Beverly Peters

Beverly Peters

Assistant Professor

Dr. Peters is a specialist in human security in Africa and has written extensively on economic development, democratization, and HIV/AIDS. She has more than twenty years experience teaching, conducting research, and managing projects in southern and West Africa. An expert on political and economic development in Zimbabwe, she has provided political analyses to the government of South Africa and the private sector, and is regularly featured in local and international media including the South African Broadcasting Corporation news, New York Times, Voice of America, and Radio France International.

Dr. Peters has developed proposals for and managed democratization and community development programs in South Africa, Darfur, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, among other countries.

A program evaluator, Dr. Peters is an expert in the use of qualitative methods for monitoring and evaluation, which she regularly teaches. She has taught in several School of Professional and Extended Studies Programs, including Measurement and Evaluation, Global Economics and Business, US Foreign Policy, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and International Environment and Development. She also teaches distance education courses in professional development, African governance, and international development. She was one of the winners of American University's 2013 Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award and 2013 Mobile Technology Award.

Dr. Peters holds an MA Public and International Affairs from California State University Sacramento and a PhD in Public and International Affair from the University of Pittsburgh. An organic gardener, she has taught at American University since 1999, and enjoys stargazing and watching Star Trek with her husband and two children.

She will teach SPEX 640: Evaluation: Qualitative Methods.

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