Assistant Professor of Politics and Government
Expertise: American government and politics, public opinion and voting behavior, religion and politics
At North Park since: 2009
For Dr. Jon Peterson, the big questions that the study of politics and government raises have always compelled him. “Implicit in many political science studies are deep and significant normative questions,” he says. “How should societies allocate resources? How should they administer justice and show mercy?”
Dr. Peterson came to North Park because of the way it integrates the study of political science and faith, which he believes has much to say in response to those questions. “Political science needs an influx of students and scholars who know enough about religious faith to explore its significance in today’s political environment,” he says.
By researching and analyzing public opinion in American politics through the lens of religion, Dr. Peterson finds meaningful ways to connect his faith to the study of politics and government. “North Park’s distinctively Christian character provides an invaluable opportunity for us to engage in meaningful discussions about the role of faith in our disciplines,” he says.
Dr. Peterson finds that North Park offers the advantages of a small liberal arts university from “the middle of one of the world’s great cities.” Additionally, he says, “our multicultural commitment enriches the conversation by bringing together incredible students from every corner of the country and around the world.”
PhD, Political Science, University of Minnesota
MA, Political Science, University of Minnesota
BA, Political Science, Wheaton College