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Charles Zug

M.A., Government (2017), University of Texas at Austin

Doctoral Candidate
Charles Zug



Demagoguery in American Politics; Public Law; American Political Thought and Development


Charles Zug is a doctoral candidate in the department of government. His dissertation, "Demagoguery and American Constitutionalism," proposes a framework for identifying and evaluating uses of demagogic rhetoric by American constitutional office holders.

His scholarly work has been published in Critical Review, Interpretation, The Australian Journal of Politics & History, and Perspectives on Political Science. He has written punditry on Constitutional issues for several publications, including The Washington Post and The Austin American-Statesman.

He has received grants and fellowships including a Jack Miller Center Summer Fellowship, UT College of Liberal Arts Summer Fellowship, University of Konstanz Research Grant, Charles Koch Foundation Dissertation Grant, UT Recurring Recruitment Fellowship, UT Center for European Studies Teaching Fellowship, Jefferson Center for Core Texts and Ideas Scholarship, Publius Fellowship, Clements Center Graduate Fellowship, and Hertog Political Studies Fellowship.


GOV 310L • American Government

37850 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM UTC 3.102

This course is an introduction to American government and politics.  While the main focus is on the national level, additional attention is paid to the state and local governments of Texas. Topics will include U.S. political history, political institutions, elections, public opinion, rights and freedoms, and public policy issues.

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