|Professor/Abraham Lincoln Professor of Political Philosophy
PhD, Boston College
231 North Stevens
|Spring 2012 Office Hours:
Michael Palmer is Professor of Political Science and Abraham Lincoln Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Maine. His research interests generally focus on political theory, history of political thought, politics and literature, and politics and film. He has taught in the university’s Honors College since 1983. He is the recipient of many national and international academic awards, fellowships, honors, and distinctions from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Liberty Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and the John M. Olin Foundation, and has published scholarly articles in the most distinguished academic journals in the United States and Canada including the American Political Science Review, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Interpretation: a journal of political philosophy, and the Review of Politics. Professor Palmer was described by Professor Clifford Orwin of the University of Toronto, who writes a regular column for the Toronto Globe and Mail, as “one of the most successful teachers of political philosophy in North America today.”
Professor Palmer has been invited to lecture at the University of London; the University of Wales; the University of Navarre, Spain; and the University of Malta; as well as at colleges and universities in the United States. He was elected in 2002, and has since been reelected, President of the Maine chapter of the National Association of Scholars. Since, 2003, Professor Palmer has served as an Editor of Interpretation. In 2006, he was given the University of Maine’s “Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching” in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and in 2007 awarded a grant from a private foundation to establish a new “Program in Western Civilization and American Liberty”. In 2008, his expertise on the implicit political philosophy inherent in Casablanca led to his being interviewed in Washington, DC, for a French-German-Polish-UK co-produced documentary on the émigré populations created by the Nazi Soviet invasions of Eastern Europe. Recently, he was appointed Chair of the Maine State Action Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Professor Palmer is the author of Love of Glory and the Common Good: The Political Thought of Thucydides; contributing author (on Plato’s Republic) and co-editor (with Thomas L. Pangle, University of Texas-Austin) of Political Philosophy and the Human Soul: Essays in Memory of Allan Bloom; and the author of Masters and Slaves: Revisioned Essays in Political Philosophy, a collection of his most important essays and reviews, including a novel interpretation of Machiavelli’s Prince, prepared especially for the volume. He is currently working on a monograph on Regime Change in Ancient Greece presented in Thucydides’ “War of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians”.
Michael Palmer | 581-1879 | firstname.lastname@example.org