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Department of

Political Science and International Relations

Pete Peterson

Visting Professor

Pete's first career was with the U.S. Marines, which included serving with the 1st Marine Division in Desert Storm, and over a dozen years as an Intelligence Officer, including a tour in Strategic Warning at the Pentagon. After retiring and earning his PhD in 2001 he has turned to teaching, and has lectured with the Department since 2004. 


Pete has degrees in Political Science from Stanford (B.A.) and the University of Hawaii at Manoa (Ph.D.), Government (M.A.) from Georgetown, and Strategic Intelligence (M.S.S.I.) from the Defense Intelligence College. He holds an M.B.A. from National University, and received a Diploma with Distinction from the Naval War College's College of Continuing Education.   

Scholarly and Creative Work

While on active duty Pete authored an extensive study of Soviet General Staff Exercises for the Defense Intelligence Agency, and has published in the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, and the Marine Corps Gazette. He contributed a chapter on Democracy and Security in the Post-Cold War Era to a book on Asia-Pacific Security published in Australia. He was also the Government & Politics editor for WebGuide magazine. 

Teaching Interests

Pete's teaching and research interests are reflected in his courses, which include introductory ones in political science, American politics, international relations, and upper division courses in areas such as intelligence, international organizations, democracy and peace, genocide, and international relations in the 21st century.