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Michael Hannahan

Michael Hannahan

Professional Title: 

Lecturer of Political Science
Director, Civic Initiative, Donahue Institute


Thompson Hall

Phone Number: 

413-627 2605


Office Hours: 

Wednesday 11-2


Phd, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Michael Hannahan, Director of the UMass Civic Initiative, a program based in the Donahue Institute. As Director, he has managed 47 different exchange programs over the past 11 years and has spoken extensively in Pakistan, Iraq, Indonesia, and Argentina. He has also managed programs in Croatia, Russia, and Bulgaria. Dr. Hannahan's research examines the effects of political campaign activity, especially direct mail and phone banks. Dr. Hannahan has worked for political parties, managed campaigns and political consulting firms, and served as senior advisor to former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift. He teaches American Political Thought, American Government, Campaign Finance and Reform, and Modern Political Campaigns. Dr. Hannahan received his master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his bachelor's degree from Miami University (Ohio).


  • Political Science