Michael Clancy, PhD
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Michael Clancy, PhD


Politics, Economics, and International Studies - Department Chair

Hillyer Hall 126D


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PhD   University of Wisconsin-Madison   |   MA   University of Wisconsin-Madison  |   BA   St. Olaf College

Michael Clancy is Professor in the Department of Politics and Government and also coordinates the steering committee for the International Studies program at the University of Hartford. He teaches courses in various aspects of international politics, including U.S. foreign policy, the politics of war, international political economy, a course on the Iraq war, and international organization and law. Clancy’s research focuses on the political economy of tourism in the developing world and the politics of Global Commodity Chains (GCCs). He is the author of two books on tourism and development in Mexico and the Republic of Ireland, respectively, and has published numerous articles and two teaching cases. His research has also utilized a GCC approach to examine sex tourism in Cuba and the political economy of cruise tourism in the Caribbean. His more recent work looks at nation branding through tourism marketing materials. Clancy grew up on Colorado and Minnesota, and earned his BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN before receiving an MA and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to the University of Hartford Clancy taught briefly at Williams, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges. He lives in Northampton, MA with his wife and three children.