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Frank Talty

Frank Talty, Co-director, Center for Public Opinion

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Frank Talty, Ph.D., is a director of the university's Center for Public Opinion which is intended to help students understand the government and political process while encouraging civil engagement. In partnership with media partners, the Center conducts polling research that examines how the public feels about political, social and economic issues.

Talty is a lecturer in the Political Science Department, where he also serves as assistant dean in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and pre-law adviser. His experience spans law, politics and Irish history. Prior to working at the University, Talty practiced civil litigation law in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for over 20 years. As an attorney, he argued cases before the Supreme Courts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He is co-author of Massachusetts Practice, Methods of Practice, a three-volume set on 17 areas of the law published by Thomson West, including corporate law, wills and estates, landlord/tenant, the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act and Worker’s Compensation.

Talty teaches American Politics, American Courts and Judicial Process, Law and the Legal System, Public Policy and Administration and Irish Politics. He developed UMass Lowell’s successful First Year Student program, which has improved student success figures, its new B.A. and M.A. programs in Peace and Conflict Studies and is campus liaison to the Washington Center, a nationally recognized internship program providing UMass Lowell students with full semester experiences in Washington D.C. He led a student group of interns at the 2008 Democratic National Nominating Convention in Denver as part of the Washington Center programming.

He comments regularly on national politics, and has been quoted in such print publications as Congressional Quarterly, Politico, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald, and in various radio and television spots.