Amy Fried

John Mitchell Nickerson ProfeAmy Fried ssor of Political Science & Department Chair
PhD, University of Minnesota
BA, San Francisco State University

Amy Fried is John Mitchell Nickerson Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Maine. Fried 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. Fried was the Policy Advocate in the Rising Tide Center, which was funded by a five-year National Science Foundation ADVANCE-Institutional Transformation grant she co-wrote and for which she served as Co-Principal Investigator

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

 Fried has published two scholarly books, Muffled Echoes: Oliver North and the Politics of Public Opinion (Columbia University Press, 1997) and Pathways to Polling: Crisis, Cooperation, and the Making of Public Opinion Professions (Routledge Press, 2012). Her scholarly work has also appeared in many edited volumes and journals. Her co-authored book, At War With Government: How Conservatives Weaponized Distrust from Goldwater to Trump, is forthcoming in summer 2021. 

Fried provides analysis to a wide range of media outlets and writes a biweekly column for the Bangor Daily News. In addition, she is a 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. 

Prof. Fried won the 2019 Rising Tide Career Recognition Award and the 2016 Presidential Public Service Award from the University of Maine and in 2015 was named the Outstanding faculty member in Service and Outreach by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 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.

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Spring 2021 Office Hours:

  • Tu 1-2:45 pm, W 11-12pm and by appointment (via Zoom)

Spring 2021 Courses:

  • POS 499-Race and American Politics