John Peterson

Contact Information:

Office Phone:
1- 650- 723-1361
650- 723-1361

Office Location:
Sweet Hall 3rd Floor, Rm 331, 590 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Office Hours:

T/TH 01:00pm-02:00pm


John Peterson has taught in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric since 2004. Before coming to Stanford, he was a mentor teacher in the UC Irvine Writing Program and started the writing curriculum in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Born and raised in Los Angeles, John completed his BA in Literature at UC Santa Cruz and his MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He is Coordinator for PWR 1, a faculty advisor to freshmen and sophomores, and works in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking.

John is interested in how people's backgrounds, experiences, and their relationships to technology shape the ways they learn to write. Past classes have ranged from research in liberal arts education, to study of the tension between art and commerce, to investigations of pop culture. His essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in various anthologies and journals, most recently in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. His current project is a book-length inquiry into how improvisation is a learned activity that requires both practice and imagination: "Free Speech? The Danger and Beauty of Speaking Off-the-Cuff."