Charles U. Zug, Ph.D.

Charles U. Zug

Charles U. Zug, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Political Science
ACAD 226

Biographical Information

Charles U. Zug is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs. He received his Ph.D. in political science from The University of Texas at Austin. Previously he taught at Williams College.

Charles' work is in American political development (APD), with a particular focus on assessing the functionality of American national institutions in the context of the broader constitutional system. His scholarly publications include Demagogues in American Politics (Oxford University Press) and multiple peer-reviewed articles.


  • Demagogues in American Politics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2022).
  • "Creating a Demagogue: The Political Origins of Daniel Shays' Erroneous Legacy in American Political History," American Political Thought 10, 4 (Fall 2021): 601-628.
  • "Support for Nationalization and State Building in the Early American Republic: The Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen," Journal of Law and Courts 9, 2 (Fall 2021): 283–304.
  • "The Republican Theories of Rousseau and the American Anti-Federalists," Australian Journal of Politics & History 66, 2 (2020): 181-199.
  • “Could Political Science Become Diagnostic? Restoring a Forgotten Method,” Perspectives on Political Science 48, 1 (2019): 56-63.


  • PSC 3030 - Political Parties
  • PSC 2450 - American Political Thought