Professor Peterson is a specialist on contemporary Russian prose, women's literature and Chekhov. She is the author of Subversive Imaginations: Fantastic Prose and the End of Soviet Literature, 1970s-1990s
, and of a number of articles on various aspects of Russian studies, including "The Private 'I' in the Works of Nina Berberova," The Slavic Review, vol. 60, No. 3, Fall 2001
; "Dirty Women: Cultural Connotations of Cleanliness in Stalinist Russia," in Russia-Women-Culture
(Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996); "Games Women Play: the Erotic Prose of Valeriia Narbikova," in Fruits of Her Plume: Essays on Contemporary Russian Women's Culture
, ed. by Helena Goscilo (M.E. Sharpe, 1993), and “The Child in Chekhov,” the Russian Review (October, 2014). She is a published translator and editor, most recently of Russian Love Stories (Peter Lang, 2009) and The Witching Hour and Other Plays by Nina Sadur (Academic Studies Press, 2014). Her areas of interests also include Russian culture, history, and Russian education. Prof. Peterson teaches advanced language courses, courses on translation, women's literature, nineteenth and twentieth century Russian literature, as well as courses on Pushkin, Tolstoy, Chekhov and Dostoevsky both in Russian and in English. She is on the faculty of the Doctoral Program in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center and has served as the Head of the Russian and Slavic Studies Program at Hunter since 2010.