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Elliot Shapiro

Senior Lecturer, Director, Writing in the Majors


Elliot Shapiro is the Knight Foundation Director of the Writing in the Majors program. He also directs the University Courses Initiative and the Faculty Seminar in Writing Instruction. Undergraduate courses include Introduction to Writing in the University and Visions of the City a section of Expository Writing. Graduate courses include Writing 7100: Teaching Writing; and Writing 7101: Writing in the Majors Seminar.

Scholarly publications include: “Towards an Integrated Graduate Student (Training Program)” in Across the Disciplines (2015); “’Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goodbye)’: 
Disposable Women in the Films of Woody Allen,” in Woody on Rye: Jewishness in the Films and Plays of Woody Allen, Eds. Brook and Grinberg (2014); “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 The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films, Eds. Barrow, Haenni, and White (2015).

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.


  • Jewish Studies Program
  • John S. Knight Institute