Dr. Ann Shapiro

Areas of Expertise:

  • Jewish American Literature
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing in the Disciplines

Distinguished Teaching Professor Ann Shapiro, PhD, is nationally recognized for her work in Jewish American literature and women's studies. In addition, she initiated and directs the Writing in the Disciplines Program at Farmingdale State. Dr. Shapiro holds BA cum laude from Radcliffe College, an MAT from Harvard and a PhD from New York University.

Her books include Unlikely Heroines: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Woman Question and Jewish-American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical and Critical Sourcebook, which received the Judaica Reference Book Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. In addition she has contributed scholarly articles to several journals including Shofar, Melus, Signs, and Studies in American Jewish Literature as well as articles of general interest to Moment and Harvard Magazine. She has also contributed book chapters to Yards and Gates: Gender in Harvard and Radcliffe History and Women in Literature: Reading through the Lens of Gender Bias; and with Joy Boyum she wrote the introduction to a New American Library edition of Sarah Orne Jewett's A Country Doctor. A contributor to several encyclopedias, she served as advisory editor for Jewish-American literature for the recently published five-volume Encyclopedia of Multi-Ethnic Literature.

She has delivered over 30 scholarly presentations at a variety of academic conferences both national and international. Currently she is a member of the Executive Committee for Jewish-American Literature at the Modern Language Association (MLA), and she is a founding member of the Committee for Equality of Women at Harvard.

As founding director of Farmingdale State's former Writing in the Disciplines program, Dr. Shapiro, with the assistance of the Writing Committee, developed Farmingdale's writing-intensive course program and has provided for faculty development through annual workshops, monthly forums, and occasional lectures.

Awards, in addition to those mentioned above, include a grant from UUP for Farmingdale State's Writing Across the Curriculum program, two NEH grants for summer study, and a fellowship to attend a Salzburg Seminar on Gender and the Humanities.

Since Dr. Shapiro became a full-time member of the Farmingdale State faculty in 1974, she has focused her teaching in two areas: women's studies and writing to learn. Because she grew up at a time when discrimination against women was the norm, Dr. Shapiro has always wanted to make students in her women's studies classes aware of women's historical oppression and the hard won gains that a new generation must protect. She also is committed to the idea that students must be taught to think critically about the information they acquire and that they must, therefore, be encouraged to write as much as possible in all their classes.


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