Dr. Baugh joined the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in 1988 and served as Chairperson from 1995-2001. She teaches courses in constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, judicial process, and the Civil Rights Movement.   Dr. Baugh is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books, including The Detroit School Busing Case: Milliken v. Bradley and the Controversy over Desegregation (University Press of Kansas) and Supreme Court Justices in the Post-Bork Era:  Confirmation Politics and Judicial Performance (Peter Lang).


Dr. Baugh played a primary role in establishing CMU’s affiliation with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC).  She serves as the lead campus liaison for the program, along with Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo, the department’s internship director.  She is the faculty advisor to the Omega Beta Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.  In 2014, the chapter was selected by the national organization to receive one of four Best Chapter awards nationwide, for schools with enrollments of more than 25,000 students.  Baugh also serves as the primary advisor for Social Studies majors pursuing a degree in secondary education with a concentration in Political Science, and she provides academic advising to students interested in attending law school.


In the spring of 2016, Dr. Baugh was chosen as one of four public members to serve on the Selection Committee for the Pickering Fellowship.  The Pickering Fellowship is one of the U.S. Department of State’s premier recruiting programs, designed to increase diversity in the Department’s Foreign Service to better reflect and serve the needs of the American people. The committee is comprised of U.S. Foreign Service Officers, retired U.S. Foreign Service Officers, and higher education and think tank professionals. Dr. Baugh fulfilled her three-year term. 


Dr. Baugh retired in August 2017.  She looks forward to traveling with her husband to interesting places and to learning more Spanish.


  • 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)