Professor of History, University of Maine


Liam Riordan is a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Maine in Orono. 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. Riordan currently serves on Bangor’s Historic Preservation Commission.

He is the past the Director of the University of Maine Humanities Center, and a former board member of the Maine Humanities Council. He helps 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.


Picturing Maine’s Indigenous Context: Colonialism and the Penobscot

This illustrated lecture uses the recent removal of the Gomez Memorial in Bangor, Maine, and four works of art created from 1835 to 2020 to reconsider how we understand colonialism in the lower Penobscot river and bay as well as the experiences of Penobscot people and their nation. Contemporary Wabanaki vitality has profound implications for how we should understand colonialism and this region in the past, present, and future. Our shared landscape is inscribed with memories about the past (from place names to monuments and more) that provide a rich point of entry to better understand ourselves and our history. 

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

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?