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Dr Niall Palmer

Dr Niall Palmer
Lecturer in American Politics

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I studied for my BA in Politics at Swansea University and graduated in 1984. I then undertook my PhD at Bristol University, where I researched the political nature and electoral impact of the New Hampshire presidential primary. I was employed for two years (1989-91) on a Teaching and Research Fellowship with Bristol University’s Politics department before joining the American Studies department of the West London Institute from 1991-99. From 1999 to 2006, I taught on the American Studies programme at Brunel University, after which I became a member of the Department of Politics and History, teaching United States government, politics and political history.


  • BA Swansea (1984)
  • PhD Bristol (1989)


I have had a range of administrative responsibilities, from admissions tutor to deputy ECs manager. I am currently the NSS coordinator and Student Experience Leader for Politics.

Newest selected publications

Palmer, N. (2020) 'The Historical Presidency : “No Man Is Big Enough”: President Harding's Defense of the Proto‐Modern Executive'. Presidential Studies Quarterly, in press (1). pp. 1 - 21. ISSN: 0360-4918 Open Access Link

Journal article

Palmer, NA. (2015) 'Blue Dawn? New Hampshire and the Limits of the New England Democratic Revival', in Hunter-Hecht, S. (ed.) Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter. Maryland, USA : Rowman and Littlefield. pp. 221 - 244. ISBN 10: 0739195247. ISBN 13: 978-0739195246. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Palmer, NA. (2014) 'Reevaluating the Presidency of Warren G Harding', in Cullinane, M. and Elliott, CF. (eds.) Perspectives on Presidential Leadership: An International View of the White House. New York and Abingdon : Routledge. pp. 91 - 112. ISBN 10: 0415857708. ISBN 13: 9780415857703.

Book chapter

Palmer, NA. (2014) 'More Than a Passive Interest'. Journal of American Studies, 48 (2). pp. 417 - 443. ISSN: 1469-5154 Open Access Link

Journal article

Palmer, NA. (2013) 'Calvin Coolidge: Conservative icon'. New York: Nova Science Publishers. ISSN 13: 9781628080353

More publications(10)