Dr. Peterson has been a faculty member at the Institute for Public Utilities at Michigan State University and has taught economics at Illinois Central College and Eureka College. His work has appeared in The Electricity Journal, Natural Gas and Electricity and several edited volumes. His primary area of interest is public utility economics and industrial organization.

Dr. Peterson received a B.S. and M.S., both in economics, from Illinois State University and a Ph.D in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.