Penn State Harrisburg, in coordination with local and regional agencies, will conduct an emergency preparedness exercise in its library, on Friday, September 30 starting at 9:00 a.m. The library will be closed to the public between 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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Penn State Harrisburg

Steven A. Peterson, Ph.D.

· Professor of Politics and Public Affairs; Public Affairs
· Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
· Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Science in Public Policy
· Program Coordinator, Master of Health Administration
· Program Coordinator, Master of Public Administration
· Program Coordinator, Certificate Program in Long Term Care

Biography

Steven A. Peterson is a Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. His areas of research interest include: American politics, public opinion and voting behavior, biology and politics, and public policy (AIDS policy and education policy). He also serves as program coordinator for the Health Policy and Administration

He has authored or co-authored over twenty books, among which are Darwinism, Dominance, and Democracy; The Failure of Democratic Nation Building: Ideology Meets Evolution, Political Behavior: Patterns in Everyday Life; The World of the Policy Analyst; Human Nature and Public Policy, and over 100 publications, in a wide variety of journals and books. He has served as president of the New York State Political Science Association and the Northeastern Political Science Association. He has served as president of the Council in the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences (APLS) and as vice president and secretary of Research Committee # 12 (Biology and Politics) of the International Political Science Association. He has served on the Council of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association and is now a member of the Northeastern Political Science Association Council.

Professional Affiliations

  • International Political Science Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Southern Political Science Association
  • Northeastern Political Science Association
  • Association for Politics and the Life Sciences
  • Others

Research Interests

  • Public Policy (AIDS policy and education policy)
  • Biopolitics
  • Political Behavior
  • American Political Institutions

Courses Taught

  • American Politics
  • Public Policy 
  • Political Behavior
  • Judicial Process
  • State and Local Politics
  • American Political Institutions

Publications and Research

  • Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson, "Evolution, Hierarchy and Democracy: Iraq and Afghanistan," Chorzowskie Studies in Politics (2015).
  • Steven A. Peterson, "Evolutionary Theory and Public Policy." Melvin Dubnick and Domomic Bearfield (eds.), Encycolpedia of Public Administration and Policy (New York: Taylor & Francis, 3rd edition, in press).
  • Steven A. Peterson, "Values in Policy Analysis. " Melvin Dubnick and Domomic Bearfield (eds.), Encycolpedia of Public Administration and Policy (New York: Taylor & Francis, 3rd edition, in press). 
  • Steven A. Peterson, "Public Policy. " In Melvin Dubnick and Domonic Bearfield (eds.), Encycolpedia of Public Administration and Policy (New York: Taylor & Francis, 3rd edition, in press).
  • Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit (eds.), The Handbook of Biology and Politics. Cheltenham, UK: Elgar (under contract)
  • Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit (eds.). The World of Biology and Politics: Organization and Research Areas. London: Emerald Publishing, 2013.
  • Steven A. Peterson, “Toward an Evolutionary Synthesis of Individualist and Communist Anarchism: The Evolutionary Bases of Cooperation.” Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit (eds.). The World of Biology and Politics: Organization and Research Areas. London: Emerald Publishing, 2013.
  • Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson, "International Political Science Association's Research Committee #12." Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit (eds.). The World of Biology and Politics: Organization and Research Areas. London: Emerald Publishing, 2013.
  • Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson (eds.), Biopolicy: The Life Sciences and Public Policy. London: Emerald Publishing, 2012.
  • Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson (eds.), Biology and Politics: The Cutting Edge (London: Emerald Publishing, 2011).
  • Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson, “Biology and Politics.” In Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, and Leonardo Morlino (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Political Science (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2011).
  • Steven A. Peterson, “A Founder’s Reflections,” Politics and the Life Sciences, 30 (2011), 91-94.
  • Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson, Democratic Nation-Building: Ideology versus Human Nature. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010, paperback edition with new epilogue.
  • Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson, “Biology and Political Science.” In George T. Kurian (ed.), Encyclopedia of Political Science (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2010).