for The Washington Center (TWC) Internship Program for CMU with Dr. Thomas Greitens.


  • 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

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.  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.)


On Thursday and Friday, April 10-11 2014, Dr. Joyce 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.

In November 2012, Joyce 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 participated in a panel discussion, “Through the Decades -- The Student Experience at Clemson Since Integration.”  YouTube video of the program.

She also was the keynote speaker for the MLK Day Celebration at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan on January 21, 2013. View article.

In May 2012, the Michigan Political History Society (MPHS) hosted a signing of Joyce Baugh’s book, The Detroit School Busing Case:  Milliken v. Bradley and the Controversy Over Desegregation.  She is pictured here with Paul Long, a member of the MPHS Board of Directors.

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