Faculty & Staff

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Rita Peters, PhD

  • Senior Lecturer II in Political Science, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617.287.6922
  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall, 5th Floor, Room 72

Areas of Expertise

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in International Relations; Politics of Ethnic Identity and International Relations; The Soviet Union, Russia, and International Relations; and International Relations


PhD, Boston University

Additional Information

Fall 2015 Semester Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:15-1:50 p.m. and by appointment

Rita Peters is an associate of Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Peters's articles have appeared in various scholarly publications, notably the Journal of Baltic Studies and Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, and Perspective. The Encyclopedia Americana includes four of her articles: "Latvia," "Lithuania," "Nationalism" and "International Organization." A major study on "Baltic State Diplomacy and the League of Nations Minorities System" is a chapter in The Baltic in International Relations Between the Two World Wars. Peters's reviews of books on the Baltic states, Russia, and international relations appear regularly in Choice (Association of College and Research Libraries). A review-of-the-literature article on "Politics of Ethnic Identity in Europe" appeared in the October 2005 issue of Choice. Her most recent article, "Diaspora-Kinstate Phenomenon in Baltic-Russian Relations," appeared in Perspective in February 2010.

Peters has lectured at the School of Diplomacy in Tallinn, Estonia, and the University of Latvia, Riga. As an active participant in the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, she has regularly presented papers and organized panels for the Political Science Division of the organization's conferences. Peters serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltic American Society. For a decade, Peters has conducted fall seminars for the LETS/OLLI program of the McCormack Graduate School's Gerontology Institute.