Matthew Peterson


Vice President of Education; Salvatori Research Fellow in the American Founding

Matthew J. Peterson is Vice President of Education at the Claremont Institute. In this role, he has three major directives. Dr. Peterson directs the organization’s expanding portfolio of educational programming, including Claremont’s annual Publius, Lincoln, John Marshall, and Speechwriters fellowships. He also heads up our initiative to create a new center designed to support and advance graduate level study in America. Third, he is working to increase Claremont’s voice in the national political conversation.

Dr. Peterson graduated from the Great Books Program at Thomas Aquinas College, and received his M.A. in politics and Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University. As a professor, he has taught courses on political philosophy, American government, rhetoric, and media at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, Loyola Marymount University, and Claremont McKenna College, among others.

From 2008-2011, Dr. Peterson assisted in the design, implementation and evaluation of U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History initiatives.  Dr. Peterson also has an extensive background in media and political research, including a three-year stint beginning in 2003 as a researcher for the Claremont Institute.

Dr. Peterson lives with his wife and four children in Pasadena, California.