Professor Petersen currently teaches Communication of Race, Class and Gender, Rhetorical Criticism and Political Communication.
B.A., University of Minnesota-Morris
M.A., Colorado State University
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Scholarship and service:
Professor Petersen directed UST's Luann Dummer Center for Women for six years. She has taught short-term study abroad courses in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Hawai'i. Professor Petersen was the recipient of the Faculty Service Learning Award in 2010, the Sister Pat Kowalski Women’s Leadership Award in 2011, the Distinguished Educator Award in 2011, and the Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Award in 2011. Her research interests include political campaigns, gender and political communication, and the rhetoric of U.S. First Ladies.
Professor Petersen joined UST in 1990. She is advisor to Lamba Pi Eta, the communication honorary. During January Term, she co-teaches Hawai'i: Multi-Cultural Communication in Diverse Organizations.