Dr. Terrence Peterson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. From 2015 to 2016 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He completed his PhD in History at the University of Wisconsin Madison (2015) with a dissertation which examined the French Army’s efforts to win Algerian ‘hearts and minds’ during Algeria’s war of independence from France from 1954-1962. He is currently writing a book exploring the intersections between the Cold War, decolonization, and the development of contemporary counterinsurgency doctrines during the same period. His research has been supported by the Council for European Studies, the American Historical Association, and the Fulbright Program.
Dr. Peterson’s teaching and research interests include contemporary Europe and North Africa, Islam and Muslims in Europe, French colonial and postcolonial history, as well as terrorism, counterterrorism, and counterinsurgency.