Dr. Ransford W. Palmer

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Dr. Ransford W. Palmer is Graduate Professor of Economics and a former chair of the Department of Economics at Howard University. He has also served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Director of the university's Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center. Dr. Palmer received his BS and MA degrees from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Dr. Palmer has published several books and journal articles on Caribbean economic development and migration issues. His books include: The Caribbean Economy in the Age of Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), U.S.-Caribbean Relations: Their Impact on Peoples and Culture (Praeger Publishers, 1998), Pilgrims from the Sun: West Indian Migration to America (Twayne Publishers, 1995), and In Search of a Better Life: Perspectives on Migration from the Caribbean (Praeger Publishers, 1990). He teaches graduate courses in development economics and fiscal policy as well as an introductory undergraduate course.

Dr. Palmer has lectured throughout the Caribbean on several tours for the United States Department of State and has made numerous professional presentations at international conferences. Early in his career, he spent a year at the United States Department of Commerce as a Brookings Institution economic policy fellow studying subsidies to the United States Merchant Marine. He has appeared on American television programs, CNN, CNBC, BET, WHUT, as well as on National Public Radio. Dr. Palmer is a former president of the Caribbean Studies Association and is currently president of The Global Awareness Society International, a multidisciplinary organization of academics and other professionals from around the world.


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