Christian PetersonAdjunct Professor of History, Level III

Phone: (231) 591-3689
Email: [email protected]
Office: ASC 1007


Ph.D., History, Ohio University
M.A., History, Utah State University
B.A., History, Yale University

Classes Taught

  • U.S. Foreign Policy, 1900–present
  • U.S. History, 1877 to the present
  • U.S. History to 1877
  • American Military History
  • American Colonial History
  • East Asian History, 1850–present
  • East Asian History, 1850–present (Honors Section)
  • Michigan History (Online and Classroom)
  • The Craft of History (Historical Methods)
  • The Vietnam War(s)
  • U.S. History, 1945–present (Classroom and Online)
  • U.S. History, 1900–1945 (Online)
  • History of the Renaissance and Reformation
  • Western Civilization to 1500
  • Western Civilization since 1500
  • World Civilizations to 1400 (Online)
  • World Civilizations since 1400 (Online and Classroom)


Most Recent Conference Papers

"Seeing the Value of the Helsinki Accords: Human Rights, Peace, and Transnational Debates about Détente, 1981–1988." Helsinki 40 Years After: International Reordering and Societal Change, 1975–1990, International Conference, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (SPC)/Research Programme "Sociétés plurielles," Paris, December 10–12, 2015.

"Calibrated Confrontation: The Successes and Failures of the Carter Administration’s Efforts to Promote Human Rights in the Soviet Union." SHAFR (Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations) Conference, June 2014.

Refereed Publications (Books and Articles)

"The Carter Administration and the Promotion of Human Rights in the Soviet Union, 1977-1981," Diplomatic History, 38 (June 2014), 628–656.
     * Nominated for the Bernath Prize (Best Article by Young Scholar in the Field of U.S. Foreign Policy)

"'Confronting' Moscow: The Reagan Administration, Human Rights, and the Final Act,"
The Historian, 74 (Spring 2012), 57–86.

Globalizing Human Rights: Private Citizens, the Soviet Union, and the West. Routledge Studies on History and Globalization (August 2011).

Ronald Reagan and Antinuclear Movements in the United States and Western Europe, 1981–1987. Edwin Mellen Press Studies in World Peace (September 2003).

Non-Refereed Publications (Articles)

Book Review of Frank Ninkovich,The Global Republic: America’s Inadvertent Rise to Power, in The Historian (2014).

"How Can We Make This World a Better Place?: The Problems of Human Rights Promotion and Refugees," History: Reviews of New Books, vol. 43, no. 1 (2015), 9–14.

Awards and Achievements

Gerald Ford Presidential Library Research Travel Grant for 2015 (The Ford Administration and the Baltic Republics)

Grants for research at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (2011 and 2014), Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Collection (2013 and 2014), Hoover Institution (2014), Swarthmore College Peace Collection (2015) and the University of Miami Special Collections (2015) through Ferris State University.

Baker Dissertation Peace Fellowship (2007–2008 Academic Year at Ohio University)

Ohio University Contemporary History Institute Research Grants (2006–2008 Academic Years)

Contemporary History Institute Research Assistantship Fellowship, directed by Dr. Steven Miner (2005–2006 Academic Year)

Contemporary History Institute grant for language training in Russian at Middlebury College (Summer 2005)

Contemporary History Institute Doctoral Fellowship (Winter and Spring Quarters 2004, 2006–2007 Academic Year)

Utah State University grant for thesis research and graduate student conferences

George Ellsworth Editorial Fellowship, Utah State University (1999–2001)