Kent Higgon Hughes, PhD

Kent Hughes

Title: Public Policy Fellow
Company: Woodrow Wilson Center
Location: Bethesda, DC, United States

Kent Higgon Hughes, LLB, PhD, and Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in foreign economic policy.

A public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center since 2016, Dr. Hughes has amassed more than 50 years of professional experience in his areas of expertise.

Previously, he was a public policy scholar at the center from 2013 to 2016 and a director of the Center’s Program on American and the Global Economy from 2001 to 2013.  Before joining the Center, Dr. Hughes served as the associate deputy secretary of commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1993 to 1999 with a focus on trade, technology, and American competitiveness.  He also served as the president of the Council on Competitiveness from 1990 to 1993, chief economist of the Democratic Policy Committee with the U.S. Senate from 1987 to 1990, staff director of the trade subcommittee with the House Foreign Affairs committee from 1985 to 1987, and policy director with the Office of Senator Gary Hart from 1983 to 1984.  Dr. Hughes was a senior economist with the Congressional Joint Economic Committee from 1977 to 1982, an analyst with the Congressional Research Service from 1973 to 1976, legislative counsel with the Office of Senator Vance Hartke from 1971 to 1972, and an attorney at the Urban Law Institute from 1970 to 1971.

As an added role in public service he has served on the executive advisory board of FIRST Robotics since 2010, an organization focused on encouraging young people to develop an interest in innovation.  He has worked with FIRST since its founding in 1989.  He commenced his career as a fellow at the International Legal Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and as a Latin American Teaching Fellow in San Paulo from 1967 to 1969.

Dr. Hughes graduated from Yale University in 1962, Harvard Law School in 1965, and received a Ph.D. in economics in 1976 from Washington University in St. Louis.  He has been admitted to practice law by the District of Columbia Bar. A leading voice in his fields of interest, he is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Economic Association, the D.C. Bar Association, the Cosmos Club, and is a founding member of the Industry Studies Association.

Dr. Hughes was inspired to enter the fields of law and economics due to his desire to make the world a better place.  Heeding the advice of President John F. Kennedy, who urged young Americans to “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” Dr. Hughes was drawn to the challenge of economic development in the third world, which led to his work and study in Brazil.

Dr. Hughes has contributed to professional journals, written for the popular press, authored a number of government studies and is the author of two books, entitled “Trade, Taxes, and Transnationals” and “Building the Next American Century.” In recognition of his exceptional achievements in law and economics, he has been listed in several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World. He considers the highlights of his career to have been his work on the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and helping make technology policy a key part of economic policy through his work at the Council on Competitiveness and the Clinton Administration.

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