Senior Researcher
Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials

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John Palmer is a professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University. He works on questions arising in demography, law, and public policy related to human mobility and migration, social segregation, and disease ecology in the Sociodemography Research Group (DemoSoc) and the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration (GRITIM). He currently teaches Theories of International Mobility and the Incorporation of Immigrants, Techniques of Statistical Analysis I, and Crime Mapping and Spatial Analysis. He is also a founding member of Mosquito Alert and the Global Mosquito Alert initiative.

His training is in a combination of ecology (B.S., Cornell University, 1997), law (J.D., Cornell University, 2003), and demography (Ph.D., Princeton University, 2013). In addition to his research, he has managed refugee relief projects in Bosnia, Albania, and Kosovo, and he has worked as a protection officer for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Kosovo and Montenegro. He has also served as a law clerk to Judge Richard J. Cardamone, and as a mediator and a staff attorney supervisor for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Labor Market Laws and Intra-European Migration: The Role of the State in Shaping Destination Choices , John R.B. Palmer & Mariola Pytlikova, European Journal of Population, 31(2): 127-53 (2015) 

Primera cita de mosquito tigre, Aedes albopictus (Diptera, Culicidae), para Andalucía y primera corroboración de los datos de la aplicación Tigatrapp , Sarah Delacour-Estrella, Francisco Collantes, Ignacio Ruiz-Arrondo, Pedro María Alarcón-Elbal, Juan Antonio Delgado, Roger Eritja, Frederic Bartumeus, Aitana Oltra, John R.B. Palmer & Javier Lucientes, Anales de Biología, 36: 93-96 (2014) 

New Approaches to Human Mobility: Using Mobile Phones for Demographic Research , John R.B. Palmer, Thomas J. Espenshade, Frederic Bartumeus, Chang Y. Chung, Necati Ercan Ozgencil & Kathleen Li, Demography, 50(3): 1105-28 (2013) 

Educational Achievement Gaps Between Immigrant and Native Students in Two "New" Immigration Countries: Italy and Spain in Comparison , Davide Azzolini, Philipp Schnell & John R.B. Palmer, Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, 643(1): 46-77 (2012) 

The Second Circuit's "New Asylum Seekers": Responses to an Expanded Immigration Docket , John R.B. Palmer, Catholic University Law Review, 55: 965-97 (2006) 

The Nature and Causes of the Immigration Surge in the Federal Courts of Appeals , John R.B. Palmer, New York Law School Law Review, 51: 13-35 (2006) 

Exorbitant Jurisdiction , Kevin M. Clermont & John R.B. Palmer, Maine Law Review, 58: 474-505 (2006)

Why Are So Many People Challenging Board of Immigration Appeals Decisions in Federal Court: An Empirical Analysis of the Recent Surge in Petitions for Review , John R.B. Palmer, Stephen Yale-Loehr & Elizabeth Cronin, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 20: 1-100 (2005)

French Article 14 Jurisdiction, Viewed from the United States , Kevin M. Clermont & John R.B. Palmer, Mélanges en l'honneur de Xavier Blanc-Jouvan: De tous horizons (2005) 

Collateral Bar and Contempt: Challenging a Court Order After Disobeying It , John R.B. Palmer, Cornell Law Review, 88: 215-55 (2002)