Staff Directory

Peter Burns, PhD

Professor of Political Science

Phone: 949-480-4403

Fax: 949-480-4246


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D, University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A., University of Connecticut
  • B.A., University of Connecticut

Positions Held

  • 2015 – present, Professor, Soka University of America
  • 2013 – 2015, Interim-Department Chair, Loyola University New Orleans
  • 2009 – 2015, Professor with tenure, Loyola University New Orleans 
  • 2007 – 2008, Post-doctoral Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor of Government, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, Dartmouth College
  • 2005, Special Visiting Associate Professor, Fairfield University 
  • 2004 – 2009 Associate Professor with tenure, Loyola University New Orleans
  • 2001 – 2004 Assistant Professor, Loyola University New Orleans
  • 2000 – 2001, Interim Director of the Legislative Internship Program, Trinity College, Hartford
  • 1999 – 2001, Visiting Assistant Professor, Trinity College, Hartford

Research Interests

  • Urban Governance
  • Public Policy
  • Policing

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • Reforming New Orleans: The Contentious Politics of Change in the Big Easy with Matthew O. Thomas (Cornell University Press, 2015).
  • Electoral Politics Is Not Enough: Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Urban Politics (State University of New York Press, 2006).
  • Success in College: From Cs in High School to As in College (Rowman Education, 2006).    

Courses Taught at SUA

  • American Government
  • Urban Politics
  • Public Policy
  • American Experience 

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Excellence in Advising Award, given by the Loyola University College of Social Sciences, May 8, 2009
  • Norton Long Young Scholar, given by the American Political Science Association’s Organized Section on Urban Politics, 2001
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award, University of Connecticut, 2001
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Golden Key Honor Society
  • Who’s Who in Teaching, 2003-2004
  • Dr. Norman Roussell Commitment for Excellence Award, given by the Loyola University New Orleans Black Student Union, November 19, 2004
  • Loyola University Faculty Senate Award for Teaching, 2002-2003
  • Alcazar Award for Exceptional Service to LUCAP, 2004
  • Distinguished Faculty Service Award, given by Student Government, Loyola University New Orleans April 23, 2003
  • Campus Life Leadership Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, given by Student Government Trinity College, April 23, 2001
  • Richard Brainerd Award, given by the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, Trinity College, April 20, 2001.
  • Official Citation from the Connecticut General Assembly in Recognition of Service to the Students at Trinity College, given by the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate, the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, and the Secretary of the State of Connecticut, April 30, 2001.