Peter Ehrenhaus

Professor of Communication

Peter Ehrenhaus
Ingram Hall
  • Professional
  • Biography
  • Personal


  • Ph.D., Speech Communication, University of Minnesota, 1979
  • M.A., Speech Communication, University of Minnesota, 1975
  • B.A., Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1973


  • Cultural Legacies of Vietnam: Uses of the Past in the Present co-authored with Richard Morris, (Ablex Publishing, 1990) : View Book

Selected Articles

  • Ehrenhaus, P. & A.S. Owen. "Looking at Lynching: Spectacle, Resistance, and Contemporary Transformations." Quarterly Journal of Speech Feb. 2011: 100-113.
  • Ehrenhaus, P. & A.S. Owen. "Communities of Memory, Entanglements, and Claims of the Past on the Present: Reading Race Trauma through The Green Mile." Critical Studies in Media Communication June 2010: 131-154.
  • Ehrenhaus, P. & A.S. Owen. "Race Violence and Christian Evangelicalism: Performances of Faith." Text and Performance Quarterly Vol. 24, 2004: 276-301.
  • Ehrenhaus, P. & A.S. Owen. "Why We Fought: Holocaust Memory in Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan”." Critical Studies in Media Communication Vol. 18, 2001: 321-337.


  • Pacific Lutheran University Regency Advancement Award - 2004-2005
  • Pacific Lutheran University Regency Advancement Award - 2001-2002
  • John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Portland State University (determined by students) - 1997-98
  • Portland State University Faculty Development Grant - 1992


Peter Ehrenhaus (Ph.D., U of Minnesota) is Professor of Communication. Prior to joining the faculty at PLU in 1998, he taught and conducted research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rutgers University (NJ), and Portland State University.  Among the courses that Peter teaches are Gender & Communication, Intercultural Communication, Media & Cultural Criticism, Persuasion, and Visual Culture. Central to all of these courses is a concern with the rhetorical construction of the “politics of everyday life” through mass mediated forms and forums, and through non-mediated human communicative interaction. Peter’s research interests concern the rhetorical construction of public memory and national identity, particularly regarding America’s Vietnam experience and the nation’s history of white-on-black race violence.


  • Gardening
  • Watching old movies
  • Sea kayaking

Fun Facts

  • Likes to discover great wines at “undiscovered” prices