Peter Bales, Ph.D.

Office: M-404

Office Phone: 718-281-5031


Personal Website


Professor Peter BalesProfessor Peter Bales received his B.S. from Northwestern University, M.A. from Long Island University, and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to his position at Queensborough, he taught at Nassau Community College, C.W. Post College, and the State University of New York at Farmingdale. His research interests include 20th century U.S. diplomatic history and United States – Latin American relations. Currently, Dr. Bales is working in the realm of U.S. political history, and writing a book focusing on the unsuccessful presidential candidates of the 1920s.

Bales has published a humorous take on United States history, which evolved into two books: How Come They Always Had Battles in the National Parks? and Who Cares, They're All Dead Anyway.

Recently, both books were combined into a comprehensive tongue-in-cheek chronicle of the American saga called, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the 21st Century. The factual yet irreverent survey of American History from the beginning through the modern era has been popular with students and comedy fans of all ages.

Peter Bales first novel, Long Live Long Island, was released in 2013. Set in 1981 on Long Island's Gold Coast, it's a political thriller with outrageous characters, real action, lots of laughs and, you never know, it could happen…

He also has performed stand-up comedy for over thirty years, and appeared at countless comedy clubs, corporate functions, and colleges across the country and appeared on a variety of networks including Comedy Central, Lifetime, FOX, A&E, VH1, MTV, and SiriusXM.

History courses taught:

Growth of American Civilization I & II, History of New York State, and Recent American History.

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
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QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
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The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.