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Jonathan Rubin - Linda Silka

Director, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and Professor, School of Economics

Linda SilkaLinda Silka has been the director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center since 2009.  Prior to becoming a faculty member at UMaine, she directed the Center for Family, Work, and Community at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where she was a University Professor in the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development and served as the Special Assistant to the Provost for Community Outreach and Partnerships.  Silka has several decades of experience in leading community-university research partnerships on environmental, economic development, and environmental health issues with funding from federal agencies such as EPA, NIEHS, HUD, NSF, Dept of Education, as well as many foundations.  She is the author or co-author of four books and many peer-reviewed journal articles and publications on partnership research.


5784 York Complex #4, Room 217
Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
University of Maine | Orono, ME 04469.5784

Office Phone: 207.581.1553


  • Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Kansas, 1978
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Kansas, 1977
  • B.S. Psychology, University of Kansas, 1974

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