Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Fried teaches and writes about citizens’ political involvements and values, and is currently examining how conservatives promoted distrust in government in the Tea Party age. Several works examine how polling developed and analyze their uses in U.S. politics and society. Fried is a member of the advisory committee for the Maine Community Foundation’s Policy Scholars Program, and works with students researching state-level public policy. As Rising Tide Policy Advocate, a position supported by a National Science Foundation grant, Fried focuses on changing and implementing University of Maine policies on career-life balance and fair and appropriate evaluation.
Fried writes a biweekly column (http://bangordailynews.com/author/amyfried/) and a blog (pollways.com) in the Bangor Daily News. She frequently comments on the radio and television and in print media.
Talks and Briefings
Fried regularly gives talks in Maine on public opinion and public policy, in venues ranging from libraries to colleges to churches and synagogues and groups such as the League of Women Voters. During the presidency of George W. Bush, Fried addressed Maine audiences about his proposals to privatize Social Security, as well as about media coverage of the run-up to the Iraq war. In fall 2012, Fried spoke to civic groups on health policy and on the potential impacts of the Ryan budget.