Maxwell Palmer

Associate Professor of Political Science; Associate Chair


  • Fall 2023: PO 399, Data Science for Politics.
  • Spring 2024: PO 336, Voting Rights

Areas of Specialization: 

  • American Political Institutions
  • Congress and Legislatures
  • Redistricting and Election Law
  • Local Politics and Housing
  • Data Science

Maxwell Palmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, a Civic Tech Fellow in the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences, and a Faculty Fellow at the Initiative on Cities. He joined the Department and Boston University in 2014, after receiving his Ph.D. in Political Science at Harvard University. He studies study American political institutions, including Congress, electoral institutions, and local political institutions, with a particularly focus on how institutional arrangements and rules impact representation and policy outcomes. Prof. Palmer also works as a consultant and expert witness on questions about voting rights, redistricting, and representation.

Prof. Palmer teaches courses in American Politics and Political Methodology.

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