Russell Peterson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Russell Peterson earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, having returned to school after a career in graphics and a brief and unprofitable foray into stand-up comedy. He adapted his dissertation into the book, Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy Into a Joke, published by Rutgers University Press (2008). Upon completing his doctorate, he taught Understanding American Cultures for several semesters as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He also developed the American Political Humor course which he continues to teach as a Guided Independent Study (GIS) course.

Research Interests: 
  • American politics
  • Political humor
Russell Peterson, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Contact Information

701 Jefferson Building (JB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States