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After UMaine

UMaine political science students pursue a wide variety of exciting graduate school and career paths upon graduation. Our former students have made their way to positions in the federal and Maine state governments, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, law practices, and numerous other places. Whether at the U.S. Capitol, a major city abroad, or in a small town in Maine, they continue to benefit from their UMaine education.

Political Science is an ideal liberal arts major that helps students develop the essential skills that employers value–critical thinking, written and oral communications, and the ability to analyze and respond to a variety of situations.

Our faculty advisors work closely with students to help them with their post-UMaine plans. The American Political Science Association provides extensive information about the wide variety of careers pursued by Political Science students, as well as their earnings relative to students from other fields.

Here is a sampling of just some of the careers pursued by our alumni:

Barbara Butler Merrill, ’79 practices law with her husband, attorney Phil Merrill. After UMaine, she graduated with a JD from the University of Maine School of Law and practiced for several years as a member of Verrill Dana, LLP. In 2004, Barbara ran as a Democrat and won the Maine State House of Representatives seat for District 44 (Islesboro, Lincolnville, Appleton, Hope, Liberty, Morrill, and Searsmont). She left the Democrat party in 2006 to become an independent candidate for the Governor of Maine. Barbara has been honored by the Maine Bar Association for her pro bono work.
Ben Goodman, ’12 is currently a Staff Assistant for Untied States Representative Michael Michaud [ME-2]. While at the University of Maine, Ben was on the Legislative Youth Advisory Council, the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, and held the position of National Council Chair of the College Democrats of America. Ben also c0-hosted a weekday, political radio show called “Drive Time”.
Bryan Kaenrath, ’06 is currently in his third term as a Representative in the Maine House, representing District 124 (part of South Portland), where he serves on the Committee on State and Local Government. He is currently working on his Master’s degree in public affairs at Marist College (online) and just recently announced his candidacy for the Maine Senate District 7 in January of 2012.
Gregory P. Williams, ’04 is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Connecticut. While at UMaine, Greg was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Maine Policy Scholar, and served as Vice President of the Maine Outing Club.After UMaine, Greg attended the University of Connecticut’s graduate program in political science. His thesis compares the writings and lives of Perry Anderson and Immanuel Wallerstien, drawing on over 1,200 pages of rare archival and other unpublished documents.In a discipline that is increasingly subfield-oriented, Greg’s research crosses traditional boundaries of international relations and comparative politics. It includes comparative public intellectuals, political biography, international relations theory, and social movements. Greg’s writings have apperaed in the journals Social Movement Studies and New Political Science, among others.
James Lyons graduated from the University of Maine with a BA in Political Science and a BS in Biochemistry in 2010. He is currently a law student at Columbia Law School and has been awarded the 2013 Edwin Parker Prize, given annually to students who excel in the study of international or comparative law. While at UMaine, James interned for the United States Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC, served as Vice President and President of University of Maine Student Government, Inc., and worked as a Constituency, Planning, and Training Unit Assistant at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. At Columbia Law School, James is working as a research assistant under Professor Abbe Gluck.
James Tierney, ’69 is currently a professor at Columbia Law School and also works as a consultant to attorneys general and others regarding state regulatory structures and multi-state incentives.After UMaine, Tierney received his JD from the University of Maine School of Law in 1975 and was then elected to the Maine House of Representatives at the age of 25, representing Lisbon, Maine. After eight years of serving in the Maine Legislature, he was elected Majority Leader of the House from 1977 to 1980.Following his time in the Maine Legislature, Tierney served as the Attorney General of Maine for ten years during which time he was active on a wide variety of state and national issues. Tierney played an active role in the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), including service on NAAG’s Executive Board and various communities. He has also held a variety of special appointments, including servings as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Florida during the contested 2000 Presidential election; and membership on the Federal Trade Commission’s Advisory Committee on On-Line Access and Security in 2000.Tierney started teaching at Columbia Law School since the fall of 2000 as a Lecturer-in-Law and now holds the position of Director of the National State Attorneys General Program. In addition to teaching at Columbia, Tierney is a Lecturer at Harvard Law School. In the past, he has taught at Boston College Law School, Northeastern Law School, and the University of Maine School of Law.He has served on the Board of both the American Judicature Society and was a member of the Board of Commentators of the Courtroom Television Network where he appeared regularly as a guest. In 2006, Professor Tierney was selected by a vote of students as the “Public Interest Professor of the Year” for his support and inspiration towards the public interest law student community.
Jeff Frank ’06 is Press Secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). After UMaine, Jeff spent two years in Belize as a Peace Corps Volunteer where he taught high school classes in a rural Maya village. After returning to the United States in 2008, Jeff earned a MA in Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. During his time at Vermont, Jeff co-founded an analytics firm called “Hear Forward“.After spending a year growing his company, Jeff left Vermont to become a Senior Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution. In 2011, Jeff left Brookings to take his current position with Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Joseph Baldacci, ’87 is currently an attorney in Bangor and Portland, Maine, a Bangor City Council member, and former mayor of the City of Bangor. After graduating from the University of Maine he went on to earn his JD from the University of Maine School of Law in 1991. Joe has been a member of the Maine Bar since 1991, establishing his own general practice in Downtown Bangor that year. He has served on the Finance, Government operations, Business & Economic Development, and Infrastructure Committees for the City of Bangor. He lives in Bangor with his wife Elizabeth, their two children Caroline and Olivia, and their golden retriever Rosie.
Katie Gray, ’05 is currently an Associate at Verrill Dana, LLP, advising clients in the area of energy law and regulatory practice before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Maine Public Utilities Commission and other administrative agencies. After graduating from the University of Maine, she went on to earn a JD at the Boston University School of Law in 2008. While at UMaine, Katie held internships at the Maine District Court and elections division of Maine’s Secretary of State. During law school, she was an articles editor on the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal and a Legal Intern at the New Hampshire Attorney General‘s office. At Verrill Dana, Katie has represented organizations such as Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Hannaford Energy, LLC.
Khalil Habib, ’96 graduated from the University of Maine and received his MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto – University College in 1997 and his PhD in Political Philosophy in from Boston University in 2005. He  is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Pell Honors Program at Salve Regina University. After UMaine, Khalil briefly worked as a Group Sales Representative for Sun Life Financial and as a Lecturer at Brandeis University, before becoming Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. His work has appeared in such prestigious philosophical journals such as the Review of MetaphysicsAncient PhilosophyThe Polish Journal of Philosophy, and REALIA, a philosophical journal published by the Institute For Advanced Philosophical Research in affiliation with the University of Maine.
 672563 Kyle L. Parker ’99 graduated from the University of Maine with a BA in Political Science. Kyle is currently a Policy Advisor for Eurasia at the Commission on Security and Cooperation (CSCE). After UMaine, Kyle spent eight years at the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) managing public diplomacy programs with Russia and Ukraine and eventually becoming Vice President of Programs. Following his time at AFPC, Mr. Parker joined CSCE (U.S. Helsinki Commission) in Europe in 2006.
1d464d1 Lindsay Lawrence-Videnieks, ’99 is an Attorney and Government Relations Consultant at Woodberry Associaties in the Washington DC area. While at UMaine, Lindsay took part in the Peter Madigan Congressional Internship Program, interning in the office of John E. Baldacci (ME-2).After UMaine, Lindsay received her JD from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 2010. After passing the Maryland Bar Association Exam in December 2010, she went on to work as an Account Executive for Cassidy & Associates. In 2002, she moved to Los Angles to work as an Account Executive for Cerrell Associates.In 2003, Lindsay became Managing Director for DCI Group, LLC, where she worked for six years until arriving at her present job as a Government Relations Consultant for Woodberry Associates where she has been since 2009.Lindsay has a decade of experience in advising municipal, university, hospital, and other non-profit clients on strategies to secure federal funding. Some of her projects have included funding for transportation initiatives, wastewater treatment plants, federal courthouse construction, and various economic redevelopment projects.
Matthew_Gagnon Matthew Gagnon, ’04 is the Director of Digital Strategy for the Republican Governors Association a columnist for the Bangor Daily News, and also blogs for his own creation, the most widely read political blog in the state of Maine, Pine Tree Politics. Matt has extensive experience in political strategy and communications. After UMaine, Matt held positions as Senior Analyst in Public Affairs and Senior Project Manager for New Media Strategies, as well as Deputy Director of Digital Strategy for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Director of New Media Communications for United States Senator Susan Collins. In addition to his extensive work in politics, Matt is an accomplished writer, photographer, graphic designer, and jazz musician.
 Hunter__Matt Matthew Hunter, ’06 is currently a Judicial Law Clerk for the United States District Court – District of Massachusetts. After graduating from UMaine he received his JD from the Boston University School of Law in 2011. Matt  During his time at UMaine, Matt interned for United States Senator Olympia Snowe via the Peter Madigan Congressional Internship Program. After UMaine, Matt worked as a Judicial Intern at the Maine Superior Court, a Legal Intern for O’Donnell Lee McCowan & Phillips, LLC, and a Summer Associate for Goodwin Procter, LLP.
Meghan Simonds, ’08 is Deputy Director of Government Relations at U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, an influential, broad-based organization formed by a colaition of 400 American businesses and NGOs, senior national security and foreign policy experts, who promote increased support for the United States’ diplomatic and development efforts. While at UMaine, Meghan interned in Senator Susan Collin‘s office via the Peter Madigan Congressional Internship Program. After UMaine, Meghan was offered a job by Sen. Collin’s office as a Legislative Correspondent. She would later work as a Legislative Assistant for Sen. Collins before moving on to her current job as Deputy Director of Government Relations for U.S. Global Leadership Campaign in 2010.
Hon. Olympia J. Snowe, ’69 recently retired from her third term as a United States Senator from Maine. After UMaine, Snowe entered politics and rose quickly, winning a seat on the Board of Voter Registration and working for Congressman (later US Senator and US Secretary of Defense) William Cohen. In 1973, she was elected to the Maine House of Representatives at the age of 26, filling the Auburn-based seat left by the death of her first husband, the late Peter Snowe. She was re-elected to the Maine House in 1974, and, in 1976, won election to the Maine Senate. That same year, Snowe was a delegate to both the state and national Republican conventions.Snowe was elected the US House of Representatives in 1978, becoming the youngest Republican woman, and first Greek-American woman, ever elected to Congress. She represented Maine’s 2nd Congressional District from 1979 to 1994, serving as a member of the Budget and International Relations Committees. With her 1989 marriage to John McKernan, then Governor of Maine, Snowe became the first person to simultaneously be a member of Congress and First Lady of a state.In 1994, Snowe was elected to the US Senate, becoming the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress. She was appointed to the position of Counsel to the Assistant Majority Leader in 1997, and in 2001, became the first Republican woman ever to secure a full-term seat on the Senate Finance Committee. Snowe would later serve as Chairman on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship from 2003 to 2007, on which she still serves as Ranking Member today.A member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, she is the former Chair and now Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard. Also a current member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Snowe is a former member of the Senate Budget and Senate Armed Services Committees.During her time in the US House of Representatives, Snowe co-chaired the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues for ten years, and provided leadership in establishing the Office of Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health. She also served as a member of the House Budget Committee; of House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she was Ranking Republican on the Subcommittee on International Operations; and of former House Select Committee on Aging, where she was Ranking Republican on the Subcommittee Human Services.In 2006, Time Magazine selected Snowe as one of “America’s 10 Best Senators“, the only woman so recognized. She never lost an election in thirty-five years as an elected official. In February, 2012, Sen. Snowe announced she would not run for re-election for her fourth term in the US Senate. In early 2013, after her retirement from the Senate, she published the book Fighting for Common Ground which examines partisanship in contemporary American politics and how Congress can fulfill its mission even amidst such divisiveness.
Peter Madigan, ’81 is a partner with the Washington, DC-based lobbying firm of Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Boland & Stewart and a board member of the International Republican Institute (chaired by Sen. John McCain), with more than twenty years of experience in Washington politics. He graduated from from the University of Maine with a BA in Political Science and Broadcasting. While at UMaine, Madigan took part in the Congressional Internship Program (now named in his honor), assisting then Sens. William Cohen and George Mitchell, and Reps. Olympia Snowe and David Emery. He developed a close relationship with Rep. Emery, then House Republican Chief Deputy Whip, who made sure Madigan received his share of challenging opportunities including helping research a piece of legislation which ultimately became a Supreme Court case known as Goldwater vs. Carter.After UMaine, Madigan was offered a job as Floor Assistant to Rep. Emery, where he assisted the Republican Leadership in passing President Reagan’s early budget reform legislative packages. From 1983 to 1985, Madigan was appointed Legislative Assistant to Budget Director David A. Stockman; then Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services. From 1984 to 1985, Madigan served as Legislative Director for the National Association of Realtors, where he was responsible for all banking, budget, and tax legislation.During the Reagan Administration, Madigan served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Legislative Affairs. He served at the Department of State as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs. In this position, Madigan was the second highest-ranking officer assisting the Secretary of State James A. Baker, III with respect to all legislative, policy, and political matters. Upon leaving the State Department, Secretary Baker awarded Madigan the Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service.During the Bush Adminstration, Madigan served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick. Over the years, Madigan has been an executive and legislative branch strategist for Fortune 100 companies, non-profit organizations, and small business and foreign heads of state. He helped expand trade and business opportunities within the U.S. and abroad, reduce Congressional barriers for corporate mergers and acquisitions, and eliminate unnecessary regulations. He worked on key legislation including the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement, the Sarbanes Oxley Act, and the Internet Tax Freedom Act. Prior to join in Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Boland & Stewart, Madigan was the President and Chief Operation Officer of Boland & Madigan, Inc., a leading Washington DC government affairs firm.
Ross Wolland, ’11 is currently studying law at Georgetown University Law School.While at UMaine, Ross Wolland was Vice President of the University of Maine Student Government, Inc. He was the recipient of the 2011 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Graduating Senior Award and a Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship.
Tim Pease Tim Pease, ’89 is a partner at the firm Rudman Winchell in Bangor, Maine. After graduating from UMaine, Tim attended law school at Seattle University School of Law, graduating magna cum lauded. Prior to joining Rudman Winchell he served as assistant school board attorney for Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Miami, Florida. Tim’s practice areas include Workers Compensation Law, Employment and Labor Law, Municipal and Government Law, and School Law. Tim has been the Chair of the School Board for Maine School Administrative District #22, comprising Hampden, Newburgh, and Winterport, Maine.
Sean_Carroll Sean Carroll, ’98 is the Director of Government Affairs for the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI), a position he has held since joining the Institute in 2002. As the Director of Government Affairs, Sean is responsible for tracking all federal legislation and programs relating to the fire and emergency services, maintaining communications with members of Congress and federal officials, and designing educational programs targeting Capitol Hill and the White House. Sean also coordinates the activities of CFSI’s National Advisory Committee, a coalition of over 40 national fire and emergency services organization. Before joining CFSI, Sean worked for United States Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME) as her Director of Constituent Services.
1800917 Krisjand Rothweiler, ’03 is an Officer in the U.S. Army specializing in all-source, imagery, and strategic intelligence. He has held assignments in Hawaii, Arizona, Germany and Washington D.C. as well as combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has participated in multiple military exercises and exchanges to India, Romania, Israel, Germany, and Iraq. Krisjand gained a Masters degree in Information Assurance from Norwich University in 2009, and is currently in the process of gaining a Masters degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University.
Robert_Caverly Robert Caverly, ’09 serves as the chief policy advisor to the Senate Republican Caucus at the Maine State House. He assists in helping research, prepare and promote legislations. During budget negotiations, he works with the Republican Caucus on the Appropriations Committee as well as keeping Senate Republican leaderships apprised of pending developments. Prior to his current position, Robert serves as Field Director for the Maine Victory Campaign (2008), Field Director for the Scott Brown for US Senate campaign (2009-2010), Political Director for the Maine Senate Republican Campaign (2010), Senior Policy Advisor to Maine Senate President Kevin Raye (2010-2012), Campaign Manager for Kevin Raye’s Congressional campaign (2012), and Policy Director for the Maine Senate Republicans (2013).
 Kyle_Pfeiffer Kyle Pfeiffer, ’09 is a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. After UMaine, he earned a Masters degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Public University. He then began working as a senior consultant to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8): National Preparedness. Kyle primarily supports FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate in the development and implementation of the National Preparedness System.
 Brent_Littlefield Brent Littlefield, ’93 is the president of Littlefield Consulting a political communications firm in Alexandria, Virginia whose clients range from United States Senators to members of Congress to Governors and local officials. The firm also works with trade associations, public policy organizations, and job creating organizations. His firm specializes in social media marketing strategies, paid media TV and radio production and placement, direct mail, sophisticated phone programs, micro-target data programs and general consulting for candidates and organizations. He is a recipient of the national “Gold Pollie Award” from the American Association of Political Consultants and received a Reed Award from Campaign and Elections magazine. He has been featured as a political analyst and pundit in numerous national media outlets including FOX News, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Reader’s Digest, the Miami Herald, Charlotte Observer, Boston Globe, and on numerous radio shows. He has been cited as a source in all three Capitol Hill Newspapers: Politico, Roll Call, and The Hill.
 Kevin_Price Kevin Price, ’11 is a member of BerryDunn’s Government Consulting Group working on the Local and Medicaid Teams. His Medicaid related work consists of assisting the State of West Virginia in implementing the Medicaid provisions of the Affordable Care Act. His local work primarily consists of management consulting services for municipalities and counties, specifically assisting with system selection, needs analysis, and strategic planning. In addition, Kevin is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy and Management through University of Southern Maine which he expects to complete in 2013. While at UMaine, Kevin participated in the Congressional Internship Program (Senator Olympia Snowe, Spring 2009) and attended the Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA) at West Point, as well as partaking in the Henry Clay Center Student Congress.
Leavitt Christopher S. Leavitt, ’08 currently works in electoral politics, most recently serving as Manager for Mark Obenshain’s campaign for Attorney General in the commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to this he worked for State Senator Bryce Reeve’s successful state senatorial campaign in Virginia. Christopher has also served as the Southeast Regional Director of the Michigan Republican Party, the Deputy Campaign Manager in Mike Bouchard’s Michigan gubernatorial race, and the Victory Field Director for the Republican Party of Virginia. While at UMaine, Christopher was a member of the Sophomore Owls Honors Society and wrote a capstone entitled “International Relations and the United Nations.”
Laverty Nicklaus Laverty, ’06 recently completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Nick’s dissertation is entitled “Imperial Janus: Patterns of Governance in the Western Borderlands of the Tsarist Empire.” His research focuses on the historical and contemporary politics of Russia with a particular emphasis on historical institution formation, democratization, the development of party systems, and collective action. Nick’s graduate studies were funded in part by a prestigious graduate scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Nick has already published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles in his areas of research expertise including “Limited Choices: Russian Opposition Parties and the 2007 Duma Election,” and “The Problem of Lasting Change: Civil Society and the Colored Revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine,” both in the journal Demokratizatsiya. 
250px-Gregory_G_Johnson Admiral Gregory G. Johnson (Ret.), ’68 is a retired United States Navy Admiral and the former commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Allied Forces, Southern Europe. After graduating from the University of Maine, Admiral Johnson attended Aviation Officer Candidate School, was commissioned in 1969, and designated a Naval Aviator in 1970. What followed was a long and distinguished military career. From 1976-1990, Johnson held sea duty assignments in carrier based squadrons deploying in USS Independence, USS Nimitz, and the USS Forrestal. He served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Head of the European Command/Central Command Branch of the Joint Operations Division (JOD). He served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin L. Powell. Admiral Johnson is the recipient of numerous decorations and awards including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. Upon his retirement from the Navy in December, 2004, Johnson started Snow Ridge Associates, a strategic advice and consulting firm. He serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Policy And International Affairs at UMaine, as well as the Vice Chair for the University of Maine Board of Trustees.
Hansen.Marie_.300dpi-600x806 Marie E. Hansen, ’97 serves as the Dean of the Business School at Husson University. After UMaine, Hansen attained a Juris Doctorate from University Maine School of Law. She later gained a graduate certificate in Leadership in Education from Harvard University, a Masters certificate in Portfolio Assessment from DePaul University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at the Chicago School for Professional Psychology. Hansen has worked as an Attorney at Willey Law Office in Bangor. In 2003, she began working at Husson University where she has served as Social Sciences Chair, Associate Dean/Director of the School of Legal Studies, and Interim Dean of the Business School. After serving as Interim Dean of the Business School at Husson University for a year, she was chosen to fulfill the role in a permanent capacity in 2013. Hansen serves on numerous boards including the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, and the Board of Directors for the Penobscot County Bar Association.
parsons William B. Parsons, ’98 is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Carroll College of Montana. After UMaine, he attended graduate school at the University of Toronto with a specialization in political theory. His dissertation was entitled “The Conscience of Liberalism: A Comparison of the Political Thought of Thomas Paine and John Locke.” He also taught as a visiting professor at James Madison University from 2006-2007. He has numerous publications in academic journals and edited collections. In addition he a Fellow at the Jack Miller Center and the recipient of the 2011 Review of Politics Award, for best paper in normative political theory, awarded at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association.

 

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