Judith Dushku

Associate Professor Emerita, Government

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  • MALD , Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • MA, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • BA, Brigham Young University

Research Interests

Comparative politics, particularly in the Global South and in “Transitioning” nations, be they in Africa, Central American and the Caribbean, or in East/Central Europe or in the Central Asian and Caucasian part of the former USSR. I am also interested in the Yugoslavia break-up – its causes and consequences and the interpretations of that momentous event.

I am interested in gender. I am interested in the ways the both policy and international economic trends affect the lives and work of women and children. I am interested in women and peace-keeping and the UN, and in women and peace-building. Women and refugees is a key interest of mine, as is women and development.

I am interested in experiential learning and have long been involved in Government Department study trips. They once focused on the USSR and then the former-Soviet countries. More recently I have taken groups to Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, El Salvador, and am currently planning trips to Haiti and other Caribbean nations. Possibly a trip to India and one to the nations once part of Yugoslavia are in the works.

Employment History

  • Associate Professor of Government, Suffolk University (1986-2014)
  • Dean and Academic Director, Suffolk University Dakar Campus (2002-2003)
  • Assistant Professor, Suffolk University (1966-1986)
  • International Student Advisor (part-time, 1978-1987)
  • Professional Coordinator and Principle Faculty for Study Travel, Tours and Seminars:
    • Nicaragua (1985, 1988)
    • Soviet Union (1986)
    • Czechoslovakia and Hungary (1990)
    • Former Soviet Republics (1989, 1991)
    • Romania, Poland, Ukraine (Crimea), Slovak Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary (1998)
    • Cuba (2000)
    • Dakar, Senegal (2002)
    • Venezuela (2006)
    • El Salvador (2007)
  • Additional Travel:
    • Mali, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia and Ivory Coast (1985-2001)
    • Jamaica (1992)
    • Western Europe (1968, 1969, 1985, 1986, 1993)
    • China, especially Inner Mongolia, the central cities and Shanghai (1994, 1995)


  • Participant in United Nations Law of the Sea Conference, Geneva, Switzerland (1975)
  • Participant in United Nations Conference on Women, Nairobi, Kenya (1985) and Beijing, China (1995)
  • Participant in various U.S. University Conferences: Women in rural development, women and appropriate technology, third world women and health, land rights, women and politics in the western United States, Mormon women.


  • The Evolving of Kosovo towards Independence and Statehood and the Role of the US and NATO;
  • Human Rights for Women in Iran with Shirin Ebadi
  • Assessing Human Rights in Post-Tsunami Banda Aceh; Possibilities of democratization by international organizations
  • Romanian democratization; Albanian democratization
  • Politics in the DRC and the Role of the US and Uganda in that Process
  • Resource Exploitation in Africa
  • El Salvador since the Peace Accords

Working Papers

  • Oral histories of Romanians in the post-communist transition
  • Parenting in polygamous families in Senegal
  • Divergent experiences of the Kosovo war and the NATO bombing campaign
  • Looking back at Yugoslavia and the break-up
  • Perceptions of the Balkans at the beginning of the 21st century.

Awards & Honors

  • Fulbright Senior Specialist
  • Suffolk University Lifetime Service Award
  • Suffolk University Professor of the Year Award