Political Science Major

Francesca Vassallo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science
Francesca Vassallo, Ph.D.


421 Luther Bonney, Portland Campus

Office Hours

On Sabbatical Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Contact Information

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 and is currently serving as Political Science Program Chair.


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).