Erikson Institute

Current Scholar

Dale Peterson, PhD, graduated from the University of Rochester with a double-major BA, in English and Psychology, and then attended Stanford University to complete a PhD in English Literature in 1977.

He has written about anthropology, art, computers, literature, psychiatry, and travel, but his primary subject is animals: their lives, meaning, and fate. He has traveled the world, from South America to Africa and Southeast Asia— looking for wild animals. He's also examined how people treat animals, conducting undercover investigations in the U.S., surveying wild animal meat markets in Central Africa and Asia, interviewing gorilla hunters and elephant marketers in Africa, and following the trail of illegal animal body parts from northern Burma into China.

Dr. Peterson Translated into nine foreign languages, Dale Peterson's books have been distinguished as Best Book of the Year by the Boston Globe, Denver Post, Discover, The Economist, Globe and Mail, Library Journal, and the Village Voice; two of his books were listed as Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. He has been shortlisted for the Sir Peter Kent Conservation Book Prize in Britain and, in the United States, for the L.L. Winship Prize. He currently serves as a member of the executive board for PEN New England; as an executive board member, Dale founded and now chairs the committee for the Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing. More recently, he co-organized the symposium at Harvard University on Animal Consciousness: Evidence and Implications. Since 1984, he has been an adjunct faculty member in the English Department at Tufts University. He lives with his wife, Wyn Kelley, in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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