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Profiles: Jordan Carr Peterson
Name Jordan Carr Peterson
College University of Southern California, University of Florida, Levin College of Law
Degree B.A. German Literature, J.D., Ph.D. Political Science
Current job title Assistant Professor of Political Science
Employer Texas Christian University
Location Fort Worth, TX

Why did you first start learning German?
I began studying German in seventh grade as part of mandatory language curriculum in my middle school. I studied through AP German in high school, then majored in German literature as an undergraduate.

What did you get out of your German studies?
Like all humanities, studying German at the high school and university levels equipped me with a different framework for understanding human emotions and society; how people relate to themselves, one another, and their government or state. This proved invaluable as I later transitioned to different academic disciplines. I also believe the study of a country or nation's literature gives a unique window into its history and politics. Incidentally, one foundational experience in my study of German occurred when I was awarded the AATG/PAD exchange study trip to Erlangen in the summer of 2003, prior to my senior year of high school.

What influence did German have on your career choices?
My undergraduate honors thesis advisor, a professor of German and comparative literature at USC, encouraged me to enter a career in academia in order to research and teach on subjects regarding which I'd later develop expertise.

How do you use German today at home or in your work?
Mostly recreationally, as most of my research regards US politics, but I have used German to network professionally with faculty at universities in Germany, and keep up both my comparative political awareness as well as reading skills by reading the news for 15-20 minutes in the FAZ every day.


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