Dr. Peters completed his Ph.D. at UW-Madison in 2007 (B.A. from Rutgers 1988, M.A. from Iowa 1995). He has worked at UW-Madison in a variety of capacities since 1998, and he will be teaching in Religious Studies at UW-Oshkosh 2008-2009. In the past he has taught in a variety of disciplines at the universities of New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin. He did "a bit of classwork in law, in grad school", but is "much more of a historian (and journalist)".

He grew up in Catonsville, MD, site of the "Catonsville Nine" draft protest in 1968, in which the Berrigan brothers and seven others seized and burned draft files. (Watch for his next book on that subject.)

His most recent book is When Prayer Fails: Faith Healing, Children, and the Law, Oxford University Press, 2007.
Two earlier books by our speaker are available from the Madison Public Libraries:
Judging Jehovah's Witnesses: Religious Persecution and the Dawn of the Rights Revolution (2000)
The Yoder Case: Religious Freedom, Education, and Parental Rights (2003)