Dr. Scott W. Palmer


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Palmer Dr. Scott W. Palmer (Ph.D., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1997) is a specialist in Russian history and the history of technology. He is author of Dictatorship of the Air: Aviation Culture and the Fate of Modern Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2006) as well as numerous scholarly articles and essays. His current project, From the Icon to the iMac: A History of Russia, Technology and Culture examines the foreign origins and domestic transformation of major technological systems from the founding of the Kievan State through the opening decades of the twenty-first century. 

In addition to the department's two-semester Russian history sequence covering the Imperial and Soviet eras, Prof. Palmer regularly teaches “US Military History” (HIST 304); “History of Flight Culture” (HIST 311); “Technology, Culture & Society” (HIST 312); and offerings in modern European history. He has recently debuted new classes on “The Culture and Civilization of Stalinism” and “The Great War, 1914-1918” (HIST 380).