Honors Program

Francesca Vassallo Ph.D

Associate Professor of Political Science
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Office Location

55 Exeter Street, Portland Campus


Phone: (207) 780-4294


Dr. Francesca Vassallo is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of History and Political Science. Professor Vassallo received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University. She joined the University of Southern Maine in 2002.

Dr. Vassallo also teaches Interdisciplinary Introduction to Logic and Mathematics in the USM Honors Program.


Ph. D. Political Science, Georgetown University (2002)

M.A. German and European Studies, Georgetown University(2001)

M.A. International Affairs, American University (1996)

B.A. University of Padoa (Italy) (1993)

Research Interests

Professor Vassallo's research and teaching interests focus on the comparison of political participation models between the EU and the US.

Recent Publications

Professor Vassallo's articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals including French Politics, Journal of Balkan & Near Eastern Studies, and Journal of Contemporary European Studies. She has a chapter in The Ashgate Research Companion to Federalism. She is the author of France, Social Capital and Political Activism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).