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Ohio Newspaper Features Prof. Clarissa Peterson

February 15, 2008

Clarissa Peterson.jpgFebruary 15, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Clarissa L. Peterson, associate professor of political science at DePauw, "has served in numerous capacities at the university, as she has been active in the University's goal of creating a diverse University," notes today's Herald-Star of Steubenville, Ohio. The newspaper is providing profiles of influential African-Americans during February, Black History Month. Dr. Peterson is featured in today's edition.

The professor, who is also associate faculty development coordinator for quantitative reasoning, "has helped to successfully recruit many other faculty members of color," notes the Herald-Star. "Peterson was the first African-American professor to be hired in the political science department at DePauw University and the first African-American to receive tenure in this department. She served as the interim director of the black studies program and will continue to break new ground when she becomes the first African-American to be named as the chair of the political science department at DePauw in the fall -- only the fourth African-American to chair a department in the history of the University."

The text adds, "Peterson's research focus is on black political attitudes. Her most recent contributions include Ideology and Issue Formation and Political Orientations and African-Americans. She is working on an article on abortion attitudes, as well as one on black attitudes toward presidential hopeful Barack Obama."

Read the item in its entirety at the newspaper's Web site.

Source: Steubenville (Oh.) Herald-Star

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