Sandy Maisel has been a professor at Colby College for 40 years and is the founding director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. Professor Maisel has also held the endowed chair as the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government since 1993. He has authored or edited more than twenty books, including, American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction and Evaluating Campaign Quality: Can the Electoral Process Be Improved?
Mr. Maisel also penned “From Obscurity to Oblivion: Running in the Congressional Primary,” which chronicles his own unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Maine’s First Congressional District and all of the other primary campaigns for Congress in 1978. His published articles have appeared in many political science journals and anthologies, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and the Legislative Studies Quarterly. Mr. Maisel has served as president of the New England Political Science Association, and chair of the American Political Science Association (APSA)’s Political Organizations and Parties and Legislative studies research sections.