Bill E. Peterson

Professor of Psychology and Associate Provost

Contact & Office Hours

College Hall 206



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

B.A., University of California, Berkeley


In addition to teaching research methods, Bill Peterson offers courses in adult development and personality psychology. He teaches a course in Asian American Psychology and a seminar on identity formation from a psychological and literary perspective.

Peterson 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 direct the developmental goals of young adults. 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. If you are interested in working on research with Peterson, take a course with him and talk with him after class or during office hours.