Peter Smagorinsky

Peter SmagorinskyDistinguished Research Professor 2011


Peter Smagorinsky, professor of language and literacy education, is among the world’s most authoritative and prolific voices for educational reform. He is a scholar of international renown — in his own field — and in the related fields of cultural psychology, communication, human development, composition, and rhetoric. His scholarship seeks not only to refine the theory of human development but also to inform evidence-based practice.

His research has been supported by $300,000 in external funding in a field where funding is scarce. He has authored 189 publications and given 140 presentations. While serving a seven-year stewardship on Research in the Teaching of English, the premier research journal in his field, Smagorinsky “significantly enlarged the scope of the journal” to include debate on topics by both researchers and practitioners in English education. He also traces the implications of his work into the classroom, where he communicates effectively with teachers.