Bill E. Peterson

Professor of Psychology and Associate Provost

Bill Peterson

Contact & Office Hours

College Hall 206



Ph.D., M.A., University of Michigan

B.A., University of California, Berkeley


Bill Peterson is currently serving as associate provost. When he returns to the faculty, he plans to teach courses in adult development, Asian American identity, and personality psychology. He has a program of research revolving around the construct of “generativity”—the desire at mid-life to contribute something of worth to society. He also has an interest in studying authoritarian ideologies and how they manifest in everyday life outside of the arena of politics. In general, his research incorporates a personological perspective, or a focus on the whole person. Peterson enjoys reading and likes maps, paintings, movies and comic books, especially if they are old.