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Derrick Hudson

Teaching Professor, Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

Derrick HudsonDerrick Hudson is a Teaching Professor in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) at Colorado School of Mines. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Middle East Area Studies, Dr. Hudson served in the United States Air Force as an Air Weapons Controller with the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), serving in several locations around the world, to include NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Iceland.  After separating from military service, Dr. Hudson pursued coursework with The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Rome, Italy, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Hudson returned to Colorado in 1992 to pursue his PhD in International Relations at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (JKSIS) at the University of Denver, earning his doctorate in 2004.  Dr. Hudson’s major academic interests are in African political economy, international politics, U.S. foreign policy, political theory, urban studies, religious and secular studies, religion and politics, moral psychology, environmental and engineering ethics, and Ethnic Studies. Dr. Hudson has taught at the University of Michigan, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, Colorado Christian University, and American Pathways University.  Dr. Hudson’s most recent book, co-edited with Dr. Steven Roach (University of South Florida), focused on post-secessionist dynamics in South Sudan (The Challenge of Governance in South Sudan Routledge, 2019).  Dr. Hudson’s most recent research interests will explore the geopolitics of the Nile River Basin, with focus on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), one of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams and the largest in Africa.  The GERD, once filled, will be a geopolitical game changer with regard to water politics in the horn of Africa and the Gulf States.


Curriculum Vitae


 Courses taught:

HASS 100:         Nature and Human Values

HASS 200:         Global Studies (Politics and Culture versions)

HASS 221:         Religion in the Age of Globalization

HASS 344:         International Relations

HASS 341:         Africa: Politics and Society

HASS 431:         Moral Psychology, Religion, and American Society

HASS 441/535: African Development (in-person and fully online)

HASS 550:         Political Risk Assessment


Stratton Hall 329