Harvey D. Palmer


Harvey D. Palmer.

Harvey D. Palmer


Harvey D. Palmer


Scholarly Interests

Comparative political behavior; voting and elections; econometrics; political sophistication and public opinion; research methods; international political economy; comparative political economy; public choice; game theory

Contact Information

522 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-8449



Harvey D. Palmer is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University at Buffalo. His research largely focuses on elections, voting behavior and public opinion from American and comparative perspectives. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and various subfield journals and edited volumes. Prior to joining the UB faculty, he taught at the University of Mississippi and at George Mason University (in Economics). While at the University of Mississippi, he directed the Public Policy Research Center and the Social Science Research Laboratory, which were awarded more than $3 million in external grants during his tenure. 


  • PhD, University of Rochester
  • MA, University of Rochester
  • BA, University of Virginia

Current Research

Theory drift in economic voting models; investigating heterogeneity in the impact of Black empowerment; understanding temporal trends in party affect; endogenous gender quotas; accounting for endogeneity in the success of UN peacekeeping missions; group differences in the accuracy of European and American perceptions of the economy; how European Union fiscal policies influence public support

Courses Taught

  • PSC 503 – Comparative Politics
  • PSC 505 – American Politics
  • PSC 531 – Intermediate Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • PSC 622 – Comparative Politics Behavior

Selected Publications