Interview with Les Perelman

Selected Bibliography of Perelman's Work


With Edward Barrett & James Paradis. (1997). Mayfield handbook of technical and scientific writing. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company.

Edited Books

With Norbert Elliot. (2012). Writing assessment in the 21st century: Essays in honor of Edward M. White. New York, NY: Hampton Press.

Chapters in Books

(1991). The medieval art of letter writing: Rhetoric as institutional expression. In Charles Bazerman & James Paradis (Eds.), Textual dynamics of the professions: Historical and contemporary studies of writing in academic and other professional communities. (pp. 97–119). Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. Retrieved from

(2004). Creating a communication-intensive undergraduate curriculum in science and engineering for the 21st century: A case study in design and process. In Heinz Luegenbiehl, Kathryn Neeley, & David Ollis (Eds.), Liberal education in 21st century engineering. (pp. 77–94). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

(2012a). Length, score, time, and construct validity in holistically graded writing assessments: The case against Automated Essay Scoring (AES). In Charles Bazerman, Chris Dean, Karen Lunsford, Suzie Null, Paul Rogers, Amanda Stansell, & Terry Zawacki (Eds.), New directions in international writing research. (pp. 121–132). Anderson, SC: Parlor Press. Retrieved from

(2012b). Mass-market writing assessments as bullshit. In Norbert Elliot & Les Perelman (Eds.), Writing assessment in the 21st century: Essays in honor of Edward M. White. (pp. 425–438). New York, NY: Hampton Press.


(1999). The two rhetorics: Design and interpretation in engineering and humanistic discourse. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines, 3(2), 64–82. Retrieved from

(2006, November). Assessment in cyberspace. Teaching Composition [Electronic mailing list article]. Retrieved from

(2008a). Information illiteracy and mass market writing assessments. College Composition and Communication, 60(1), 128–141.

(2008b). Problems in evaluating four-year colleges. MIT Faculty Newsletter 21(1), 1 & 18–21. Retrieved from

(2009a). Communicating across the curriculum. MIT Faculty Newsletter 22(1), 1 & 21–25. Retrieved from

(2009b). Data driven change is easy; Assessing and maintaining it is the hard part. [Special issue on Writing Across the Curriculum and Assessment] Across the Disciplines, 6. Retrieved from

(2011, December). WAC revisited: You get what you pay for. The Writing Instructor. Retrieved from

(2013). Critique of Mark D. Shermis & Ben Hammer, “Contrasting state-of-the-art automated scoring of essays: Analysis.” Journal of Writing Assessment, 6(1). Retrieved from

(2014). When “the state of the art” is counting words. Assessing Writing, 21, 104–111.

Newspaper Opinion Articles

(2005, May 29). New SAT: Write long, badly and prosper. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from

(2014, April 30). Flunk the robo-graders. The Boston Globe. Retrieved from

(2014, October 24). Is MIT researcher being censored by Educational Testing Service? The Washington Post. Retrieved from

Other Media References

Winerip, Michael. (2012, April 22).Facing a Robo-Grader? Just Keep Obfuscating Mellifluously. New York Times. Retrieved from