Section: Staff Profiles
11-1pm Wednesdays (Please note: I am currently on research leave but continue to hold weekly office hours. I may be slow to respond to queries by email).
John Peterson joined Politics/IR in 2005. He previously held posts teaching international, European and American politics at the Universities of Glasgow, York, Essex, Oxford, and the University of California (Santa Barbara). He has also held visiting posts at the Universities of Vienna, California (Berkeley), Sciences Po Paris, University College Dublin, the Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels), and the College of Europe (Bruges). He was Head of Politics/IR from 2007-10.
John was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkley and the Social Science Research Centure (WZB) in Berlin during 2010-11. You can read John’s reflections on his time at Cal on our Blog.
John teaches on politics, international relations, and ideology to 1st year students on 'Introduction to Politics and International Relations'. He has also recently lectured on our taught postgrad course 'Institutions and Policies of the European Union' and offered a new honours course in US Foreign Policy during spring semester 2012.
John is presently conducting research on US-European relations, the EU and multilateralism, and EU trade policy. He began work in 2012 on TRANSWORLD, an EU-funded programme of research on transatlantic relations. Click here to see a 'Research in a Nutshell' 1 minute video. He recently led (with Hussein Kassim as Principal Investigator) an international research team on an ESRC- and EU-funded project on the European Commission. ‘The Commission of the 21st Century’ project spawned the largest-ever independent attitudinal survey of European Commission officials. He was also Director of Research for MERCURY, a 3-year EU-funded project designed to examine critically the European Union's contribution to multilateralism. More information about MERCURY can be found here.
John has membership in the following Politics Research Groups: International Relations; European Integration; Public Policy.
John has two books currently in press, both out in early 2013:
His recent books include The European Union: How Does it Work? (co-edited with Elizabeth Bomberg and Richard Corbett, 3rd edition, 2012); and The Institutions of the European Union (co-edited with Michael Shackleton, 3rd edition, 2012), both with Oxford University Press.
His next books will be: Parochial Global Europe: the Politics of EU Trade Policy (co-authored with Alasdair Young), 2013, Oxford University Press and Europe and America: Partners and Rivals in International Relations, 2013, Rowman and Littlefield.
Other recent works include The European Union and the New Trade Politics (co-edited with Alasdair Young, Routledge, 2007) and Security Strategy and Transatlantic Relations (co-edited with Roland Dannreuther, Routledge, 2006). John's past works include Europe, America, Bush (co-edited with Mark A. Pollack) Routledge, 2003 and Decision-Making in the European Union (co-authored with Elizabeth Bomberg), Palgrave 1999.
John’s inaugural lecture, entitled ‘US Democrats – the True Europeans? Public Opinion and Foreign Policy’, is available both as an audio/visual Podcast and as a 2008 Mitchell Working Paper published by the Europa Institute. His October 2009 Transatlantic Seminar – 'Obama and Multilateralism: Hell No More?' – is available as an audio/visual Podcast, as is the annual Mitchell lecture from February 2011 that John delivered on: 'The European Commission: World's Most Modern Administration or Stuck in the Past'?
Links to Publications
John is co-editor (with Helen Wallace) of the ‘New European Union’ series for Oxford University Press. To read John’s MERCURY E-paper (co-authored with Caroline Bouchard) on ‘Conceptualising Multilateralism’, click here.
I welcome queries about supervision of theses on EU politics and policy-making (particularly external policy), US-European relations, and US foreign policy. I'm currently supervising 6 PhD students who are funded through the EU Marie Curie International Training network EXACT (http://www.exact.uni-koeln.de/169.html), which focuses on EU external action. I have a long track record (longer than I'd like to admit!) of supervising PhD students to successful completion. I am presently on sabbatical/research leave until April 2013, so may be somewhat slow to respond to queries - but will do my best.
If you are interested in being supervised by John Peterson, please see the links below for more information:
This page was published on 16 April 2013