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.
From 2018-2021 he served as the Vice President of Education at the Claremont Institute, directing all fellowship programs, and founded The American Mind.
He is currently Co-Founder and General Partner at New Founding, a venture firm dedicated to creating a commercial and cultural union that connects, curates, and advocates for the American people. He has also launched the American Firebrand Super PAC.
Dr. Peterson lives with his wife and four children in Dallas, Texas.
Follow him on Twitter @docmjp.