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John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines
101 McGraw Hall • Cornell University • Ithaca, NY 14853 • 607-255-4061


Elliot Shapiro

Elliot Shapiro co-directs the Writing in the Majors program and coordinates the training program for Graduate Instructors of First Year Writing Seminars. He also directs the Faculty Seminar in Writing Instruction. His undergraduate courses include Introduction to Writing in the University and Urban Visions, a section of Expository Writing cross-listed in English and Jewish Studies. His graduate courses include Writing 7100: Teaching Writing; and Writing 7101: Writing in the Majors Seminar.

Scholarly publications include “Survival and Failure, Adaptation and Acceptance” in ADE Bulletin, 2008; and “Authentic Watermelon: Maxine Hong Kingston's American Novel” in MELUS, 2001. His essays on Modern Times, His Girl Friday, Singin’ in the Rain, and Chinatown were included in 50 Key U.S. Films (Eds. Haenni and White 2009).

Conference presentations include papers at the Modern Language Association, the Association for Jewish Studies, the SUNY Conference on Writing, the Ivy Writing Consortium, and the American Women Writers of Color Conference.

Works in progress include An American Daddy in Cairo, a memoir, and a project about Jews on Film in Classical Hollywood.

He came to Cornell in 1997 after completing his PhD at the University of Rochester. He graduated from Vassar College. He has taught at Middlebury College, the University of Rochester, the Eastman School of Music, and the Northfield Mt. Hermon School.