Co-Director of the Maine SSN Regional Network; Professor of Political Science, University of Maine
Expertise & Civic Involvements
Fried examines how polls became important and analyzes their uses in U.S. politics and society. She teaches and writes about citizens’ political involvements and values, and is currently examining successful state marriage equality ballot initiatives. 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 University of Maine National Science Foundation grant, Fried focuses on changing and implementing policies on career-life balance and fair and appropriate evaluation.
Co-Authored with Luisa S. Deprez, SSN Basic Facts, July 2012
SSN Basic Facts, March 2012
SSN Key Findings, March 2012
"Voting Restriction Politics in Maine" (with ). New England Journal of Political Science 6, no. 2 (2012): 293-333. Examines the politics and political organizing involved in an effort that restored same-day voter registration in Maine.
Pathways to Polling: Crisis, Cooperation, and the Making of Public Opinion Professions (Routledge Press, 2011). Relationships among market researchers, candidates, political parties, media audience analysts, government officials, academics, and journalists helped polling to take hold (even after the fiasco of mistakenly predicting that Dewey would beat Truman in 1948). Their cooperation and competition shaped how polls are used today.
"‘Negro Morale,’ the Japanese-American Internment, and U.S. Government Opinion Studies during World War II," American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, September, 2011. Shows how racial bigotry influenced public policy during the New Deal and Second World War. Government studies of African-American shipyard workers, farmers and draftees acknowledged discrimination, yet the suggested means of improving “Negro morale” frequently focused on public relations. Opinion researchers saw that post- Pearl Harbor responses to Japanese-Americans were driven by not just national security concerns, but also bias, hysteria, and economic jealousy.
"Maine’s Political Warriors: Senators Snowe and Collins, Congressional Moderates in a Partisan Era" (with ). New England Journal of Political Science 4, no. 1 (2010): 95-129. American politics has become more polarized, yet through the first two years of the Obama presidency, Maine’s U.S. Senators took a different path. The traditions of this small state provide a model for more substantive and civil politics.
"The Personalization of Collective Memory: The Smithsonian’s September 11 Exhibit" Political Communication 23, no. 4 (2006): 387-406. Shows how hard it was to go beyond personal and nationalistic themes to probe what led up to and followed the terrorist attacks of September 11.
"On Red Capes and Charging Bulls: How and Why Conservative Politicians and Interest Groups Promoted Public Anger" (with ), in What is It about Government that Americans Dislike?, edited by John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse (Cambridge University Press, 2001), 157-174. Distrust in government has been cultivated by Republicans to help them win office, achieve their policy goals, give power to the institutions they control, and glean support for party and conservative movement organizations.
Muffled Echoes: Oliver North and the Politics of Public Opinion (Columbia University Press, 1997). Shows how public opinion is used as a political resource and often interpreted in self-serving ways. What the public thinks can be different from what the media and political figures say the public thinks.
- "When Sick, You Need More Than Family, Community Support," Pollways, Bangor Daily News, March 26, 2013.
- "(Some) Republicans Can't Believe Their Own Eyes as Obama Wins Again," Bangor Daily News, November 7, 2012.
- "How ObamaCare is Pressuring Romney," Pollways, Bangor Daily News, September 10, 2012.
- "It's Paul Ryan's Party Now," Pollways, Bangor Daily News, August 14, 2012.
- Amy Fried's research on the negative effects of Paul Ryan's budget plan cited in "Paul Ryan's Relatives Didn't Live Past 60, Why Should Yours?," The Huffington Post, August 11, 2012.
- Amy Fried's research on 2012 elections - Maine Senate Washington Post, June 11, 2012.
- "What Sort of Governor Would Say This?," Bangor Daily News, June 6, 2012.
- "Costly Cuts," Bangor Daily News, May 22, 2012.
- "Thirteen Years Later, Republicans are Still the Impeachment Party," Salon, July 17, 2011.
- "Polls Playing Bigger Role in Campaigns, for Better or Worse," Interview with Josie Huang, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, November 4, 2010.
- Guest to discuss Campaign Polls and Ads on Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, October 7, 2010.
- Regular contributions to Politico Arena.
Talks and Briefings
- "Democracy, the Economy and Access to the Vote," Maine League of Voters State Convention, Portland, ME, June 1, 2013.