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Donald L.M. Blackmer

Professor of Political Science, emeritus

Professor of Political Science, emeritus

Donald L.M. Blackmer
Professor of Political Science, emeritus

Donald Blackmer served as executive assistant to the director and assistant director of MIT's Center for International Studies, which was created in 1951 to aid the United States in its Cold War battle against the Soviet Union. He later chronicled the center's creation and early years in a fascinating book, The MIT Center for International Studies: The Founding Years 1951 to 1969. He is a professor emeritus of political science at MIT, where he also served as head of the political science department, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science, and director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. Outside of MIT, he served as chairman of the Council for European Studies and is a member on the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Origins and creation of the Center for International Studies.
  • Time as director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society.
  • Intelligence work in Europe and Russia during the Cold War.
  • PhD dissertation on Italian communism.
  • Discussion on his published works about Italian and French communism.

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