Peter Leslie Mortensen

1986 …2015
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Personal profile


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

Research Interests

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

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literacy Social Sciences
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illiteracy Social Sciences
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Research Output 1986 2015


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

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The work of illiteracy in the rhetorical curriculum

Mortensen, P. L., Dec 1 2012, In : Journal of Curriculum Studies. 44, 6, p. 761-786 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Thirty-five questions

Mortensen, P., Jan 1 2012, In : Advances in the History of Rhetoric. 15, 1, p. 109-118 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

socioeconomic development
technical development
research project
Research Projects

Symposium: How I Have Changed My Mind

Anson, C., Cooper, M., Desai, G., Gere, A. R., Gilbert, P. K., Gilyard, K., Harris, J., Lee, V., Miller, S., Mortensen, P. L., Shumway, D., Sommers, N. & Vitanza, V. J., Nov 2011, In : College English. 74, 2, p. 106-130

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

What Do We Want from Books?

Mortensen, P. L., 2008, In : College Composition and Communication. 60, 1, p. 193-225

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Activities 2010 2017

  • 8 Oral presentation

The Rhetoric of Illiteracy and Its Consequences

Peter Leslie Mortensen (Speaker)

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Revisiting Histories of Literacy

Peter Leslie Mortensen (Speaker)
Oct 21 2016

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Honors & Recognition

CCCC Richard Braddock Award

Peter Leslie Mortensen (Recipient) & Gesa E Kirsch (Recipient), 1994


College Composition
Teaching of Writing