Michael Hillard Ph.D.


Office Location

300H Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2018

By appointment



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Economics University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1988
  • M.S. Economics University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1986
  • B.A. Social Thought and Political Economy University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1980


Dr. Hillard has taught at the University of Southern Maine for the past 30 years, and is the Executive Director of USM’s new Food Studies program. He attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, receiving a B.A. in 1980 (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Masters in Economics in 1986, and a Ph.D in Economics. in 1988. 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; and Historical Studies in Industrial Relation, 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; his article “Capitalist Class Agency and the New Deal Order,” co-authored with Richard McIntyre (University of Rhode Island) won the Review of Radical Political Economics Best Essay award for 2013.  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.  Professor Hillard works actively with the Maine food-based business sector and also actively participates in economic public policy debates on issues affecting Maine working people, including frequent testimony to the Maine legislature. 

 He was 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 Fall of the Paper Plantation. Having done over 150 oral history interviews, he co-produced two related radio documentaries – “Madawaska Rebellion” and “Remembering Mother Warren.”