Daniel M. Shea
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Daniel M. SheaDaniel M. Shea joined Colby as director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and professor of government in 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 15 books and dozens of articles/chapters on the American political process, Shea continues to pursue research 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 fourth edition, Living Democracy is published by Pearson/Longman and is currently used in more than 150 colleges and universities. Shea lives in Mount Vernon, Maine, with his wife, Christine Gatto-Shea, and their three children.

Amanda Cooley
Assistant Director
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MandyLedgerRevisedAmanda joined the Goldfarb team in January 2013. She 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; organizing the efforts of the Goldfarb Student Fellows program and the Student Associate Committee; 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 Waterville Main Street, the Bangor Humane Society, Junior League of Bangor, and is a graduate of the Bangor Region Leadership Institute.

Gail Carlson

Associate Director
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Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson oversees several of the center’s major initiatives, including the grant program and Cotter Debate Series. She has been teaching in the Environmental Studies Program at Colby for ten years. Gail’s background is in biochemistry, and her courses focus on environmental public health and activism. She regularly incorporates civic engagement projects into her courses that focus on environmental policy-making in the state of Maine. She has also organized two Goldfarb-sponsored conferences, “Celebrating Rachel Carson and the Natural World” in 2007 and “Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads Us to Action” in 2011. Gail co-instructs a course with the Oak Human Rights Fellow, brought to campus each fall by the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights. She is the chair of the Science Advisory Council and a former executive board member of the Portland-based nonprofit Environmental Health Strategy Center. Originally from Wisconsin, Gail lives in Waterville with her husband and two children. They enjoy playing music together, traveling, and getting out into the beautiful Maine outdoors as much as possible.

Kimberly Bard

Administrative Secretary
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Kim joined the Goldfarb Center in Fall 2015 as the administrative secretary, providing support for all aspects of the center’s programming.  In addition, Kim supports the Government and Anthopology departments, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Social Sciences Division.