Peter Cramer
Associate Professor
Department of English
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC
Canada V5A 1S6


Peter Cramer is an associate professor in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. He teaches courses in writing, discourse analysis, argumentation, and the history and theory of rhetoric. His research examines how writers and speakers shape controversy and consensus in discourse. He has analyzed cases in a number of public and professional domains, and published his work in Written Communication, Argumentation, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, and Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. His monograph Controversy as News Discourse was published by Springer in 2011.

Keywords: Discourse Analysis, Rhetoric, Writing, Argumentation


Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University, 2012-present
Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, 2006-2012
PhD Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005

Recent Publications

Cramer, P. (2016). Story Problems: Where Do the Agonists of the Dialogue Model of Argument Interact? Argumentation, 30(2), 129-144.

Cramer, P. (2015). Stasis Four for Literate Jurisdictions: Writing for an Art World Referee. Rhetoric Review, 34(3), 315-335.

Cramer, P., & Eisenhart, C. (2014). Examining Readers' Evaluations of Objectivity and Bias in News Discourse. Written Communication, 31(3), 280-303.

Cramer, P. (2013). The EBM Argument Hygiene Campaign. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 19(3), 447-453.

Cramer, P. (2013). Sick Stuff: A Case Study of Controversy in a Constitutive Attitude. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 43(2), 177-201.

Cramer, P. (2012). Recruiting and nominating participants for the Brooklyn Museum controversy: The contributions of New York City print journalists. In R. Howells, A. D. Ritivoi, & J. Schachter (Eds.), Outrage! art, controversy, and society. (pp. 66-98). Palgrave.