John L. Palmer
University Professor and Dean-Emeritus
Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1971
Public policy, public management, public finance, U.S. and comparative social policy, Medicare and Social Security
PPA 730 The Federal Budget and Social Security and Health Care Reform
PPA 730 Social Policy in a Comparative Context
John L. Palmer currently
holds the position of University Professor at Syracuse University and of
Birkhead-Burkhead Professor of Teaching Excellence within its Maxwell School of
Citizenship and Public Affairs. From
1988-2003 he was Dean, and Professor of Economics and Public Administration, of
the Maxwell School and responsible for academic and administrative leadership
of Syracuse University's six social
science disciplinary departments, undergraduate and graduate programs in public
and international affairs, and numerous interdisciplinary research centers and
institutes. He also served two
presidentially-appointed terms from 2000-2008 as a public trustee for the
Medicare and Social Security programs.
Dr. Palmer received a B.A.
in mathematics from Williams College in 1965, followed by a Ph.D. and temporary
faculty appointment in economics at Stanford University. In the early 1970’s he moved to Washington,
D.C. to assume the position of Senior Economist in the Department of Health,
Education and Welfare. Between then and
becoming Maxwell School dean he was the Director of HEW’s Office of Income
Security Policy, a Senior Fellow of The Brookings Institution, Assistant Secretary
for Planning and Evaluation of the Department of Health and Human Services, and
a Senior Fellow of The Urban Institute.
He also taught at Harvard University as an adjunct member of the faculty
of the Kennedy School while at The Urban Institute.
Throughout his career Dr.
Palmer has written extensively and engaged in a variety of other professional
activities. His publications include 13 books
and dozens of professional and popular articles on a wide range of topics
related to economic, budgetary and social policy concerns. He has provided expert testimony to Congress
on many occasions and been a consultant to numerous government agencies,
private foundations, and universities.
He has served as an officer of several national professional
associations and as a member of the Visiting Committee of The Brookings
Institution and of various committees of the National Academy of Science’s
(NAS) National Research Council. He is a
fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and past
president of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He recently co-chaired a joint NAS/NAPA committee
whose two-year study report, Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future, was
published by The National Academies Press, and served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Health
Foundation. Current professional activities include serving
on the Council of Academic Advisors of
the American Enterprise Institute, the Advisory Board of the Robertson
Foundation for Government, the Advisory Council of Emeriti Retirement Health
Solutions, the Board of Trustees of the Central and Western New York State
chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and as chair of the Research Advisory Board
of the Committee for Economic Development (CED).