Political Science Major

Ronald Schmidt Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science; Coordinator, Political Science Major
Ronald  Schmidt Jr., Ph.D.


1 Chamberlain Ave, 1st floor, Portland Campus

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-4581

Dr. Ronald Schmidt is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of History and Political Science. Professor Schmidt received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the University of Southern Maine in 1999.

Ph. D. University of California, Berkeley (1998)

M.A. University  of California, Berkeley (1990)

B.A. University of California, Berkeley (1988)

Research Interests

Professor Schmidt specializes in political theory (American and European), racial and ethnic politics (American) and urban politics.

Recent Publications

Professor Schmidt is the author of This Is the City: Making Model Citizens in Los Angeles (University of Minnesota Press, 2005).  His chapter "Vile Task" was published in the collected volume The Last Western (Bloomsbury Academic2012).  His work has been published in Political Theory, Theory and Event, Perspectives on Politics, Contemporary Political Theory, and in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory.  He is currently at work on a book about time and trauma in American political thought.