About the Author
Amy Fried is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. She is the author of two scholarly books, Muffled Echoes (Columbia University Press) and Pathways to Polling (Routledge), as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Fried writes a biweekly column at the Bangor Daily News and blogs at Pollways.com. Jim Melcher is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine at Farmington. He is frequently interviewed about American politics by media outlets inside and outside of Maine, has won six teaching awards during his career and has authored many scholarly articles and papers.