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Contact Info:
Tufts University
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 204, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2459
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Dale Peterson

Ph.D., English, Stanford University
M.A., English, Stanford University
B.A., English and Psychology, University of Rochester

Research Interests
Expository Writing


  • Denver Post – Best Book of the Year, 2006
  • New York Times – Notable Book of the Year, 2006, 1993
  • Boston Globe – Book of the Year, 2006
  • The Economist – Best Book of the Year, Science and Technology, 2003
  • Discover – Top Science Book of the Year, 2003
  • Bloomsbury Review – Editors' Favorite Book of 2003
  • L.L. Winship/ PEN New England Award, finalist, 1997
  • Village Voice – Best Book of the Year, 1996
  • Library Journal – Best Sci-Tech Book of the Year, 1993
  • Sir Peter Kent Conservation Book Prize (Britain) – Finalist, 1991

Publication Highlights

Recent Books

  • Elephant Reflections. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009
  • Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Translated into Korean.
  • Eating Apes. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003. Translated into Japanese.
  • Beyond Innocence: Jane Goodall's Autobiography in Letters, the Later Years. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
  • Africa in my Blood: Jane Goodall's Autobiography in Letters, the Early Years. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. Translated into Chinese.
  • Storyville, USA. Athens: University of Georgia, 1999.
  • Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence. Co-authored with Richard Wrangham. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • Chimpanzee travels: On and Off the Road in Africa. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1995. Translated into Dutch
  • Visions of Caliban: On Chimpanzees and People. Co-authored with Jane Goodall. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Translated into Chinese, German, and Polish; recorded for the blind.
  • The Deluge and the Ark: A Journey into Primate Worlds. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989