Peter Wright

Peter Wright

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Peter Wright has served as adjunct professor at the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and the School of Management since 2013. His academic work and interests center on civic engagement and bureaucratic responsiveness, as well as education policy and politics. He is currently conducting research on the policy impact of interest groups through local school board politics.

Outside of academia, Dr. Wright has served in leadership positions for both non-profit organizations and government agencies and was an executive fellow for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007.

Dr. Wright received his Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from Occidental College in Los Angeles and is a former president of the alumni association and trustee of the college. He received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California and a PhD in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Research Areas

  • Public policy
  • American politics
  • California politics
  • Civic engagement
  • Education reform


  • University of California, Santa Barbara, PhD in political science, 2017
  • University of Southern California, MPA, 2010
  • Occidental College, BA in politics, 2005