Dr. Mary Shapiro
English and Linguistics Department Chair; Professor of Linguistics
Somewhat irregular during the summer, but generally much MORE available! Email for an appointment!
AB, University of Michigan; MA, PhD, University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Shapiro has been teaching at Truman since 1997. She specializes in sociolinguistics, semantics/pragmatics, and linguistic criticism of literature. Her 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), she is also the coordinator of the Peace Corps Prep program on campus, helping to prepare students for international service.
Her courses for 2021-2022 include a section of our first-year seminar centered around storytelling (TRU110), Semantics & Pragmatics (LING 433), and single-credit, single-text courses on Slaughterhouse-Five, and Moll Flanders.