People at the Center

The Palm Center brings together scholars and other professionals to meet the demands of a research institute dedicated to addressing controversial issues of the day. From our founding in 1999 through 2012, the Palm Center was focused almost exclusively on "don't ask, don't tell," and we commissioned several dozen research studies that asked whether allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would undermine military readiness. In 2013, Palm launched a multi-year research project, the Transgender Military Service Initiative, that will commission new research on gender identity and the armed forces.