Maxwell Palmer

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University



I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston University. I received my Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2014.

I study American political institutions, including Congress, the judiciary, electoral institutions, and local political institutions. I am particularly interested in how rules shape individual decision making and on the effects of political time on institutional outcomes. My work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. My current research focuses on the returns to office for former politicians, local politics and institutions, and methods for analyzing redistricting plans and gerrymandering.

I teach courses on American politics and institutions (Introduction to American Politics, Congress and Its Critics, and Prohibition), and methodology (Formal Political Theory and Political Analysis).

I graduated from Bowdoin College in 2008 with an A.B. in Government and Mathematics. From 2008 to 2010 I worked as an economic consultant specializing in the energy sector.

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Research

Publications

Working Papers

Teaching

Introduction to American Government

Congress and Its Critics

Formal Political Theory

Prohibition, Regulation, and Bureaucracy

Political Analysis


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Dataverse

Election Data


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