Food Studies Program

Michael Hillard PhD

Professor of Economics
Michael Hillard

Office Location

300H Payson Smith, Portland Campus


(207) 780-4490

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Master's in Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • BA in Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst


Dr. Hillard has taught at the University of Southern Maine for the past 30 years. He attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, receiving a B.A. in 1980 (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Master's 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.


Food Studies Program Council Member


Currently on Sabbatical until Summer 2020.