Liam Riordan


Professor of History, University of Maine

Liam received his undergraduate B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Maine in Orono since 1997. He is a specialist on the American Revolution, and has published about religious, racial and ethnic diversity in the Philadelphia region from 1770 to 1830, and the history of Loyalists, those who opposed the American Revolution. Liam currently serves on the City of Bangor’s Historic Preservation Commission. He is the past the Director of the University of Maine Humanities Center, and is a past board member of the Maine Humanities Council. He helps to organize Maine National History Day, a statewide history contest for middle and high school students. Liam’s wife is the principal of Reeds Brook Middle School in Hamden and they have two children. His family lived in Scotland in 2012, when he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Glasgow.


  • What Did We Learn from the Maine State Bicentennial? Reflections on Historical Commemoration

  • Picturing Maine’s Indigenous Context: Colonialism and the Penobscot
  • What are the Humanities, and Why are They Essential for our Future?

  • The Five Most Important Things to Know about the American Revolution

  • The American Revolution & the Origins of Multiculturalism in the U.S.

  • Does the American Revolution Look Different from the Penobscot River?