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Derrick Hudson

Teaching Professor and NREP Graduate Program Director, Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

Derrick Hudson is a Teaching Professor in International Relations in the Department of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) at Colorado School of Mines. He earned his B.S. degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and doctorate from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. In addition to teaching courses across the entire undergraduate curriculum, Dr. Hudson also teaches courses in the department’s graduate program, Natural Resources and Energy Policy (NREP). 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