Kent H. Hughes
Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Kent H. Hughes is currently the Director of the Program on America and the Global Economy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He also oversees the Wilson Center on the Hill Program. Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Hughes served as Associate Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he worked on a department-wide competitiveness strategy, led a number of overseas trade missions, and worked to highlight public-private partnerships. Prior to his work at Commerce, he served as president of the private sector Council on Competitiveness and in a number of senior positions with the U.S. Congress. He has spoken and written extensively on trade, technology, and economic policy including his 2005, Building the Next American Century: The Past and Future of American Economic Competitiveness. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, a LL.B. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in political and economic institutions from Yale.