The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center is a nonpartisan, independent research and public service unit of the University of Maine (UMaine). Created in 1989, the Center was named to continue the legacy of Senator Margaret Chase Smith who served as a model of civil discourse and integrity. The Policy Center is dedicated to improving and promoting the quality of public dialogue about state, regional, and national policy issues through applied policy research and community engagement. Our research is interdisciplinary, cutting across departmental lines to bring together faculty, students and external policy experts to address issues confronting the state and nation. We strive to continue our tradition of independent and objective inquiry – in the spirit of the respected Maine senator for whom we are named.