His teaching interests include criminology and corrections, political sociology, applied sociology and theory. Research interests during the past few years include the evaluation of a domestic violence intervention project and creating and supervising the Justice Studies Center, an interdisciplinary program designed to facilitate evaluation research in legal and justice studies.Hughes has published journal articles on a variety of topics ranging from explaining deviant behavior among athletes as "positive deviance" to the impact of gang membership on the rates of deviant behavior among young people in the community. Hughes was also instrumental in implementing the first comprehensive survey of all junior and high school students in the area that has since been routinized as an on-going program of research within the department’s Center for Social Science ResearchProfessor Hughes received his B.A. in Education and Distributed Studies in Social Science, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining the department at CU- Colorado Springs he held the rank of Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta-Edmonton and Northern Arizona University. Prior to his university career, Hughes worked as a rehabilitation counselor in a correctional institution for juvenile offenders (Golden, CO) a juvenile probation officer (K.C., MO) a high school teacher, and as the director of an experimental community based program designed to facilitate desistance from crime among 17 to 21 year old youthful offenders.