Rachelle Peterson is policy director at the National Association of Scholars (NAS) and the author of three NAS reports. She also serves as a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.
Peterson is the author of Inside Divestment: The Illiberal Movement to Turn a Generation Against Fossil Fuels (November 2015), which provides the first comprehensive account of the international campus movement demanding disinvestment from fossil fuel companies. With Peter Wood she co-authored Sustainability: Higher Education’s New Fundamentalism (March 2015), a top-to-bottom review of how sustainability and environmental studies are promulgated in American higher education. She is also the author of Outsourced to China: Confucius Institutes and Soft Power in American Higher Education (April 2017), which investigates the Chinese government’s influence on American higher education. That report has become the basis for one bill and multiple letters by members of Congress.
Peterson’s research and commentary has been published in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, National Review Online, and Commentary magazine. She has appeared on WSJ’s Opinion Journal as well as numerous radio shows.
She graduated from The King’s College in New York City with a bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics.