Dr. Jason (Jay) Peters

Jason Peters

Assistant Professor

Interim Director of Writing

English Major Advisor



Office: 47-35C
Phone: (805) 756-2862
E-mail: Jay Peters

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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, History & Pedagogy 
Environmental Rhetoric

About Jason Peters

My current project is a book manuscript titled Leaving New Anglo-Land, which documents the Catholic Church’s sponsorship of bilingual literacy in North America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Catholic Church is an institutional site largely unexamined in the fields of composition and rhetoric and literacy studies, yet it was the single largest institutional sponsor of bilingualism in North America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Using materials from French-language newspapers; French-American cultural organizations; special collections held in the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec; and government records held in the National Archives, the project provides a richly documented, historical narrative of how language ideologies, language politics, and language economies influenced the Church’s sponsorship and abrupt abandonment of bilingual literacy in the United States. Leaving New Anglo-Land argues that this history has left a legacy through which language difference in the United States is still understood today. 

I’m also co-Project Director of AgWriteCulture, a collaboration between the English department and the department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. The project pairs environmental science courses with environmental rhetoric courses, taking the science of sustainability and translating it into everyday agricultural practices and sustainable communities. Students meet local stakeholders, learn about environmental issues from a variety of perspectives, work with student-generated life cycle data, and write about it all for real audiences in ways that matter. Students interested in participating in this project should enroll in any of Dr. Peters’s ENGL 302 sections and are encouraged to contact him with any questions. AgWriteCulture is funded through the USDA’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture.

Courses Taught

ENGL 133: Multilingual Writing and Rhetoric  
ENGL 134: Writing and Rhetoric 
ENGL 145: Writing Arguments 
ENGL 149: Technical Writing for Engineers 
ENGL 302: Advanced Composition 
ENGL 501: Introduction to English Studies 
ENGL 505: Composition Theory

Selected Publications

“Dignitas and ‘Shit Shovels’: Corporate Bodies and Unruly Language.” Unruly Rhetorics (Pittsburgh UP, forthcoming). 

“Tierra Contaminada: Economies of Writing and Contaminated Ground.” Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition (Utah State UP, 2017). 

“Speak White: Language Policy, Immigration Discourse, and Tactical Authenticity.” College English 75.6 (July 2013).

Selected Presentations

2018 March. Facilitator, workshop on transnational writing program administration. “Engaging the Global: Transforming Transnational Literacy Work.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, MO. 

2018 March. “Electronic Portfolios as Language Labor: Translations, Border Crossings, and Digital Divides.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City MO, March 2018. 

2017 March. “’A Chinese Dish Consisting of Thick Wheat Noodles Topped with a Mixture of Ground Pork Stir-Fried with Zhajiang’: Translation and Citation in Digital Writing.” Engaging the Global: Challenges and Practices of the Digital in Transnational Writing. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland OR. 

2016 October. “Rhetorical Mobility: Reading Student Writing in Transnational Contexts.” Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. University of Louisville, Louisville KY. 

2016 August. “Unsettling Histories: Language Ideologies and Nationalist Formations.” ‘College Writing.’ From the 1966 Dartmouth Conference to Tomorrow. Dartmouth College, Hanover NH. 

2016 April. “The Urban Pond Procession: World-Making Through Differences.” The 21st International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology, Santa Ana CA. 

2016 March. “The Cross-Border Archives of Composition.” Responsible Action: International Higher Education Writing Research Exchange. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston TX. 

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

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

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

2014 May. “Materialist Rhetoric and the ‘Indeterminate Material Environment’.” Rhetoric Society of America RSA14: Border Rhetorics, San Antonio TX. 

2014 May. “Immigrant as Rhetorical Border Crosser: A Case Study of Francophone New England.” Rhetoric Society of America RSA14: Border Rhetorics, San Antonio TX. 

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

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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