Dr. Ryan LaRochelle

Ryan LaRochelle is a lecturer at the Cohen Institute for Leadership and Public Service at the University of Maine, where he teaches courses in both leadership studies and political science. Prior to coming to the University of Maine, he was a visiting lecturer of political science at Brandeis University and a fellow at the Gordon Center for American Public Policy.

Prof. LaRochelle’s research and teaching interests include American political development, U.S. social policy, social movements, and political history. His current research analyzes the political and policymaking legacies of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society initiatives. His scholarly research has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Policy History, The Forum, and the Maine Policy Review. 

Prof. LaRochelle also co-leads, with Luisa S. Deprez, the Maine Scholars Strategy Network’s Working Group on Social Policy and the Safety Net, which brings together experts from across the state to inform public debate on issues related to poverty, inequality, and the safety net. As part of his work with SSN, Prof. LaRochelle has authored and co-authored articles on U.S. social policy in national outlets including the Washington Post and the Washington Monthly, as well as several local news outlets.

Prof. LaRochelle’s paper “The Great Society and American Political Development” was awarded the New England Political Science Association’s John C. Donovan Prize fort the best paper written by a faculty member in 2019. As a graduate student, he also received the New England Political Science Association’s Robert C. Wood prize for the best paper written by a graduate student.