Don Blackmer is a Professor of Political Science Emeritus. Professor Blackmer's interests lie in comparative politics with a focus on Russia and the former Soviet Union, and on Communist and other left-wing parties in Western Europe. He is currently working on Soviet domestic politics and has previously studied the national and international strategies of the Italian Communist Party. With Max F. Millikan, he edited and contributed to The Emerging Nations: Their Growth and United States Policy. Professor Blackmer served as Department Head for a number of years and has held other administrative posts at MIT including Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science; Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society; and Assistant Director of the Center for International Studies. He has been Chairman of the Council for European Studies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Communism in Italy and France. With Sidney Tarrow. Princeton University Press. 1976.
The International Role of the Communist Parties of Italy and France. With Annie Kriegel. Center for International Affairs, Harvard. 1975.
Unity in Diversity: Italian Communism and the Communist World. MIT Press. 1968.