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Jordan Carr Peterson

Assistant Professor

School of Public and International Affairs

Caldwell Hall 211A


Jordan Carr Peterson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University. Broadly speaking, his research examines political and legal institutions, regulation as a component of the policy process, and intergovernmental relations, as well as how institutional design affects the formulation and implementation of public policy. Likewise, his work considers how party and ideology explain ostensibly administrative decision-making in legal, political, and electoral institutions, and studies the impact of economic representation in courts and adjudicatory bureaucratic institutions on the development of regulatory policy.

His research has been or is slated to be published in peer-reviewed journals and law reviews such as the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Law & Courts, Legislative Studies Quarterly, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Law & Policy, the Journal of Historical Political Economy, Politics & Gender, the Missouri Law Review, and the University of Hawai‘i Law Review. His CV can be accessed via this link.


Teaching and Research Interests

American political and legal institutions; regulation and adjudication; representation.


“The Personal Finances of United States Supreme Court Justices and Decision-Making in Economic Litigation” (with Thora Giallouri and Elli Menounou), Journal of Legal Studies, forthcoming.

“Mobilization and Counter-Mobilization: The Effect of Candidate Visits on Campaign Donations in the 2016 Presidential Election” (with Boris Heersink and Brenton Peterson), Journal of Politics, forthcoming.

“The Walking Dead: How the Criminal Regulation of Sodomy Survived Lawrence v. Texas,” Missouri Law Review, forthcoming.

“The Private Interests of Public Officials: Financial Regulation in the U.S. Congress” (with Christian R. Grose), Legislative Studies Quarterly 46(1): 49-84, 2021.

“No Vacancy or Open for Business? Making Accommodations for Digital-Platform Short-Term Rentals in Major American Municipalities” (with Braedon Sims),University of Hawai’i Law Review 43(1): 123-165, 2021.

“Economic Frames Cause Elected Officials to Liberalize Their Racial Attitudes” (with Christian R. Grose), Political Research Quarterly 73(3): 511-525, 2020.

“The Mask of Neutrality: Judicial Partisan Calculation and Legislative Redistricting,” Law & Policy 41(3): 336-359, 2019.

“Packing the Courts: Ideological Proximity and Expansions to the Federal Judiciary from 1937 to 2012” (with Elli Menounou, Adam Feldman, and Thora Giallouri), Journal of Law and Courts 7(1): 81-106, 2019.

“Their Boot in Our Face No Longer? Administrative Sectionalism and Resistance to Federal Authority in the U.S. South” (with Nicholas G. Napolio), State Politics & Policy Quarterly 19(1): 101-122, 2019.

“All Their Eggs in One Basket? Ideological Congruence in Congress and the Bicameral Origins of Concentrated Delegation to the Bureaucracy,” Laws, 7, 19, 2018.

“Letting Down the Ladder or Shutting the Door: Female Prime Ministers, Party Leaders, and Cabinet Members” (with Diana Z. O’Brien, Matthew Mendez, and Jihyun Shin), Politics & Gender 11(4): 689-717, 2015.


Ph.D. Political Science University of Southern California 2018

J.D. Law University of Florida 2012

B.A. German Literature University of Southern California 2008