Department of Political Science

Beck, Linda
Professor of Political Science
Phone: 207.778.7341
1996 PhD University of Wisconsin; 1991 MA University of Wisconsin; 1985 BA Skidmore College
Areas of Expertise
International & Global Studies: International Relations and Global Politics
Political Science: Comparative Politics (Africa, Muslim World), Environmental Politics, Political Philosophy

Since joining the faculty in 2006, Linda Beck has developed several new courses that reflect her research interests, such as Political Activism and Advocacy in which students work on a service-learning project with one of Maine's many non-profit organizations. Linda has herself conducted research on social accountability in both Africa and Asia. She has also worked with Maine's environmental community, serving as president of the Maine Conservation Alliance. Her work on environmental issues in the US and overseas informs her newly developed course, Environmental Politics in Comparative Perspective. Linda has published various articles, chapters in edited volumes and a book on ethno-politics and democratization in Senegal (W. Africa), and has conducted research for various deveopment organizations such as the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Freedom House, and the International Budget Project.

Erb, Scott
Professor Political Sciences
Phone: 207.778.7486
1994 PhD University of Minnesota; 1984 MA John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; 1982 BA Augustana College (Sioux Falls)
Areas of Expertise
International & Global Studies:
Political Science: Comparative Politics, International Relations

Scott Erb is a professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations, foreign policy and the European Union.   Scott earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1994 and has been at UMF since 1995.   Scott’s research focus is on Germany and the EU, and he has published a book German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era (2003).   His current research project involves investigating how the European Union can be a model for politics in the era of globalization.  Scott is also active in the Honors Program, International Studies, and has participated in a number of travel courses to Italy, Austria and Germany.  

Melcher, James
Professor of Political Science
Phone: 207.778.7416
1995 PhD University of Minnesota; 1985 BA University of Wisconsin
Areas of Expertise
Political Science: American Presidency, Constitutional Law, Elections, Maine Politics, New England and Midwestern U.S. Politics, Political Parties, Pre-Law Advisor, State Politics

Jim Melcher was born and raised in Madison, WI, one of America's most politically active cities. His undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Geography are a reflection of his strong interest in the interactions between American politics, geography and history. He went on to write his doctoral dissertation on state political parties at the University of Minnesota, and was the last doctoral student of legendary parties scholar Frank Sorauf. He's taught at UMF since 1999 and teaches a wide range of courses on American politics, government and political thought. He also serves as pre-law adviser. He has become known throughout the University of Maine system for his work on the Maine Public Policy Scholars program, and has become a frequent "voice of the University" in his numerous interviews as a political expert with media both within and outside Maine. Jim and his wife Nancy Finnegan live in Augusta, ME.

Saviello, Thomas
Part-Time Faculty
Phone: 207.778.7432
1978 PhD University of Maine; 1974 MS University of Maine; 1972 BS University of Tennessee
Areas of Expertise
Geography: Environmental regulations and compliance, Forestry and Forest Management
Political Science: Maine Politics