David Scott Palmer

David Scott Palmer

David Scott Palmer is Boston University's Founding Director of the Latin American Studies Program and Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Political Science. Before joining the Boston University faculty, he served as Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Associate Dean of Area Studies at the U.S. State Department Foreign Service Institute.

Over the years, he has traveled widely throughout Central America and Panama. His experience in the region includes public diplomacy lecture tours in each of the countries and assessments of their diplomatic services for the U.N. Development Program (UNDP). He has also taught seminars at the Latin American Social Science Faculty (FLACSO) of Costa Rica and served on the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Observer Mission at the Central American Presidents negotiations in San José (which produced the Arias Peace Plan, for which Costa Rican President Oscar Arias was awarded the Nobel Prize. In addition, he was invited to give presentations in Panama in preparation for the final definitive handover of the Canal, and made a recent passage through this early 20th century engineering marvel. Dr. Palmer is a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert and has led unforgettable journeys around Latin America.


We were blessed to have Scott for our study leader. His expertise was unmatched and it was fascinating listening to his first-hand experiences. What a wealth of knowledge!

Sue R., Legendary Peru

[Scott] was a fantastic companion with deep knowledge and understanding of Latin America (and I'm Brazilian), in general, and of the Peruvian History, Culture and People, in particular. His lectures were fascinating and, at the same time, pleasant. He was a wonderful companion and made the work of the tour leader and local leaders easier. This is our second tour with the Smithsonian, but we have traveled all around the world. He was one of the reasons we loved the tour. He was very accessible and answered all our questions not only during the lectures but during the whole trip.

Nely, P-C, Legendary Peru


Patagonian Explorer: Argentina and Chile by Land and Sea

18 days | Starting at: $7,569
Mar 18, 2016 - Apr 4, 2016
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Legendary Peru

11 days | Starting at: $4,749
Apr 18, 2016 - Apr 28, 2016
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