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Beverly Peters

Assistant Professor School of Prof & Extd Studies

Additional Positions at AU

  • Director, Measurement and Evaluation Programs
Dr. Peters is a specialist in human security in Africa and has written extensively on economic development, democratization, and HIV/AIDS. She has more than twenty years experience teaching, conducting research, and managing projects in southern and West Africa. An expert on political and economic development in Zimbabwe, she has provided political analyses to the government of South Africa and the private sector, and is regularly featured in local and international media including the South African Broadcasting Corporation news, New York Times, Voice of America, and Radio France International.

Dr. Peters has developed proposals for and managed democratization and community development programs in South Africa, Darfur, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, among other countries.

Dr. Peters is the Program Director for SPExS's online Measurement and Evaluation Programs, and she is an expert in qualitative methods, which she regularly teaches. She has taught in several Washington Semester Programs, including Global Economics and Business, US Foreign Policy, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and International Environment and Development. She also teaches distance education courses in African governance and international development. She was one of the winners of American University's 2013 Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award and 2013 Mobile Technology Award.

An organic gardener, she has taught at American University since 1999, and enjoys stargazing and watching Star Trek with her husband and two children.

Degrees

PhD Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
MA Public and International Affairs, California State University Sacramento

Languages Spoken
English, Shona, Spanish
Office
School of Prof & Extd Studies
Spring Valley Building - 409
Contact Info
(202) 895-4916 (Office)

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For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • Qualitative Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Village-level political, social, and economic development in Africa
  • Political trends in southern Africa 

Media Appearances

 

Television

   E-TV news (Johannesburg; multiple dates; political/economic situation in Zimbabwe)

   German Public Radio and TV Broadcasting (multiple dates; land reform in Zimbabwe, political/economic situation in Zimbabwe)

   South African Broadcasting Corporation (multiple dates; land reform in Zimbabwe, political/economic situation in Zimbabwe, SADC relations, South African foreign policy, US foreign policy)

   South African Broadcasting Corporation Satellite News (multiple dates; land reform in Zimbabwe, political/economic situation in Zimbabwe) 

Radio

Business Day Radio (Johannesburg; multiple dates; land reform in Zimbabwe, political/economic situation in Zimbabwe, commercial implications of situation in Zimbabwe, election results in Zimbabwe, political/economic situation in Lesotho, political/economic situation in Zambia)

   Cape Talk Radio (Cape Town; multiple dates; land reform in Zimbabwe, South African foreign policy)

   High Veld Radio (Johannesburg; multiple dates; land reform in Zimbabwe, political/economic situation in

Zimbabwe, export economy in Zimbabwe, election results in Zimbabwe, political/economic situation in Lesotho, democratization processes in SADC)

   National Public Radio, Kojo Nnandi (Washington DC; 6 February 2002; political/economic situation in Zimbabwe)

   Radio France International (Paris; multiple dates; election results in Zimbabwe)

   SABC Radio (Johannesburg, Polokwane, Cape Town; multiple dates; land reform in Zimbabwe, political/ economic situation in Zimbabwe, election results in Zimbabwe, election results in South Africa, election results in USA, US foreign policy)

Print

   Sydney Morning News (Sydney; multiple dates; land reform in Zimbabwe, political/economic situation in Zimbabwe, election results in Zimbabwe)

   Voice of America (Washington DC; multiple dates; political/economic situation in Zimbabwe, South African foreign policy, US foreign policy)

   Associated Press (London; multiple dates; land reform in Zimbabwe, political/economic situation in Zimbabwe, election results in Zimbabwe, South African foreign policy)

   Australian High Commission Cable (Pretoria; multiple dates, HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, South African foreign policy)

   Boston Globe (Boston; multiple dates; land reform in Zimbabwe, political/economic situation in Zimbabwe, election results in Zimbabwe)

   The Economist (London; multiple dates; political/economic situation in Zimbabwe, SADC relations)

   Financial Gazette (Zimbabwe; multiple dates; South African foreign policy, SADC relations)

   Financial Mail (Johannesburg; multiple dates; commercial implications of situation in Zimbabwe, South African foreign policy, US foreign policy)

   IRIN (Johannesburg; multiple dates; election results in Zimbabwe, political/economic situation in Lesotho, South African foreign policy, SADC relations)

   Liberaçion (Paris; multiple dates; political/economic situation in Zimbabwe, election results in Zimbabwe)

   Namibian (Windhoek; multiple dates; political/economic situation in Zimbabwe, South African foreign policy, SADC relations)

   New York Times (New York; multiple dates; land reform in Zimbabwe, election results in Zimbabwe, South African foreign policy)

   New York Times Review of Books (New York; multiple dates; HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa)

   Pretoria News (Pretoria; multiple dates; land reform in Zimbabwe, political/economic situation in Zimbabwe)

   Windhoek News (Windhoek; multiple dates; SADC relations, Namibian-Zimbabwean relations)

   Zimbabwe Press Association (Harare; multiple dates; SADC relations, South African foreign policy) 

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • American University, SPExS, Award to Develop Faculty Seminar, 2014
  • American University, Mobile Learning Award, 2013
  • American University, Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award, 2013
  • American University, Certified Green Teacher, 2009-present  
  • American University, Provost Office Grant to Develop Distance Education Course, 2008 and 2010
  • American University, Washington Semester Research Grant to Conduct Research in South Africa, 2004
  • American University, Washington Semester and World Capitals Program Research Grant to Conduct Research in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia, 2003
  • American University, Washington Semester and World Capitals Program Research Grant to Conduct Research in Zimbabwe, 2001 
  • University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg Research Grant to Conduct Research in Zimbabwe, 2000
  • US Government Boren Scholarship to Carry Out Language Instruction and Dissertation Research in South Africa, 1997
  • University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms Grant to Conduct Research in South Africa, 1995
  • University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Travel Grant for Exploratory Dissertation Research in South Africa, 1995 

Selected Publications

Card Sorting, Washington, DC: American University, 2016. 

How to Conduct a Focus Group for M&E, Washington, DC: American University, 2016. 

Participatory Tools for Qualitative Data Collection, Washington, DC: American University, 2016.

Seasonal Calendars and Timelines, Washington, DC: American University, 2016.

Using Focus Groups for M&E, Washington, DC: American University, 2016. 

The Emic and the Etic: Their Importance to Qualitative Evaluators, Washington, DC: American University, 2015.

M&E Tools: Conducing a Census, Washington, DC: American University, 2015. 

M&E Tools: Qualitative Interviews, Washington, DC: American University, 2015. 

 

Observation, Participant Observation, and M&E, Washington, DC: American University, 2015.

The Philosophy of Science and Qualitative Methods in M&E, Washington, DC: American University, 2015. 

Qualitative Methods and Causal Mechanisms: Let’s Consider Golf Balls, Washington, DC: American University, 2015. 

Using Qualitative Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Thoughts Considering the Project Cycle, Washington, DC: American University, 2015. 

Under Threat from HIV/AIDS: Burial Societies in Limpopo Province, South Africa, International Handbook on Trauma and Mass Healing, Ani Kalayjian, ed.  New York: Praeger, 2009, pp. 403-422.

Trends Influencing Land Reform in Zimbabwe: Lessons from South Africa, South African Yearbook of International Affairs. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2006.

Behind the Fall of Zuma, Africa Week. October 2005, pp. 20-21.

Mugabe: The Legend and Legacy, Africa Week. September 2005, pp. 18-20.

Death, Burial, and the Afterlife in Africa: Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, and Traditional Religion, Greenwood Daily Life Series. Connecticut: Greenwood Publishers, 2005.

Death, Burial, and the Afterlife in Christianized Sub-Saharan Africa, Greenwood Daily Life Series. Connecticut: Greenwood Publishers, 2005.

HIV/AIDS: Reviewing the Southern African Region, South African Yearbook of International Affairs. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2004, pp. 361-370.

The Political Economy of Land Reform and Agricultural Development in Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Mozambique, South African Yearbook of International Affairs. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2004, pp. 343-349.

The Challenges of Democracy and Democratization in Southern Africa, South African Yearbook of International Affairs. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2003. pp. 301-307.

Land Reform in Southern Africa, South African Yearbook of International Affairs. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2001, pp. 159-164.

AIDS: Issues in the Global Pandemic, (Guest Editor), South African Journal of International Affairs. 7 (2): 2000.

AIDS: Issues in the Global Pandemic: Guest Editor’s Note, South African Journal of International Affairs. 7 (2): 2000, pp. V-X.

Caveats for Land Reform in South Africa: Lessons from Zimbabwe (with Naude Malan), South African Journal of International Affairs. 7 (2): 2000, pp. 151-162.

Challenges To Political and Economic Development in Africa (with Gareth Elliot), South African Yearbook of International Affairs. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2000, pp. 247-260.

Embrace, Respect Those Who Live With HIV/AIDS, The Citizen (Johannesburg), 15 February 2000.

SA Media Takes a Dim View of Zimbabwe, The Sowetan (Johannesburg), 4 May 2000.

 

Global Review of HIV/AIDS, South African Yearbook of International Affairs. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2000, pp. 441-448.

HIV/AIDS: Uniting and Dividing South Africa and the United States, The Reality Behind the Rhetoric: The United States, South Africa, and Africa. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2000, pp. 97-110.

 

 

Loan to Zimbabwe in South Africa’s Interest, Finance Week (Johannesburg), 18 February 2000. 

 

Review of Publications on Desertification and Rural Development, South African Journal of International Affairs. 7 (2): 2000, pp. 240-243.

 

Southern Africa: Reviewing the Region, South African Yearbook of International Affairs. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2000, pp. 21-48.

 

Zimbabwe at a Crossroads, Intelligence Update. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, March 2000.

 

The Commercial Implications of the Current Situation in Zimbabwe, Intelligence Update. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, April 1999.

 

The Erosion of Women’s Rights and the Political Economy of Customary Law in Zimbabwe, South African Journal of International Affairs. 6 (3): 1999, pp. 123-130.

 

Migrant Labour, Brain Drain and Brain Gain in South Africa, Intelligence Update. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, July 1999.

 

Review of “The Cultures of Globalization,” edited by Fredric Jameson and Masao Miyoshi, Durham: Duke University Press, 1998, in South African Journal of International Affairs. 6(3): 1999, pp. 246-247.

 

Review of “The Economics of Famine,” edited by Jean Dreze, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publications, 1999, in South African Journal of International Affairs. 8 (2): 2001, pp. 159-160.

 

South and Southern Africa, South African Yearbook of International Affairs, Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 1999, pp. 25-59.

 

Women and Land Tenure Dynamics in Pre–Colonial, Colonial, and Post–Colonial Zimbabwe (with John Peters), Journal of Public and International Affairs, 9: 1998, pp. 183-203.

Professional Presentations

American University, SPExS M&E Seminar, 2015: Gave online presentation on “Using Observation and Participant Observation for M&E”

 

University of Pittsburgh, Methods Seminar, 2014: Gave presentation on “Observation”

 

American University, Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning, 2013: Presented paper on “Using Technology in the Classroom”

 

University of Pittsburgh, Global Studies Conference, 2013: Presented paper on “Micropolitics and the Rural Areas of South Africa”

 

American University, Ann Ferren Teaching Conference, 2011: Presented paper on “Experiential education: Collaborating with students”

 

US Foreign Service Institute, Lecture Series for Officers in Africa, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008: Gave lectures on “Gender in Development in Africa”

 

US Department of State, 2007: Briefed outgoing US Ambassadors to Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, and Sierra Leone

 

Syracuse University, Maxwell School for International Affairs, 2007: Gave presentation on “Democratization Programs in West Africa”

 

National Democratic Institute, 2007: Organized and chaired panel on “Legislative Strengthening in West Africa and Latin America: Comparative Perspectives”

 

National Democratic Institute, 2007: Gave presentation on “Conflict Resolution Programs and Elections in Sierra Leone”

 

National Democratic Institute, 2007: Gave presentation on “Political Trends and the Upcoming Election in Sierra Leone”

 

George Mason University, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, 2007 Gave presentation on “Careers in

International Development”

 

George Mason University, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, 2006 Organized and chaired discussion on “Rwanda Means the Universe”

 

Washington College of Law, Founders Day Celebrations, “Common Ground: Global Perspectives on Minority Land Rights,” 2006: Gave paper on “Minority and Female Land Rights in Zimbabwe”

 

US Foreign Service Institute, Lecture Series for Officers in Africa, 2006 Gave lectures on “Environmental Challenges in Africa”

 

US Foreign Service Institute, Lecture Series for Officers in Africa, 2006 Gave lectures on “Democratization in Africa”