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Faculty & Staff - Amy Fried

PhD, University of Minnesota
BA, San Francisco State University
(207) 581-1797
Spring 2014 Office Hours:

  • Mon. 3:00-4:00
  • Thurs. 12:00-1:45 or by appointment

Spring 2014 Courses:

  • POS 304: American Political Thought
  • POS 499: American Political Development


Amy Fried is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. She is Co-Principal Investigator in a five-year National Science Foundation-funded ADVANCE-Institutional Transformation grant. Fried also oversees the Maine Policy Scholar Program at the University of Maine. She formerly served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Prof. Fried’s research primarily concerns public opinion, particularly the history and political uses of public opinion in the United States, as well as political ideas and activism.

Fried has published two books, Pathways to Polling: Crisis, Cooperation, and the Making of Public Opinion Professions (Routledge Press, 2012) and Muffled Echoes: Oliver North and the Politics of Public Opinion (Columbia University Press, 1997).

Her scholarly work has also appeared in edited volumes and journals, such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency, Environmental Politics, Gender and Society, the New England Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, and Women and Politics.

In the last several years, Fried has conducted research on intensive grassroots efforts in state-level campaigns, with research (with Emily Shaw) on the 2011 restoration of same-day voter registration in Maine and the 2012 marriage equality campaigns in Maine and Washington state.

For her work on Alexis de Tocqueville and social capital, Professor Fried received the John C. Donovan award from the New England Political Science Association.

Fried provides analysis to a wide range of media outlets and writes a biweekly column and an intermittent blog ( for the Bangor Daily News. In addition, she is co-leader of the Maine chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, a national group that brings together scholars to address public challenges and their policy implications.

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Political Science
5754 North Stevens Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5754
Phone: (207) 581-1871
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System