Anne Petersen, Ph.D.

  • Research Professor, CHGD
  • 1011SW 300 NIB
    300 N. Ingalls
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5406

  • 734-764-2443


Dr. Petersen’s research focused on adolescent development and her teaching on developmental statistics and measurement. Her current work emphasizes global science, global philanthropy, and policy implications. She has a recent book on global positive youth development, and one in preparation on developmental science needed for achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She was an editor of a Child Development special section on positive youth development and is working on a Journal of Research on Adolescence special section on new puberty research, among other recent or in press publications. She has published more than 360 articles/chapters and 17 books. All her degrees are from the University of Chicago: BA mathematics, MS statistics, PhD measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis.

In addition to CHGD faculty, Petersen is a member of the MHIRT faculty, a faculty affiliate with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiative in UM’s Africa Studies Center, and a faculty affiliate of the Science, Technology, and Policy Program of the Ford School of Public Policy. Prior to coming to CHGD, Petersen held administrative and faculty roles at Stanford U, U Minnesota, Penn State U, and U Chicago. She was Senior VP Programs, WK Kellogg Foundation and US President-nominated/Senate-confirmed National Science Foundation Deputy Director/COO.

Petersen also founded and is President of the Global Philanthropy Alliance, supporting young social entrepreneurs in Africa. She also leads or serves as a member of numerous boards and committees, including chairing the Policy and Global Affairs Committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She holds many honors including election to the National Academy of Medicine.