Amy Fried

University of Maine political scientist who focuses on the history and uses of public opinion in the United States

Amy Fried is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine and co-leader of the Maine chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, a national group that brings together scholars to address public challenges and their policy implications. Most of Fried's research focuses on the history and political uses of public opinion in the United States. She has also conducted research on political ideas and activism. Her books include "Pathways to Polling: Crisis, Cooperation, and the Making of Public Opinion Professions" and "Muffled Echoes: Oliver North and the Politics of Public Opinion." She is currently working on a book on the strategic promotion on distrust in government. Fried writes a biweekly column for the Bangor Daily News and blogs at