Peter Leslie Mortensen

Associate Professor

Research Interests

History of rhetoric and literacy in the U.S., qualitative study of literacy, research ethics


  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1989
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego (Revelle College), 1983

Recent Publications

Mortensen, P. L. (2015). Afterword. In S. Webb-Sunderhaus, & K. Donehower (Eds.), Rereading Appalachia: Literacy, place, and cultural resistance (pp. 199-212). (Place matters: new directions in Appalachian studies). Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.

Mortensen, P. L. (2012). The work of illiteracy in the rhetorical curriculum. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 44(6), 761-786.

Mortensen, P. L. (2012). Thirty-five questions. Advances in the History of Rhetoric, 15(1), 109-118.

Anson, C., Cooper, M., Desai, G., Gere, A. R., Gilbert, P. K., Gilyard, K., ... Vitanza, V. J. (2011). Symposium: How I Have Changed My Mind. College English, 74(2), 106-130.

Mortensen, P. L. (2008). What Do We Want from Books? College Composition and Communication, 60(1), 193-225.

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