Brandon Palmer

Brandon Palmer (added 9/20/19) MCD 760

Brandon Palmer

Professor/Coordinator SC History Day

Phone: 843-349-2472 Email: Office Hours:



Brandon Palmer is a Professor in the History Department and has been teaching courses on Asian and world history since 2007. 

Dr. Palmer has been an active in research and publication. His publications include two books, Fighting for the Enemy: Koreans in Japan's War, 1937-1945 (2013) and Nihon no Ch?sen t?chi wo kensh? suru, 1919-1945 [Japan's colonial rule in Korea, 1919-1945](2013). His research on Japan led to his being awarded the Japan Study Encouragement Award in July 2014. He is currently working on a biography that addresses modernization and gender in rural Korea in the 1970s and 1980s and an article on the Dokdo Isles in Korean national culture.

Dr. Palmer has been active in leading groups to South Korea. In 2011 he led a group of five Coastal students to Korea for three weeks and in 2012 led a group of eight professors from various American universities to Korea for three weeks.


Doctorate at the University of Hawaii

Masters and Bachelors from Brigham Young University


Fighting for the Enemy: Japan’s Mobilization of Koreans for War, 1937-1945. Seattle:

University of Washington, 2013.

Translated into Japanese as Nihon tochika Ch?sen no senji d?in, 1937-1945. Trans. by K? Shioya. Tokyo: Soshisha, 2014. 363 pgs.

George Akita and Brandon Palmer. Nihon no Ch?sen t?chi wo kensh? suru, 1919-1945 (Japan in

Korea: Japan’s colonial policy, 1910-1945). Tokyo: Soshisha, 2013.

Translated and expanded as The Japanese Colonial Legacy in Korea, 1910-1945: A New Perspective. Portland, ME: MerwinAsia, 2015.

Teaching Areas

Modern Korea, Modern Japan, and Military History

Research Areas

Korea during World War II, Koreans in America, and The Korean-American security alliance