Maurice T. Cunningham is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He teaches courses in American government including Massachusetts Politics, The American Presidency, Catholics in Political Life, The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln, American Political Thought, and Public Policy. His book Maximization, Whatever the Cost: Race, Redistricting and the Department of Justice examines the role of the DOJ in requiring states to maximize minority voting districts in the Nineties. He has published articles dealing with the role of the Catholic Church in Massachusetts politics and on party politics in the state. His research interests focus upon the changing political culture of Massachusetts. Professor Cunningham’s latest paper “The Defeat of Physician Assisted Suicide: Morality and Message in a Massachusetts Referendum” is forthcoming in American Catholic Studies in July 2014. He is working on a book on Massachusetts Politics.
Professor Cunningham earned his PhD in Political Science at Boston College, a Masters in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and a JD at New England Law. He is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts and lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.