Heather Walker Peterson

Adjunct Professor of English
Linguistics Coordinator
Assistant Chair


Dr. Peterson’s past research looked at the ways in which interaction with religious text provided a sense of identity to Slavic immigrants. Her current research is an examination of religious language on Twitter. She also enjoys a different relationship with words: editing and writing freelance copy.



Ph. D., English, Program in Composition and T.E.S.O.L, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

M.A., Linguistics, University of North Dakota

B.A., English, Concentration in Writing, Northwestern College (University of Northwestern), St. Paul


Professional Accomplishments

"A Non-Place Identity and a Fixed (Sacred) Text: Literacy Practices Shaping Identity/ies of a Slavic Baptist Congregation from the Former Soviet Union to the United States" published in the interdisciplinary journal Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism in December 2012 (12:3).

Review of James Underhill's Creating Worldview: Metaphor, Ideology, and Language published by the Linguist List (online) March 2012.

Getting Published: Entering the Dialogue of Your Discipline (Liaison Magazine, Issue 6, March 2011, pp. 29-30) published by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics, and Area Studies, located at the University of Southampton, U.K. (directed at undergraduate students).