Richard J. Powell

Richard J. Powell is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Cohen Institute for Leadership & Public Service. He also oversees 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, State Politics, and Elections. He also serves as the advisor for UMaine’s minors in Leadership Studies and 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).