Faculty & Staff

Dr. Mary Shapiro
Professor of Linguistics

Somewhat irregular during the summer, but generally much MORE available! Email for an appointment!

Personal Pronouns: she/her

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 Fall (2021), I'm teaching a section of our first-year Self & Society seminar centered around storytelling (TRU110), Semantics & Pragmatics (LING 433), and single-credit "deep dive" courses on Slaughterhouse-Five, and Moll Flanders.