Dr. Mary Shapiro
Professor of Linguistics
Tuesday-through-Thursday: 8:30-10:20am, and by appointment
AB, University of Michigan; MA, PhD, University of Texas at Austin.
I've been teaching at Truman since 1997. My scholarly interests center around sociolinguistics, semantics/pragmatics, and linguistic criticism of literature. My book, Wallace's Dialects, on the author David Foster Wallace, is now available from Bloomsbury Academic Press.
A returned Peace Corps volunteer (Morocco 1986-1988), I'm also the coordinator of the Peace Corps Prep program on campus, helping to prepare students for international service.
This Spring (2022), I'm teaching the Linguistics Senior Capstone Seminar, LING 414 "Language and the Mind," and a course on Wallace's Infinite Jest.