Mark Peterson

About Mark Peterson

Dr. Peterson joined the faculty of the Department of Social Science in 1995. Prior to that appointment, he taught for two years as a Visiting Lecturer at West Virginia University, and as a Teaching Assistant at Indiana University. His primary interest is democratic governance and the relationship and influences between economic and governmental institutions.

Dr. Peterson was honored with the Robert K. Ratzlaff Outstanding Faculty Award by the Student Government Association from the student nominees of faculty that demonstrate excellence in instruction and service to students on campus in 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2009. 

Areas of Specialization

  • Political Economy
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Social Movements
  • Democratic Theory
  • American Politics
  • International Relations


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Indiana University, Indiana, U.S.A., 1994
  • M.A., Political Science, West Virginia University, West Virgina, U.S.A., 1982
  • B.A., English, Antioch College, Ohio, U.S.A., 1978

Courses Taught

  • POLS 101: U.S. Politics
  • POLS 270: Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS 516: Political Parties and Elections
  • POLS 517: Congress
  • POLS 554: Kansas Legislature Distant Internship Program
  • POLS 578: Democratic Theory and Public Opinion
  • POLS 616: Interest Groups and Social Movements’
  • POLS 630: International Political Economy
  • POLS 686: Senior Seminar in Political Science

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  • Faculty Advisor for the Green Gorillas
  • Faculty Advisor for the Campus Democrats

Publications and Presentations


  • “Antiwar Protest and Elections: Influence on Congressional Debate During the Vietnam War.”Published in the Proceeding of the Sixth International Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, 2000, Volume II, edited by Colin Barker and Mike Tyldesley.  ISBN: 1 899927 18 2
  • Book Reviews of Jihad vs. McWorld by Benjamin R. Barber and Generation X Goes To College by Peters Sacks.  Midwest Quarterly , Volume 40, Number 2, Winter 1999.
  • “Protest Politics, the Media, and Public and Elite Opinion During the Vietnam War.”  PoliticalCommunication, Volume 13, Number 3, July-September 1996: 364-366.
Mark Peterson
Dr. Mark Peterson
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Phone: (620) 235-4330

Office: 327 C Russ Hall

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