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Petersen Bio

Karen Petersen is Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Vanderbilt University in 2004. Her publications include journal articles on the causes of interstate conflict, terrorism, the federal courts and FISA, and pedagogical issues related to online learning along with a co-authored book, Prospects for Political Stability in a Democratic Iraq, with Stephen Saunders. She is serving currently as co-PI on a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Catalyst grant to improve the recruitment and retention of women faculty in STEM disciplines at MTSU. A member of the Honors faculty, Dr. Petersen teaches in the International Relations program and co-leads an annual study abroad trip to Israel.  Dr. Petersen is an Affiliated Professor of the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel, as well.

Dr. Petersen serves with her spouse as a team leader for the 2nd and 3rd grade Children’s Ministry program at World Outreach Church and serves on the Ropes Team as a leader of Initiative Games at the annual summer camp. She speaks to community organizations about issues related to faith in the workplace and guest lectures at local schools and organizations on politics and international relations. (8 March 2016)

View Petersen's C.V. in pdf format HERE.

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