Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science


Peter J. Schraeder

Title/s:  Professor
Dean of the College of Arts and Science

Specialty Area: International Relations

Office #:  Coffey Hall 315

Phone: 773.508.3070


CV Link: Peter Schraeder CV

External Webpage: https://pschrae.wixsite.com/mysite


Peter J. Schraeder (pschrae@luc.edu) is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago, where he also teaches as part of the interdisciplinary African Studies, Honors, Global and International Studies, and Islamic World Studies programs. He received his MA (1986) and PhD (1990) in International Studies from the University of South Carolina, after completing a double major in International Studies and French at Bradley University (1982), a degree in French Civilization and Language at the Sorbonne in Paris, France (1982), and a certificate in French from the Catholic Institute of Paris, France (1981).

His teaching draws on wide-ranging overseas experiences, including having lived, lectured or carried out research in 77 countries, including 31 in Africa. In addition to serving as a Fulbright lecturer and researcher at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal (1994-96) and at the University of Tunis in Tunisia (2002-03), Schraeder has held visiting appointments at the University of Carthage in Tunis (annually, 2003-present), The European University of Tunis (2017-present), Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) in Italy (2003-05), the University of the Antilles in Guadeloupe (1999), the French Institute of African Research in Zimbabwe (1996), the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti (1987), and Somali National University in Mogadishu, Somalia (1985). He has taught numerous interdisciplinary, service-learning, and experiential-learning courses, including overseas. In the case of Tunisia, for example, he created and led in 2004 and 2005 the JFRC’s 10-day spring break trip to Tunisia, and from 2006-15 led an annual 21-day experiential-learning summer travel course for U.S. students to Tunisia.

Schraeder’s research interests span four major areas: (1) foreign policy analysis; (2) United States and European foreign policies toward Africa and the Middle East; (3) African politics and international relations (including North Africa); and (4) intervention in world politics. His research has been published in such diverse scholarly journals as African Affairs, Current History, Democratization, The Journal of Democracy, The Journal of Modern African Studies, The Journal of Politics, Middle East Journal, Nordic Journal of African Studies, Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs, Politique Africaine, Political Science Quarterly, and World Politics. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Globalization and Emerging Trends in African Foreign Policy: A Comparative Perspective of Eastern Africa (2007), African Politics and Society: A Mosaic in Transformation (2nd ed., 2004), Exporting Democracy: Rhetoric vs. Reality (2002), United States Foreign Policy Toward Africa: Incrementalism, Crisis, and Change (1994), and Intervention into the 1990s: U.S. Foreign Policy Toward the Third World (1992). He is currently completing a book, Beyond the “Big Man”: Impact of Democratization on the Formulation and Implementation of African Foreign Policies, which includes case studies from all regions of the African continent.  He is also currently co-editing Intervention Abroad: United States Foreign Policy toward the Global South, as well as a collection of papers from a March 2017 symposium, “Revolutionary Diplomats? Impacts of the Arab Spring on the Formulation and Implementation of North African Foreign Policies.”

Fluent in English and French, Schraeder is involved in a number of international research networks, most notably in France and francophone Africa. He is the recipient of numerous grants, including most recently a $250,000 State Department grant (2010-14) to strengthen research ties between Loyola and three Tunisian universities, a $250,000 State Department grant (2011-15) to undertake survey research on Tunisia’s transition to democracy, and a $30,000 internal interdisciplinary grant (2014-15) with faculty from Loyola’s School of Education and School of Business to conduct research on the socio-economic impacts of the Tunisian revolution. Schraeder was the recipient in 2011 of three of the highest honors a faculty member can receive at Loyola: Faculty Member of the Year, Graduate Faculty Member of the Year, and Sujack Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He resides in Arlington Heights, Illinois, with his wife, Catherine Anne Scanlon, and three children: Maximilian (18 years old), Marianne (15 years old), and Patrick (12 years old).


PhD, University of South Carolina, 1990