Roger Petersen

ROGER PETERSEN is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science. Professor Petersen studies comparative politics with a special focus on conflict and violence. He has written three books: Western Intervention in the Balkans: The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, 2011), Resistance and Rebellion: Lessons from Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and Understanding Ethnic Violence: Fear, Hatred, Resentment in Twentieth Century Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2002). He also has an interest in comparative methods and has co-edited, with John Bowen, Critical Comparisons in Politics and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 1999). He is currently researching the Iraq war and post-war reconstruction. 

Courses

  • 17.506 Ethnic Politics II
  • 17.582 Civil War
  • 17.584 Civil-Military Relations
  • 17.478 Great Power Military Intervention
  • 17.581 Riots, Rebellions, Revolutions
  • 17.S950 Social Science and the Iraq War (syllabus)

Selected Publications

  • Western Intervention in the Balkans: The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, 2011).

-- Winner of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies
-- Winner of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Marshall Shulman Book Prize for outstanding monograph dealing with the international relations,  foreign   policy, or foreign-policy decision-making of any of the states of the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe
-- Winner of the International Studies Association ENMISA (Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association) Distinguished Book Award

  • “Varieties of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Iraq, 2003-2009,” (with Jon Lindsay) case study prepared for the Naval War College Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups
  • "Revenge or Reconciliation: Theory and Method of Emotions in the Context of Colombia's Peace Process," (with Sarah Zukerman) in Law in Peace Negotiations, Morten Bergsmo and Pablo Kalmonowitz eds. (Torkel Opsahl: 2010).
  • "Anger, Violence, and Political Science," (with Sarah Zukerman) in A Handbook of Anger: Constituent and Concomitant Biological, Psychological, and Social Processes, M. Potegal, G. Stemmler, & C. Spielberger, eds. (Springer, Summer 2009).
  • "Resentment, Fear, and the Structure of the Military in Multiethnic States," (with Paul Staniland) in Intra-State Conflict, Governments and Security: Dilemma of Deterrence and Assurance, Steve Saideman and Marie-Joëlle Zahar eds. (Routledge: 2008).