Kent Higgon Hughes, PhD

Kent Hughes

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

Kent Higgon Hughes, PhD, 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. Locally, he has served on the executive advisory board of FIRST Robotics since 2010. Prior to this position, he was a public policy scholar at the center from 2013 to 2016, a program director in American and global economy at the center from 2001 to 2013, a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center from 1999 to 2001, and an associate deputy secretary of commerce with the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1993 to 1999. Previously, he was 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 republicans foreign affairs committee from 1985 to 1987, and legislative director with the Office of Senator Gary Hart from 1983 to 1984.

Likewise, Dr. Hughes was a senior economist of the 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. 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.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Hughes pursued an education at Yale University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1962. He followed this accomplishment with a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard University in 1965 and a Doctor of Philosophy from Washington University in 1976. He has been admitted to practice law by the District of Columbia Bar. A leading voice in his fields of interest, he maintains affiliation with several industry-related organizations, including the American Bar Association, the American Economic Association, the D.C. Bar Association, and the Cosmos Club.

Dr. Hughes was inspired to enter the field of law due to his desire to make the world a better place, especially after the destruction caused by World War II. Heeding the advice of President John F. Kennedy, who proclaimed, “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. Thus, he traveled to Brazil to work on several different projects.

A prolific author, Dr. Hughes has also been a contributor of several articles to professional journals and is the author of two books, entitled “Trade, Taxes, Transnationals” and “Building the Next American Century.” In recognition of his exceptional achievements in law and economic development, 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. However, the highlights of his career were when he was able to contribute to the Competitive Act of 1988 and his employment with the Clinton administration.

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