Policy, Planning, and Management

Michael Hillard

Professor of Economics
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Office Location

11 Chamberlain Avenue, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Ph.D in Economics, 1988
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Masters in Economics, 1986
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst, B.A. (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 1980


Dr. Hillard has taught at the University of Southern Maine for the past 26 years. He taught at Wellesley College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst prior to coming to USM. He has published widely in the fields of labor relations, labor history and the political economy of labor in academic journals including Labor: Studies in \Working Class History of the Americas, Labor History, Review of Radical Political Economics, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Journal of Economic Issues; Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, and Rethinking Marxism, and is co-editor with Jonathan Goldstein of Heterodox Macroeconomics: Keynes, Marx, and Globalization (Routledge Press, 2009). His essay, “Labor at Mother Warren,” won the Labor History’s “Best Essay, U.S. Topic” prize for 2004. He has also written over 20 op-ed and special essays for The Boston Globe, The Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, The Lewiston Sun-Journal, and The Nation. He is a member of Occupy Maine and has worked with Maine labor movement activists since 1986.  Professor Hillard also actively participates in economic public policy debates on issues affecting Maine working people, including frequent testimony to the Maine legislature.  In 2009, he served as an advisor and spokesperson for the Maine effort to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.

He is the University of Southern Maine’s 2011-2012 Trustee Professor, and is currently writing a book on the history of Maine’s paper and logging workers entitled The Rise and Fall of the Paper Plantation.