Dr. Peterson is a professor in Economics at California State University, Stanislaus. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in August 1996. Her dissertation is entitled "Neighborhood Quality and Children's Propensity to Succeed."
As an undergraduate she attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she graduated Cum Laude in 1982, with distinction in Economics. She has been a research assistant in the Financial Structure Section of the Federal Reserve Board and the Institute for Research on Poverty. The honors she has received include the M. Jarvin Emerson Award in June 1996 and a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Fellowship, from 1989-1990. Her research includes work on neighborhood quality and children's success, and on policy-related determinants of teen non-marital childbearing.
Courses she teaches include: Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2500), Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2510), Economic History of the United States (ECON 3100), Public Finance ( PADM 5006) and State Local Public Finance (PADM 5007).