Dr. J.E. Peterson is a historian and political analyst specializing in the
Arabian Peninsula and Gulf.
He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University SAIS and has worked at the
Library of Congress and taught at Bowdoin College, the College of William and Mary, the University of Pennsylvania, and Portland
State University, all in the United States.
He has been a Fellow at the Foreign
Policy Research Institute (Philadelphia) and the Middle East Institute (Washington, D.C.), and an Adjunct Fellow at the Center
for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.).
Until 1999, he served as the Historian of the Sultan's
Armed Forces in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Security and Defence in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, and he spent
2000-2001 at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.
He is affiliated with the Center
for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona, and he has been the 2004 Sir William Luce Fellow at the University
of Durham (UK) and 2014 Visiting Kuwait Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of SciencesPo (France).
He serves on the editorial boards of the Middle
East Journal, the Journal of Arabian Studies, the Journal of Oman Studies, and Liwa - the Journal of the UAE National Archives.
He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research.