Penn State Harrisburg

Steven A. Peterson, Ph.D.

· Director; Public Affairs
· Professor of Political Science and Public Policy; Public Affairs

Biography

Steven A. Peterson is director of the School of Public Affairs and 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 has authored or co-authored nearly 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.

Professional Affiliations

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

Research Interests

  • American Politics
  • American Political Institutions
  • Public Policy (Education and AIDS Policy)
  • Biology and Politics
  • Political Behavior
  • Judicial Process
  • State Politics

Courses Taught

  • American Politics
  • Public Policy and Policy Analysis
  • Politcal Behavior
  • State and Local Politics
  • Political Institutions

Publications and Research

  • Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson, "Evolution, Hierarchy and Democracy: Iraq and Afghanistan," Chorzowskie Studies in Politics (in press).
  • 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).
  • Alber Somit and Steven A. Peterson, "The Biopolitics of Evolutionary Theory and Biopolitics in the Future." Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit (eds.). The World of Biology and Politics: Organization and Research Areas. London: Emerald Publishing, 2013. 
  • 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.
  • Albert Somit and Steven A. Peterson, “The Biopolitics of Evolutionary Theory and Biopolitics in the Future.” 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.
  • 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, "Introduction." In Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit (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).