PhD Candidate
Public Policy Graduate Program
School of Public Policy

100-P Bexell Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3703

About Myself

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, I came to OSU’s School of Public Policy from Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy, after completing a Master of Public Administration at Auburn University Montgomery. Before graduate school, I worked in operations and risk management for Planned Parenthood of Alabama. While in graduate school, I developed a passion for environmental policy, which has been amplified by my love of outdoor recreation. My research agenda explores the role of narrative attention and information framing in policy process dynamics like agenda setting in political institutions, policy change, and activism. I collect my own data and use both qualitative and quantitative methods of data analysis. My research has been published in Policy Studies Journal, Politics & Policy, and in edited volumes like The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the Pacific Northwest with my spouse, child, and two dogs.

Areas of Interest / Policy Concentrations

Policy Process Theory, Narratives and Framing, Environmental and Energy Policy


  • Policy Problems (PS 371)
  • Political Analysis (PS 300)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (PPOL 523)
  • Environmental Politics & Policy (PS 475)
  • US Energy Policy (PS 473)
  • Introduction to US Government (PS 201)

Curriculum Vitae


Brief Vita


In Progress, Oregon State University, Ph.D. Public Policy

2014, Virginia Tech, Ph.D. Public Administration & Policy, Transferred

2013, Auburn University Montgomery, M.S. Public Administration

2006, Auburn University Montgomery, B.A. Sociology, Secondary Major in English

Selected Publications

Peterson, Holly L. 2018. “Political Information has Bright Colors: Narrative Attention Theory.” Policy Studies Journal (In Press).

Pierce, Jonathan J., Holly L. Peterson, and Katherine C. Hicks. 2017 “Policy Change: An Advocacy Coalition Framework Perspective.” Policy Studies Journal (Early View) DOI: 10.1111/psj.12223.

Peterson, Holly L. and Michael D. Jones. 2016. “Making Sense of Complexity: The Narrative Policy Framework and Agenda Setting.” In The Handbook of Public Policy Agenda Setting. Nikolaos Zahariadis (editor). Edward Elgar: 106-133.

Smith-Walter, Aaron, Holly L. Peterson, Michael D. Jones, and Ashley Reynolds. 2016. “Gun Stories: How Evidence Shapes Firearm Policy in the United States.” Politics and Policy 44 (6): 1053-1088.