L. Sandy Maisel L. Sandy Maisel
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Professor Maisel came to Colby College in 1971. Currently he is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government, chair of the Government Department, and director of the Colby in Washington Program. A former candidate for Congress and a Democratic party activist, he is the author of From Obscurity to Oblivion: Running in the Congressional Primary, Parties and Elections in America: The Electoral Process (published in its Third Edition, Post-Election Edition in 2001), and Two Parties -- Or More? The American Party System, with John Bibby, published in a second edition in 2002; he is also the editor of The Parties Respond: Changes in American Parties and CampaignsI,now in its fourth edition, as well as the general editor of Jews in American Politics and Political Parties and Elections in the United States: An Encyclopedia. Sandy is also the series editor of Westview Press' Dilemmas in American Politics series.

    Finally, he is currently working on two grants. The first is a long-run project to study congressional candidate emergence and, more specifically, why the most qualified potential candidates often choose not to run for Congress. This project, which has involved surveys in each of the last three congressional election cycles, has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Sandy is co-principal investigator on this project with Walter Stone, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis, and Cherie Maestas, assistant professor of political science at Texas Tech University.

    The second grant, from the Pew Charitable Trusts, involves an examination of the impact of various efforts to improve the quality of the electoral process. On this grant, Sandy is co-principal investigator with Darrell West, professor of political science at Brown University.

    Sandy is a past president of the New England Political Science Association and past chair of the Political Organizations and Parties and Legislative Studies organized sections of the American Political Science Association. He was the Philippine Centennial Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer in Manila, the Philippines in the fall of 1998 and Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington in the spring of 1999. Sandy is married to Patrice Franko, who teaches economics and international studies at Colby; their dog Nicklaus is frequently seen in one of their offices.

        Unbeknownst to many, Sandy has written a cookbook entitled The College Professor's Cookbook. While he has yet to settle on the right publisher that will have the privilege of issuing this book to the eager masses, he has graciously agreed to give us all a "taste" of some of the best recipes we will find in the book. Good luck!
  • Sandy's Ultimate Chocolate Cake
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Mother's Brownies With Mint Icing
  • Butterscotch Brownies
  • Sandy's Cookies
  • Cheese Cake
  • Chocolate Silk Pie
  • Peach Pie
  • Strawberry Pie