Ronald M. Peters, Jr.


Regent's Professor of Political Science

101 Monnet Hall

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., Indiana University, 1969
M.A., Indiana University, 1971
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1974

Teaching and Research Interests:  Political Theory and American Government

Professor Ron Peters joined the Department of Political Science in 1976. He was director of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma from 1979 to 2000. He was chair of the Department of Political Science from 1994 to 2002.

He is co-author, with Professor Cindy Simon Rosenthal, of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2010). His other publications include The Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, The American Speakership: The Office in Historical Perspective, and The Next Generation: Dialogues Between Leaders and Students. Editor and author of two chapters in The Speaker: Leadership in the U. S. House of Representatives and co-editor with Allen Hertzke of The Atomistic Congress. Publications have appeared in The Political Science Reviewer, The Encyclopedia of American Political Parties, Journal of Legislative Studies, and The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress. Current research interests are in the study of congressional leadership.

Professor Peters received a Regents' Teaching Award in 1994. He was named Outstanding Oklahoma Political Scientist for 1995.

Current Research:  Professor Peters's research interests are in the study of congressional leadership. His main focus has been on the speakership of the United States House of Representatives. He has also written on congressional committee leadership.He has recently written on the application of private and public sector management theories to legislative leadership. He is currently working on articles on congressional party organizations in the U.S. House and on the historical evolution of the speakership.