PhD, University of Maryland (1994)
Areas of Expertise: 17th & 18th Century British Literature, Literary Criticism, Lexicography, Textual Criticism & Rhetoric
Office location: English Department, Pedreira Building, Office #2-A, Basement of Pedreira Building, College of Humanities
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:20 am-12:15 pm
Phone: (787) 764-0000 ext. 89621
Messages: (787) 764-0000 ext. 89611 (at the English Department office)
Mark A. Pedreira, a second generation American of Cuban/Spanish, Italian, and Polish descent, was born in Syracuse, NY and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from Wheaton College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Restoration and Eighteenth-century British Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. His doctoral training included specialization in rhetorical theory, conceptual metaphor theory (a branch of cognitive linguistics/rhetoric), and lexicology. He has taught at various institutions before joining the UPR faculty, including Boston University and Chonbuk National University, South Korea. His current research, a MS entitled ‘Dictionary Johnson’ and the Protean Word, examines Samuel Johnson’s thoughts regarding poetic metaphor in the long eighteenth century , focusing on controversies concerning metaphorical interpretation from the perspective of eighteenth-century literary criticism, textual criticism, rhetoric/poetics, and lexicography. He now occupies the position of Full Professor in the English Department.