College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Joseph A. Conforti

Professor Emeritus of American and New England Studies


98 Bedford Street Portland, ME

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Phone: 207-780-4920

Joseph Conforti is Professor Emeritus of American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine.

He received his PhD in American Civilization from Brown University. He has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also been the recipient of the Richard Beale Davis Prize of the Modern Language Association and the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association's annual best book award and the Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize from the Maine Humanities Council, 2010.

He is the author of seven books about New England, including Imagining New England: Explorations of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press), Saints and Strangers: New England in British North America (Johns Hopkins University Press), and a memoir, Another City Upon a Hill (University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth). He also edited and contributed to Creating Portland: History and Place in Northern New England (University Press of New England).

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Check out Joseph's publications on USM's Digital Commons: Digital Commons - Joseph Conforti

Professor Ed Collom Awarded 2015-2016 Trustee Professorship

Dr. Ed Collom, Professor of Sociology, is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Trustee Professorship.  The award was established by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees to reward excellence and support a research project by releasing the holder from a portion of their teaching duties.

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