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Teaching Assistant

Brenton Peterson

Brenton Peterson is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia, where he holds an M.A. in Foreign Affairs.  His M.A. thesis studied the effect of education on political participation in sub-Saharan Africa.  At the University of Virginia, he is a graduate fellow in the university-wide Quantitative Collaborative and has been a teaching assistant for courses on European politics, the politics of under-developed areas and international political economy.  Prior to graduate school, he worked in Mombasa, Kenya for a non-governmental organization, where he helped perform village focus groups and household surveys as part of an assessment of their rural development programs.  His research interests include the political causes and consequences of international economic flows (especially foreign aid, investment and migration) and African politics.  His dissertation project investigates why African politics are so often organized around ethnicity and ethnic divisions.