Steven A. Peterson, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Politics and Public Affairs, School of Public Affairs

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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)
Political Behavior
American Political Institutions