Full-time Faculty

Ali Ahmida


(207) 602-2804

Decary Hall

Professor Ali Abdullatif Ahmida was born in Waddan, Libya and educated at Cairo University in Egypt and The University of Washington, Seattle.  He is the founding Chair (2000 – 2014) of the Department of Political Science at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, USA.  His areas of expertise are political theory, comparative politics, and historical sociology.  His scholarship is cross-cultural and focuses on power, agency and anti-colonial resistance in North Africa, especially in modern Libya.

... Read More


Political theory

comparative politics

historical sociology of power

Modern Libya

Chair, Associate Professor

(207) 602-2535

Decary Hall

Brian Duff received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He is the author of The Parent as Citizen, (The University of Minnesota Press). He has also published research on feminist theory, voting, and the politics of race and ethnicity.
 Read More


Modern political theory; issues regarding the family and politics; the role of ideas about children in politics; American elections; public opinion; feminism; politics of race and ethnicity; patriotism.

Assistant Lecturer

(207) 602-2483

Decary Hall


James B. Roche teaches American Law & Politics

Constitutional Law

Business Law

Introduction to Law

Trial Advocacy

U.S. Congress

the U.S. Supreme Court and Healthcare Law & Policy at both the Biddeford and Portland campuses. He also continues to prac


John Carney

Adjunct Faculty Member, Political Science

John Carney received his BA from Brooklyn College after serving in the U.S. Navy. John received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. John's academic interests have focused on the complications that arise from the politics of hegemony. He is also interested in the manifold expressions of the politics of recognition. John taught for many years in New York, where he was Associate Professor of Politcal Science at Manhattanville College. He has published works on the political implications philosopher... Read More

Adjunct Faculty, Political Science


The American Presidency

Politics of New England

Political theory

Environmental politics

Affiliated Faculty

Professor of History

(207) 602-2238

Marcil Hall

Professor Burlin's specialty is 19th-century American diplomatic history. He has published a number of articles in this area and has completed a book titled Imperial Maine and Hawai'i: Interpretative Essays in the History of Nineteenth Century American Expansion  that traces connections between Maine and Hawai'i as a way to explore large issues related to American imperialism in the 19th century. He also has an interest in the perceptions and insights "foreigners" have about U.S. history, culture and society. He is... Read More


US History

US foreign policy

contemporary world affairs

Jeanne Hey

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

(207) 602-2371

Decary Hall

Jeanne Hey earned a B.A. in international relations and Spanish from Bucknell University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Ohio State University. Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of international politics, comparative foreign policy, the developing world, Latin America, and small states. She was a faculty member in Miami University's (Ohio) department of political science and program in international studies from 1992-2011, serving as the director of international studies for nine years. She... Read More


Comparative foreign policy

Latin America

developing world.

Tom Leach


(207) 602-2565

Decary Hall

I've lived in Maine since 1976, coming from Michigan.  I love Maine's natural beauty and especially its coast.  I was attracted to Maine because of the wonderful sailing along the coast and its bountiful islands,  harbors and coves.  In the off season, I enjoy alpine and nordic skiing.  I grew up in Michigan and  earned my degrees from Michigan State and Eastern Michigan Universities.  I've worked in the automobile industry, with Procter and Gamble and in small business.  While teaching... Read More


Small business



Chair, Department of Society, Culture and Languages


Academic Coordinator, Office of Citizenship and Civic Engagement

(207) 602-2327

Decary Hall

Dr. McReynolds is a Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Department of Society, Culture and Language, and the Academic Coordinator of the Office of Citizenship and Civic Engagement. He has a doctorate from Cornell University, a MA from the University of Vermont, and a BA from the Univesity of Virginia. He has been at UNE for 24 years and has taught a variety of courses and has been engaged in a wide range of scholarship. He has raised over $500,000... Read More



developmental sociology

Latin American Studies

civic engagement and citizenship

community development

environmental sociology


and societies of the future through science fiction.

Richard Peterson

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Studies

(207) 602-2862

Decary Hall

As a teacher, I seek to create opportunities for students to actively engage in their own learning, through active discussion and debate in the classroom and by getting their hands dirty in the field, whether though volunteering on an organic farm, touring the local incinerator and seeing where their garbage goes, helping out at local food shelters, taking part in a work weekend at an Eco-village, or working with community organizations in Kenya to combat soil erosion. I have spent... Read More


Ecological anthropology

indigenous ecological knowledge systems

African environmental ethics

community-based conservation

qualitative research methods

Central and East Africa


Sandra Featherman

Professor, President Emeritus

(207) 602-2483

Decary Hall

Sandra Featherman, Ph.D., was the president of the University of New England from 1995 through June 2006. The UNE Board of Trustees has named her president emeritus.

Her many awards include Champion of Economic Development, Maine Development Foundation, 2002; Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, Governor of Pennsylvania, 2004; Woman of Distinction, International Women's Forum, 2004; Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of Maine, 2006; City of Philadelphia Community Service Award, 1984; Brooks Graves Award, Pennsylvania Political Science Association, 1982;... Read More


American politics

urban politics

voting and elections

impact of race and ethnicity on voting behavior

women and politics

and public policy analysis