Robert W. Glover

Associate Professor of Honors and Political Science, University of Maine
Chapter Leader: Maine SSN

About Robert

Glover’ research deals with the implications of citizenship and immigration policy for how we understand political membership, participation, and community. In his teaching, Glover leads an innovative series of courses in which students and local community partners engage in collaborative research to confront local challenges utilizing existing assets and resources. He has been involved in efforts to increase civic engagement and has testified before state congressional committees on matters related to civic engagement and responsibility.


In the News

Robert W. Glover quoted on the state of Maine's political affairs by Gabrielle Gurley, "Maine Dumped Caucuses for Primaries, but COVID-19 Overshadows Super Tuesday Vote" The American Prospect, March 2, 2020.
"Look to Portugal to Address the Opioid Crisis," Robert W. Glover, Bangor Daily News, August 13, 2019.
"As Maine Goes ... So Goes the Way Americans Vote?," Robert W. Glover (with Amy Fried), The American Prospect, June 22, 2018.
Robert W. Glover quoted on campaign finance by Christopher Cousins, "Janet Mills’ Work as AG Grew More Political after She Joined Governor’s Race. She Says Trump is the Reason." Bangor Daily News, May 14, 2018.
"New Arrivals Will Help Maine Confront its Employment Crisis," Robert W. Glover (with Cleo Barker), Bangor Daily News, April 10, 2018.
"The Senate Tax Plan Would Harm Maine Communities," Robert W. Glover, Bangor Daily News, November 30, 2017.
"GOP Budget and Tax Plans Would Hurt Maine Students, Working Class, and the Elderly," Robert W. Glover, Research Shows, Bangor Daily News, October 17, 2017.
Robert W. Glover quoted on guns in America by Editorial Board, "Violence Has Declined in America, but Increased Fire Power Makes Shootings More Deadly" Bangor Daily News, October 5, 2017.
"Congress Must Fix Trump's Terrible Mistake on DACA," Robert W. Glover, Bangor Daily News, September 12, 2017.
Robert W. Glover quoted on Maine voters by Christopher Burns, "In General Election, Trump Sees a Chance to Make Maine Red Again" Bangor Daily News, June 3, 2016.
"How Maine Showed Marriage Means the Same to Everyone," Robert W. Glover (with Amy Fried), Bangor Daily News, July 2, 2015.
"How Straight People Finally Realized That Gay Couples ‘Respect’ Marriage," Robert W. Glover (with Amy Fried), Talking Points Memo, June 26, 2015.
"5 Ways to Keep Recent College Grads in the Bangor Area," Robert W. Glover, Bangor Daily News , May 22, 2015.
"LePage-King Dustup Has Drawn Us Away from Important Policy Debate," Robert W. Glover, Research Shows, Bangor Daily News, March 29, 2015.
"Why Some Feel Threatened by Unaccompanied Minors, Despite the Facts," Robert W. Glover (with Jordan LaBouff and Megan Dunphy), Bangor Daily News, August 5, 2014.
"What the EBT Misuse Data Really Tells Us," Robert W. Glover, Research Shows, Bangor Daily News, January 8, 2014.
"Immigration Reform: Let's Take a Step Forward," Robert W. Glover, Bangor Daily News, June 11, 2013.
"Immigration Reform: An Opportunity for Bipartisanship," Robert W. Glover, Bangor Daily News, March 19, 2013.
"Suspending MaineCare for Migrants is Shortsighted, Unethical," Robert W. Glover, Bangor Daily News, November 27, 2012.
"Both Democrats and Republicans Fail to Fulfill Promises on Immigration Reform," Robert W. Glover, Office Hours, PolicyMC, February 8, 2012.
"Colbert’s Testimony Shed Light on Immigrant Labor Abuses," Robert W. Glover, Harrisonburg Daily News Record, October 1, 2010.


"Choice, Power and Perspective: The Neglected Question of Who Initiates Engaged Campus-Community Partnerships" (with Linda Silka). Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement 6 (2013): 38-56.
Argues that attention needs to be directed to the neglected but ultimately more fundamental question of who is ‘allowed’ to initiate the partnerships between campuses and communities. Examines the seemingly simple and straightforward issue of who initiates the partnership leads us into the complex problems of choice, power and perspective which bedevil campus-community partnerships. Argues that until these problems are fully addressed, the partnership approach is unlikely to achieve its status as a central means by which community-university engagement can be realized in academia.
Teaching Politics beyond the Book: Film, Literature and New Media in the Class Room (edited with Daniel Tagliarina) (Continuum Press, 2012).
Examines innovative ways to teach politics in higher education utilizing literature, film, graphic novels, social media, theatre, and popular music. In addition to co-editing this original collection, Glover (with Tagliarina) contributes a chapter examining the use of utopian socialist fiction to make sense of the contemporary economic downturn.
"Games without Frontiers?: Democratic Engagement, Agonistic Pluralism, and the Question of Exclusion" Philosophy and Social Criticism 38, no. 1 (2012): 81-104.
Analyzes the tension between calls for greater democratic inclusion and the need to, at some point, establish boundaries as to who partakes in the democratic conversation. Develops a conceptual framework for democratic participation where we recognize the necessity of exclusion in political life, but periodically subject these boundaries to democratic contestation.
"Radically Rethinking Citizenship: Disaggregation, Agonistic Pluralism, and the Politics of Immigration in the United States" Political Studies 59, no. 2 (2011): 209-229.
Examines the 2006 pro-immigrant protests in the United States as an important moment for American democracy. Argues that such protests constitute a “moment of opportunity” which enables us to think about political citizenship in more expansive (and potentially less violent and exclusionary) ways.