Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Peterson came to University of South Alabama after graduating from Oregon State University’s School of Public Policy. She began her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy, after completing a Master of Public Administration at Auburn University Montgomery. Before graduate school, she worked in operations and risk management for Planned Parenthood of Alabama. Dr. Peterson holds a B.A. in Sociology and English from Auburn University Montgomery.

She lives in Mobile, Alabama with her spouse, two children, cats, and dogs.

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Dr. Holly L. Peterson

Assistant Professor

University of South Alabama



Policy Process Theory

2014 - 2019

Oregon State University

Ph.D. Public Policy

Narratives and Framing

Environmental, Disaster, and Energy Policy

Vulnerable Groups and Public Policy

2011 - 2013

Auburn University Montgomery

Master of Public Administration

2001 - 2006

Auburn University Montgomery

B.A. Sociology, Secondary Major in English

Children & the Policy Process