Mark Pedretti

Assistant Professor

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Ruane Center for the Humanities LL24


Ph.D. - Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley

Brief Biography:

Before coming to PC, Mark taught writing at Case Western Reserve University, and directed the writing program at Claremont Graduate University.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Writing, Rhetoric, Multimodal Composition, Late Modernism, Cold War Culture & History, Zombies, Conspiracy Theories, Public Rhetoric

Selected Publications:

Weakley, M. Pedretti, M. (2021) In Megan Jewell and Joseph Cheatle (Ed.), When is a Peer Not a Peer? Negotiating Authority and Expertise in Graduate Student Writing Consultations. Boulder: University Press of Colorado

Pedretti, M. (2020) Gender Preferences in Writing Center Appointments: The Case for a Metadata-Driven Approach. .(4),

Murphy, G. Mikanovich, T. Weakley, M. Pedretti, M. (2019) In Joseph J. Essid and Brian McTague (Ed.), From Writing Center to Writing Program? Transdisciplinarity as a Means to Institutional Credibility and Support. New York: Routledge

Pedretti, M. Perzynski, A. (2019) In Santosh Khadka and Jennifer Lee (Ed.), Reversing the Process: Video Composition and the Ends of Writing. Boulder: University Press of Colorado

McAlear, R. Pedretti, M. (2016) Writing Toward the End: Students’ Perceptions of Doneness in the Composition Classroom. Composition Studies.(44), 72-93.

Pedretti, M. (2016) After Aldermaston: Doris Lessing and the Problem of Revolution in the Nuclear Age. Doris Lessing Studies.(34), 4-11.

Pedretti, M. (2015) In Alice Ridout, Roberta Rubinstein, and Sandra Singer (Ed.), Doris Lessing and the Madness of Nuclear Deterrence. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Pedretti, M. (2014) Genre, Materiality, and Consciousness: From Philosophical Zombies to Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. C21 Literature.(3), 53-73.

Pedretti, M. (2013) In Michael Blouin, Morgan Shipley, and Jack Taylor (Ed.), Allegories of Hiroshima: Toward a Rhetoric of Nuclear Modernism. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars

Pedretti, M. (2013) Late Modern Rigmarole: Boredom as Form in Samuel Beckett’s Trilogy. Studies in the Novel.(45), 583-602.

Selected Presentations:

Pedretti, M. Weakley, M. The Citizen Center. International Writing Centers Association, Atlanta, GA - "Asynchronous Tutoring: Insights from the Data" October, 2018

Pedretti, M. Tchalian, H. Marx, A. Reinventing Rhetoric: Celebrating the Past, Building the Future. Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, MN - "Persuasion and Trustworthiness in Political Discourse: An Empirical Study of Linguistic Tokens in 'Fake News'" June, 2018

Pedretti, M. Literature and Its Publics: Past, Present, and Future. Modern Language Association, Austin, TX - "After Aldermaston: Doris Lessing and the Problem of Revolution in the Nuclear Age" January, 2016

Pedretti, M. Perzynski, A. Risk and Reward. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL - "Composing Backwards: Video Challenges to Process Composition Pedagogy" March, 2015

Pedretti, M. Narrative: An International Conference. International Society for the Study of Narrative, Cambridge, MA - "Mapping Narrative and the Functions of Commemoration in Early Hiroshima Literature" March, 2014

Pedretti, M. ASAP/5: The Arts of the City. Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Detroit, MI - "Cartography as Commemoration in Early Hiroshima Literature" October, 2013

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