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Faculty & Staff - Richard Powell

PhD, MA, Northwestern University
BA, Connecticut College
243 North Stevens Hall
(207) 581-1795
Spring 2014 Office Hours:

  • Tues/Thu. 11-12:00 

Spring 2014 Courses:

  • POS 100-American Government (Online)
  • POS 354-U.S. Presidency
  • POS 359-Leadership (with Mark Brewer)
  • POS 493-American Politics Internship
  • POS 495-Congressional Internship

Photo with Tie (Square)Richard J. Powell
is Professor of Political Science, Director of the new Institute for Leadership and Democracy, and Director of the Peter Madigan ’81 Congressional Internship Program and Kenneth Palmer Maine State Legislative Internship Program. His research and teaching interests include the U.S. Presidency, Congress, Leadership, Mass Media, Elections, and State Politics. He is actively involved with the Honors College and also serves as the advisor for UMaine’s minor in Legal Studies.

Professor Powell is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on presidential-congressional relations, presidential communications, presidential and congressional elections, and state politics. He has also co-authored The 2012 Presidential Election: Forecasts, Outcomes, and Consequences (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), Legislating Without Experience: Case Studies in State Legislative Term Limits (Lexington Books, 2007) and Changing Members: The Maine Legislature in the Era of Term Limits (Lexington Books, 2004).

In 2010 he was a Fulbright Lecturer at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China (one of the top five universities in China), where he taught graduate-level courses on American elections and political institutions. He has also lectured at some of China’s top universities including Tsinghua University (Beijing), Fudan University (Shanghai), Sichuan University (Chengdu), Northwest University (Xi’an), and Xi’an International Studies University (Xi’an).

He is a past recipient of the Founder’s Award from the PRG of the American Political Science Association for his research on presidential speechmaking and travel. He is a frequent commentator in the local and national media, and had been interviewed by a number of major news outlets including the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Newsweek. He has served on the executive councils of the American Political Science Association’s Presidency Research Group and the New England Political Science Association, and is a past editor of the Presidency Research Group Report.

Professor Powell joined the University of Maine faculty in 2001. Prior to coming to the University of Maine, he taught at Hamilton College (where he was Director of the Semester in Washington DC Program). He has also held visiting faculty appointments at Colby College (Maine) and Beloit College (Wisconsin).

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