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Master of Arts in International Relations

Peter Nunez

Visiting Professor

Peter K. Nunez, J.D. began teaching in the Department of Political Science and International Relations in 1997. He previously taught intermittently as an adjunct at the USD School of Law. He spent most of his career as a lawyer for the federal government, beginning in 1970, as a law clerk for the Honorable Gordon Thompson, Jr., Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of California. He spent the next ten years as an assistant U.S. Attorney (1972-1982), then was appointed as the U.S. Attorney from 1982 through 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. From 1990 to 1993, he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement in Washington, D.C.


J.D. cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law (1970)
B.A., Duke University, Political Science (1964)

Teaching Interests

Nunez specializes in courses relating to law enforcement and criminal justice. His primary courses are Transnational Crime and Terrorism, and the Politics of Immigration Policy.