Daniel M. Shea is the new director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and joined the faculty as a professor of government this fall. He takes the center’s reins from William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government L. Sandy Maisel, the first director of the Goldfarb Center.
Shea came to Colby from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where in 2002 he initiated the Center for Political Participation. When Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer introduced Shea at a reception in September and described the job and the search, she concluded, “The path led exactly to Dan.”
He is the author or editor of more than 15 books and dozens of articles or chapters on the American political process. In 2012 he published Let’s Vote: The Essentials of the American Electoral Process, and he coedited Can We Talk? The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics.
Shea said he will initially spend time listening as he determines what is next for the Goldfarb Center. Maisel, who is a Fulbright visiting scholar in Brazil this year, returns to campus at the start of the 2013-14 academic year and will continue to teach government.