Cronyism and the American Founding

About Dr. Matthew J. Peterson:

Dr. Peterson works to increase the Claremont Institute’s voice in the national political conversation, directing Claremont’s educational programming, including the organization’s annual Fellowship programs. He also heads up the Institute’s initiative to create a new center designed to support and advance graduate level study in America.

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. He served as Assistant Director of the Center for Local Government at the Claremont Institute, where he researched tax policy and the structure of local government. He managed various projects in the areas of fiscal analysis, survey research, demographic analysis/geographic information systems, and regulatory analysis as Assistant to the Directors at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College. He also worked as a consultant in local politics for National Demographics Corporation and was co-owner of Visual Politics, conducting research and analysis of municipal politics for private clients.

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

Documents Discussed:

James Madison, Federalist No. 10
Abraham Lincoln, Fragments on Slavery (April 1, 1854)
Abraham Lincoln, Fragments on the Constitution and Union (January 1, 1861)