Spike Peterson received a BS with Honors from the University of Illinois (Urbana 1970, Psychology/Philosophy), a MA from the same University (1975 Anthropology/African Studies), and a PhD from American University (Washington, DC 1988 International Relations). She joined the faculty of the University of Arizona in 1990 where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Political Science, with courtesy appointments in Women\'s Studies, Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, and International Studies.
Spike Peterson edited and contributed to \"Gendered States: Feminist (Re)Visions of International Relations Theory\" (1992) and co-authored (with Anne Sisson Runyan) \"Global Gender Issues,\" (1993, 1999), which was one of the first and still most widely used texts on gender and world politics. Her most recent book, \"A Critical Rewriting of Global Political Economy: Reproductive, Productive and Virtual Economies\" (2003), introduces an alternative analytics for examining intersections of ethnicity/race, class, gender and national hierarchies in the context of today's globalizing--and polarizing--dynamics. She has published more than fifty journal articles, reviews and book chapters on the topics of feminist international relations theory, global political economy, nationalism, democratization, heterosexism, human rights, and critical postmodernist and feminist theory.
Peterson was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant in 1995, a Fulbright Scholarship for research in the Czech Republic (declined) in 1997, and has held Visiting Research Scholar Fellowships at Australian National University (1995), University of Bristol (1998) and University of Gè teborg (2000). She has guest lectured at numerous universities in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe, been an invited speaker at international conferences in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and is listed in \"Who's Who in the World\" and \"Who's Who in America.\"
Peterson was among the founders and twice the program chair of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association, and has served as an Advisory Board Member for the Society for Women in International Political Economy and Editorial Board Member of the International Political Economy Yearbook. She currently serves as an Academic Associate of the Atlantic Council of the United States and on the editorial boards of International Feminist Journal of Politics; Globalizations; Journal of Women, Politics and Policy; New Political Science; Westview's Dilemmas in World Politics Series; and Routledge Review of International Political Economy Series. In 2000-2001 she received the national Mentor Award of the Society for Women in International Political Economy, as well as the Provost's General Education Teaching Award at the University of Arizona.
You have touched and inspired so many lives through your life travels, teaching, scholarship, friendships and partying!!!
Your family and friends take great pride in recognizing you and your work by placing a tile in your name in the Women's Plaza of Honor at the University of Arizona.
As you know, this plaza is intended to recognize women who have made outstanding contributions not only to the University of Arizona, but also to the greater community. You are certainly among them!
Happy 60th Bright Star!!
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