Penar, Peter

Peter Penar is a 2009 graduate of The George Washington University (GWU) with a major in International Affairs and a minor in Comparative Religion.  Peter spent his junior year at St. Anne’s College of Oxford University studying comparative politics and international relations.  The academic experiences at Oxford shaped his research interests regarding African politics, democracy, and political institutions.  During his senior year, Peter participated in the Enosinian Scholars Program with university-funded research on “The Influence of Sub-Continental Regionalization on Democracy in Africa.”  At graduation, Peter was recognized with the Distinguished Scholar Award for the Elliott School of International Affairs at GWU.  During the two years prior to graduate school, Peter was a Teach For America corps member in the Boston Public Schools as an English language arts and social studies teacher.  At MSU, Peter is studying comparative politics as a major field, with a minor in research methods, and a regional interest in African politics.  Topics of research interest include democratic institutions, regional organizations and their influence on domestic democracy, the relationship of the military to the state and the economy, post-election violence and conflict, and religion in politics.

Comparative Politics, Methodology
Penar, Peter
Expected Completion: 2016
S. Kedzie 232