Dr. Jason (Jay) Peters

Jason Peters

Assistant Professor


Office: 47-35C
Phone: (805)756-2596
E-mail: Jay Peters


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Upcoming Courses

(subject to change)

Spring 2016

ENGL 145-02 Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing
ENGL 505-01 Seminar in Composition Theory

Summer 2016 (1st 5-week Session)

ENGL 145-01 Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing
ENGL 149-01 Technical Writing for Engineers
ENGL 149-02 Technical Writing for Engineers

Fall 2016

ENGL 113 Essay Writing/ESL
ENGL 501 Techniques of Literary Research

Winter 2017


Spring 2017



Ph.D. English (Composition and Rhetoric), University of Rhode Island, 2015
M.F.A. Creative Writing (Poetry), Emerson College, 2010
B.A. English, Rhode Island College, 1999 magna cum laude

Teaching and Research Interests

Composition and Rhetoric
Composition Theory and History
Composition Pedagogy
Translingual and Multilingual Composition
Environmental Rhetoric and Communication
Creative Writing

About Jason Peters

Jason’s research focuses on the language practices of Elphège-J. Daignault, an attorney and newspaper publisher from New England who was excommunicated by the Catholic Church in 1928 for advocating French-English bilingual education in Catholic parochial schools. This project is part of a broader research and teaching interest in translingual composition practices, the history of multilingual literacy instruction in the United States, and the uneasy settlement of English in North America.

In 2011, Jason won a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship—a competitve, four-year fellowship sponsored by the US Department of Education—to pursue this work. This year he was awarded a grant to conduct archival research on Daignault’s personal papers, held at the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec (BAnQ) at Laval University.

Prior to studying at URI, he completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston. His scholarship is published in College English and The Writing Lab Newsletter, and his creative work has appeared in the Hawai’i Review and Midwest Quarterly.

Courses Taught

ENGL 133: Writing & Rhetoric for English as a Second Language Students
ENGL 145: Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing

Selected Publications

“Tierra Contaminada: Economies of Writing and Contaminated Ground.” Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition (Utah State UP, forthcoming).

“The Forecast” (poem). The Midwest Quarterly (Spring 2014).

“Speak White: Language Policy, Immigration Discourse, and Tactical Authenticity in a French Enclave in New England.” College English 75.6 (July 2013).

“Quorum” (poem). The Hawai’i Review (Winter 2012).

Selected Presentations

“An Historiography of Past Language Practices.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (2015, Tampa FL).

“Immigration as the Transposition of Identity Across Space and Time.” 5th Annual LANGSA Conference: Found in Translation. University of Connecticut (2014, Storrs CT).

“Language Ideology, Immigration Discourse, and the Cultural Rhetorics of La Survivance.” Cultural Rhetorics Conference 2014. Michigan State University (2014, East Lansing MI).

“Materialist Rhetoric and the ‘Indeterminate Material Environment’.” Rhetoric Society of America (2014, San Antonio TX).

“Immigrant as Rhetorical Border Crosser: A Case Study of Francophone New England.” Rhetoric Society of America (2014, San Antonio TX).

“Tierra Contaminada: Contaminated Ground and Access to Place.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (2014, Indianapolis IN).

“‘The Community Is Still of the Belief’: Discursive Divisions at an Urban Brownfield Site.” Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. University of Louisville (2012, Louisville KY).

Professional Memberships

Conference on College Composition & Communication
National Council of Teachers of English
Modern Language Association
Rhetoric Society of America
Alliance Française

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