Mayka Coauthors Vox Article on Brazil Supreme Court Injunction

Lindsay Mayka, assistant professor of government, co-wrote an article titled “Brazil’s Supreme Court pushed back against an attempt to cancel participatory councils” that appeared July 8 on Vox‘s Mischiefs of Faction political science blog. The article discusses Brazil’s participatory councils and a recent Supreme Court injunction that blocked President Jair Bolsonaro’s decree to dismantle them. “The participatory...

Maisel Quoted in Vox Article, Picked Up By Other Outlets

Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, was quoted in a June 26 article on Vox titled “Why Democrats think 2020 is the year they can defeat Susan Collins” in which he expressed skepticism about Collins’s moderate image. “Despite the fact she would like to be, she is not John McCain, Maisel said, referring...

Maisel Quoted in Pine Tree Watch About Susan Collins

Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, was quoted in the article “Calling all challengers” in Pine Tree Watch. As speculation on whether or not Susan Collins will be re-elected builds, pundits are weighing in. “I think there is more dissatisfaction than at any other time,” Maisel told Pine Tree Watch. “Certainly from Progressives, especially women,...

Mayka and Lovón ’21 Coauthor Article in Washington Post

An article by Assistant Professor of Government Lindsay Mayka and government and economics major Andrés Lovón ’21 was published in the May 23 Washington Post. Titled “How one company’s deep web of corruption took down governments across Latin America,” the article breaks down a large bribery scandal that played out across several Latin American countries, including...

Reisert Completes Term as President of the New England Political Science Association

Christian A. Johnson Professor of Liberal Integrated Study Joe Reisert just completed his term as president of the New England Political Science Association by chairing the group’s 2019 annual meeting in Portland. Political scientists have gathered annually under the NEPSA banner since 1949, and this year’s NEPSA gathering broke the association’s record for attendance and conference papers....

Corrado Discusses 2020 Fundraising on CNN, Other Media Outlets

Professor of Government Anthony Corrado, a campaign-finance expert, was quoted in an April 16 CNN article titled “2020 fundraising: Top takeaways from the first quarter.” The fact that only half of the 16 Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 have raised $3 million or less is “a sign that Democratic donors haven’t yet coalesced...

LeVan Op-ed in Bangor Daily News on Ranked-Choice Voting

Carrie LeVan, the Montgoris Family Assistant Professor of Government, wrote an op-ed titled “What Mainers really think of ranked-choice voting” in the March 12 Bangor Daily News in which she discusses the complexity of whether Mainers support the expansion of ranked-choice voting. “Because ranked-choice voting has become a partisan issue, simply asking Maine’s voters whether they want to expand it seems...

Maisel Quoted in Portland Press Herald Article on Mills’ Style

Sandy Maisel, the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, was quoted in the Feb. 17 Portland Press Herald article “Maine governor looks ahead after turbulent LePage era” that compares the style of Maine’s Governor Janet Mills to her predecessor, “viewed by critics as a blabbermouth and bully systematically shifted the course of state government to the right...

Shea Op-ed in Portland Press Herald on Partisan Identification

Dan Shea, professor of government, wrote an opinion piece in the Portland Press Herald titled “Can average citizens rise to the occasion in response to Mueller’s findings?” The Jan. 18 piece questions if average citizens are still able to see their role as fundamental in a democracy, or if they’re swayed by partisan identification. “Can we break...

Crosscut Op-ed by Hatch on Think Tanks in Washington State

Walter Hatch, associate professor of government, penned an op-ed for Crosscut titled “Why conservative think tanks thrive in liberal WA.” The Dec. 20 piece looks at the history and influence of conservative think tanks in the progressive state of Washington. Hatch focuses on three think tanks: Washington Policy Center, the Discovery Institute; and Freedom Foundation, noting that “conservative organizations...

Seay Quoted in Guardian Story on Dunham Script for Refugee Film

The Guardian quoted Laura Seay, assistant professor of government, in their Oct. 30 story “Backlash over Lena Dunham script for Syrian refugee film.” Dunham has “suffered a social media backlash after it emerged she has been commissioned by Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams to write the script for a film about a Syrian refugee who was stranded at sea,” the Guardian reports....

Seay Quoted in NPR Story on Melania Trump’s Africa Trip

Laura Seay, assistant professor of government, was quoted in an NPR story, posted by Philadelphia affiliate WHYY, about the pith helmet that Melania Trump wore on her recent trip to Africa. Seay, who studies African politics, conflict, and development, told NPR “the pith helmet, a thick form of head protection, also came about because of unscientific...

Corrado Authors CED Report on Unfair Redistricting Practices

Professor of Government Anthony Corrado authored a policy brief for the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) titled “Let the Voters Choose: Solving the Problem of Partisan Gerrymandering.” The report “addresses this problem so the political marketplace can function properly, and the principles of representative government can be maintained,” according to PR Newswire, which reported...

Hatch Op-ed on Neoliberal Definition In Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog

Associate Professor of Government Walter Hatch wrote an op-ed for Monkey Cage, a Washington Post blog. Titled “Cornel West accused Ta-Nehisi Coates of being a neoliberal. Does neoliberal still mean anything?” Hatch’s op-ed defines the concept neoliberalism, which he says “is now abused so routinely that its actual meaning has become all but lost to the general...

Denoeux Reviews Books for Middle East Policy Council

Professor of Government Guilain Denoeux wrote reviews of two books for the Middle East Policy Council. Denoeux says the book Building a Palestinian State: The Incomplete Revolution by Glenn E. Robinson “is a must-read for anyone interested in the historical backdrop to current political developments in the areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA),” Denoeux writes in the...

Shea Op-ed in Portland Press Herald on Partisan Divide

Professor of Government Dan Shea contributed an op-ed to the Portland Press Herald titled “Maine Voices: Partisan divide may benefit Moore, as it did Trump.” Shea notes that in the last 10 years, elections have become partisan and “straight-ticket voting, for example, has reached unprecedented levels.” Voters band together like teams without a shared sense of purpose,...

Seay Writes Slate Article, Cited in Multiple Media Outlets on Niger Attack

Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay has appeared on news shows and been cited by media outlets about the deaths of four U.S. servicemen in Niger. In addition to writing an Oct. 20 article in Slate—”This is Not Trump’s Benghazi“—Seay, an expert on African politics and conflict in Central Africa, can be found in these...

Reseirt Tapped as Expert on WalletHub Piece on Independent States

Joseph Reisert, the Harriet S. Wiswell and George C. Wiswell Jr. Associate Professor of American Constitutional Law, was tapped as an expert on the June 20 WalletHub piece titled “2017’s Most & Least Independent States.” In response to WalletHub’s question, “Should presidential campaigns be publicly funded in order to help ensure the president is as independent...