Maine Center for Business and Economic Research

Charles S. Colgan Ph.D.

Senior Research Advisor & Professor Emeritus of Public Policy & Management, Muskie School of Public Service

Office Location

226 Wishcamper Center, Portland



Academic Degrees

  • University of Maine, Ph.D., 1992
  • Colby College, B.A., 1971


Dr. Charles S. Colgan serves as a Senior Research Associate for the Center for Business and Economic Research and is the Director of Research for the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California. At CBE, Dr. Colgan oversees the conduct of research activities and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics (JOCE). He also serves as adjunct faculty in the International Environmental Policy Studies program. Prior to these roles, Dr. Colgan served as the Russell Chair in Education and Philosophy at U.S.M., a Professor of Public Policy and Management in the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, and as Chair of the Muskie School’s PhD Program in Public Policy. His long term economic forecasts are used by the Maine Department of Transportation and the Economic Development Districts of Maine. Prior to joining the University of Southern Maine, he served in the Maine State Planning Office, was State Economist, and Director of Natural Resource and Economic Policy.