Peter Tierney

Maryland School of Public Policy
Class of 2015

Peter graduated from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in May 2015, specializing in international security and economic policy.  He wrote his master’s thesis on the Obama administration’s options for standing up to China’s currency policy.  While at Maryland, Peter was a research assistant with the Center for International Policy Exchanges, a teaching assistant of macroeconomics, and a representative on the graduate student government.  Peter also studied abroad in Morocco and Peru, and was inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society for his academic achievements.  In addition, Peter interned with Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the China desk at the Department of State, and the Bureau of Information Resource Management at the Department of State (where he is currently employed).

Prior to the University of Maryland, Peter received an M.A. in Chinese languages and literatures from the Ohio State University.  He lived in Beijing for three years during this time, where he took language courses at a local university and worked as a research assistant at the Transparency International China office at Tsinghua University.  Peter wrote his master’s thesis in Chinese on corruption and good governance policies in modern China.  Peter is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. He is fluent in Chinese.