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.


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?