Faculty & Staff - Richard Powell
PhD, MA, Northwestern University
BA, Connecticut College
243 North Stevens Hall
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Richard J. Powell is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Peter Madigan ’81 Congressional Internship Program and the Kenneth Palmer Maine State Legislative Internship Program. His research and teaching interests include the U.S. Presidency, Congress, Mass Media, Elections, State Politics, and Constitutional Law. He is actively involved on campus with the Honors College and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and also serves as the advisor for UMaine’s minor in Legal Studies.
Professor Powell is the author of journal articles and book chapters on presidential-congressional relations, presidential communications, and presidential and congressional elections. He has also published articles on the effects of term limits on the political system and co-authored 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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