Dr. Hughes has a Ph.D. in Political Science. Her dissertation, “Reducing the Effects of Low Social Capital in Education…” was study of the role of social capital in higher educational attainment and a look into the success of specific school programs in making up for low levels of social capital among their students. Dr. Hughes has 15 years teaching experience and has taught over 13 different courses within the discipline of Political Science. She has also served as a research associate for the Hobby Center of Public Policy (2000-2006), working on two separate grants with a combined value of $1.8 million. She also served as the principal investigator on an evaluation of Learning Signature for Cy Fair Community College.
2014-present Lecturer Political Science, UHD
2000-2014 Adjunct Faculty Political Science, University of Houston
2000-2001 Adjunct Faculty Political Science, Houston Community College