David Scott Palmer

Professor Emeritus

Office: 152 Bay State Road, Room G1
Phone: 617.353.9388
E-mail: dspalmer@bu.edu
Education: B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of Specialization: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Latin American Studies

Professor Palmer is the author of six books, most recently Power, Institutions, and Leadership in War and Peace: Lessons from Peru and Ecuador, 1995-1998, Texas, 2012, paperback edition, 2013 (with David Mares). This book appeared in a Spanish translation in 2014 as Poder, instituciones y liderazgo en la paz y la guerra: Aprendizajes de Perú y Ecuador (1995-1998), Atrio, Quito, Ecuador. Earlier books include studies of U.S.-Latin American Relations during the Clinton administrations, the Shining Path guerrilla movement in Peru, Latin American military regimes, Peruvian politics, and the political economy of Peru’s agrarian reform. He is also the author of more than 60 articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including the Latin American military, democratic transitions, “informal politics,” guerrilla movements, border disputes, and U.S. foreign policy. He lectures regularly at U.S. State Department and U.S. military training facilities.

At Boston University, Professor Palmer has served as Chairman of the Political Science Department, Associate Chairman of the Department of International Relations, and as Director of Latin American Studies and Co-Director of Peru Summer, programs that he helped to found. Before joining the Boston University faculty, he was at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute as Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Associate Dean for Programs of the School of Area Studies. He has also taught at a number of colleges and universities, including Bowdoin, Princeton, Georgetown, George Washington, and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru. Among honors and awards, he has received a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Peru and the Federico Gil Chair in Politics at the University of Salamanca, Spain.

Although Professor Palmer has emeritus status, he continues to teach the following courses:

PO 566/IR411 Conflict & Conflict Resolution in Latin America

PO768/IR713 Latin America Past & Present

Professor Palmer regularly taught the following courses:
Introduction to Latin American Politics and International Relations. (PO 367 / IR 367)
Conflict & Conflict Resolution in Latin America (PO 566/IR 411)  See the PO/IR 566 syllabus here
Latin American Politics. (PO 567 / IR 567)
United States-Latin American Relations. (PO 568 / IR 568) (to be offered Fall 07) See the PO/IR 568 syllabus here
Seminar: Latin American Comparative Politics. (PO 767 / IR 767) (to be offered Fall 07) See the PO/IR 767 syllabus here
Seminar: Latin America Past and Present. (PO 768/IR 713) See the PO/IR 768 syllabus here
Seminar: Latin American Policies of the United States. (PO 787 / IR 787)

For more information:
Curriculum Vitae