Peter Thompson, Ph.D.
Department of International Security Studies
• Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
• M.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
• B.A., Governmnet, University of Texas, Austin
• Globalization and Security
• International Political Economy
• China, North Korea
• Armed Groups
Peter Thompson came to the College of International Security Affairs in 2009 from Michigan State University, where he taught numerous international relations courses, as well as American public affairs. Prior to MSU, he served as a Faculty Fellow at UCLA and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University, teaching a variety of courses, including International Security, Foreign Policy Decision Making and Tools of Statecraft, International Relations Theory, Globalization and Security, International Political Economy, Atlantic Area in World Politics: U.S. and Europe, World Order, Introduction to World Politics, and Great Powers in the Middle East. His current teaching duties include Origins of Conflict and War, Armed Groups and Irregular Warfare, Strategic Thought, and Geostrategy.
Thompson’s research interests include the political economy of international security, foreign direct investment’s effects on armed conflict, globalization and security, great power engagement, the rise of China, North Korea, and armed groups. He has published articles in Security Studies and the Annual Review of Political Science, as well as several social science reference articles on international relations and American foreign policy.