Goldfarb Team

Daniel M. Shea
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Daniel M. SheaDaniel M. Shea joined Colby College as the Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and Professor of Government in August 2012. He earned a bachelor of arts from the State University of New York at Oswego and a master of arts from the University of West Florida.  He received a doctorate in Political Science from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1993.  He has served on the faculty at the University of Akron, Lafayette College, and Allegheny College.

In 2002, Shea initiated the creation of the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny, which offers student-centered programs such as fellowships and internships, community outreach projects, and scholarly activities including conferences and lectures.  Several of the CPP’s initiatives garnered national media attention, particularly their path breaking research on the role of local political parties in engaging young voters, and the decline in civility and compromise in politics.

The author or editor of more than fifteen books and dozens of articles/chapters on the American political process, Shea’s research focuses on campaigns and elections, the dynamics of the party system, the changing nature of the presidency, the politics of scandal, and grassroots political activism.  In 2012 he authored Let’s Vote: The Essentials of the American Electoral Process, and coedited Can We Talk? The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics.  He is also the lead author of a text on American Government.  Now in its 4th edition, Living Democracy is published by Pearson/Longman and is currently used in over 150 colleges and universities.

Shea lives in Mount Vernon, Maine with his wife Christine Gatto-Shea and their three children.
Alice Elliott
Associate Director, Community Outreach and Programming
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Alice joined the Goldfarb Center staff in 2004, and is primarily responsible for the Center’s civic engagement programming including development and oversight of many community outreach and volunteer opportunities at Colby.  Her responsibilities include: development, coordination, and support of existing Civic Engagement courses and working with faculty to expand the College's offerings in this area; working with faculty, alumni and community partners develop internship and research opportunities for faculty and students; organizing the Center's Maine Liaison Board; and overseeing the administration of student-run volunteer efforts including the Colby Cares About Kids Program and the Colby Volunteer Center. 

Prior to joining Colby, Alice was the Associate Director of Maine Campus Compact, where she was responsible for service learning initiatives and campus grants, and Unity College where she helped to start their community service program. A graduate of Bradley University in Peoria Illinois, Alice worked in non-profit management before venturing into higher education, working in such diverse places as The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle, Maine, and the Moosehead Marine Museum in Greenville, Maine.  A Maine native, Alice is an avid cook and gardener and is gradually becoming an accomplished handywoman as she refurbishes her 1881 Cape in Richmond, Maine.

Amanda Kitchen
Assistant Director
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akitchen 2Amanda joined the Goldfarb team in January 2013. Amanda is primarily responsible for providing strategic direction and operational support for the Center. This includes: coordinating Goldfarb Center events, supporting faculty and student programmatic initiatives, working with Career Services to develop internship opportunities for students involved in public work, particularly outside of Maine; organizing the efforts of the Faculty Coordinating Committee, the Student Advisory Board, and the Washington, New York and Boston Liaison Boards; extending our reach into international programming, and creating systems and policies to enhance the Center's infrastructure.

Amanda graduated from Husson University with a Bachelor of Science in business with a concentration in marketing and a Master of Science in business Summa Cum Laude in 2005. She also earned her Master of Science in Human Relations from Husson University in May 2012. Most recently working for her alma mater, she held positions in fundraising, advancement communications, and university communications. She has also worked for the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, where she focused on event planning, program coordination, and communications. Amanda has volunteered for several community organizations including the Bangor Humane Society, Junior League, and the Bangor Region Leadership Institute.
John P. Turner

Associate Director
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John Turner

John is responsible for the grants program and the Cotter Debates series in the Center. He is also a member of the History Department where he researches, writes, and teaches about Islamic history. His research focuses on the interaction of political and religious authority. He is keenly interested in understanding groups and group behavior, and particularly the categorization and exclusion of heresy and heretics. His current research is focused on the early development of the Hanbali school of legal thought, used in current day Saudi Arabia. He is also interested in the role of the 8th-10th century Caliph and the Caliphate in the definition of what it means to be a Muslim. In addition to his primary field, as a graduate student he studied modern history with a focus on Syria and Iran, where he also studied Arabic (in Damascus) and Persian (in Tehran). His courses range from surveys of the premodern and modern periods in the middle east to country specific courses, and he covers eras from the foundations of Islam to the current day.

Lori Morin

CCAK Coordinator
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Megan Fossa

Administrative Secretary
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Lori Morin

Lori began working with the Goldfarb Center in 2009 as the coordinator of the Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) program. Lori manages almost four hundred Colby student mentors who visit one of fifteen different local schools. Using her ten years of experience as a classroom teacher, strong background in educational philosophy, and involvement in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Lori teaches and trains each mentor by preparing them for the challenges they may face when working with children and gives Colby students the tools to help their mentees have the best educational experience possible. In addition to her knowledge about the classroom, Lori has a master's degree in Computer Technology, which she uses to ensure seamless inclusion of new mentors every year as the CCAK program continues to grow and serve more students in the greater Waterville area. 

Megan Vigue

Megan joined the Goldfarb Center in September 2011 as the administrative secretary, providing support for all aspects of the Center's programming.  In addition, Megan supports the departments of Government and Anthopology, the Latin American Studies program, and the Social Sciences division.  Prior to Colby, Megan worked at Edward Jones Investments as a branch administrator, as well as Stage Presence in Winslow, where she spent six years as the office administrator.  She is currently pursuing her M.B.A. degree at Thomas College, where she also graduated with a B.S. in Communication/Marketing/Public Relations.