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Politics Expert Frank Talty

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Frank Talty, Politics and Law

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Frank Talty, Ph.D., serves as assistant dean of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at UMass Lowell. His experience spans law, politics and Irish history.

He is director of the University's Center for Public Opinion that's intended to help students understand the government and political process while encouraging civil engagement. The Center conducts polling research that examines how the public feels about political, social and economic issues.

As pre-law adviser at UMass Lowell, he guides students interested in careers in the law. He coaches the UMass Lowell Mock Trial Team that competes in the annual American Mock Trial Competition and is faculty advisor to the Pre-law Society, an extra-curricular student organization. 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 has taught 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 and the 2012 Republican National Nominating Convention in Tampa as part of the Washington Center programming.

As co-director of the UMass Lowell Center for Irish Partnerships, Talty led a delegation of University faculty to Belfast in November of 2008 that culminated in a Memorandum of Agreement between Queen’s University and UMass Lowell to collaborate on research, teaching and student experiences. With signed collaborative agreements with Dublin City University and joint programs with St. Mary’s University College on the Falls Road in West Belfast and the National University of Ireland at Galway, UMass Lowell has provided students with opportunities for international experience by studying abroad. 

Talty is the U.S. project director for the Irish-American Heritage Archaeological Program with Queen’s University Belfast. Irish Archaeologists lead students from both universities on an excavation of artifacts in Lowell and Northern Ireland to better understand the lifestyles of the early Irish who immigrated to the U.S. in the 19th century.

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.

Talty has his B.A. in Political Science from UMass Lowell, an M.A. in Public Administration, a law degree from Suffolk University and a Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University in Boston.