Dr Carolyn Shapiro
Dr Carolyn Shapiro received her MA and PhD in Performance Studies from New York University (2004), and received a BA in Comparative Literature and History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. She taught in the English department at Baruch College, City University of New York, from 1996-1999, before moving to the UK in 1999. She has been lecturing in critical theory and history and cultural studies at Falmouth since 2002, across disciplines, including: BA(Hons) History of Modern Art and Design; MA 20th Century Art and Design; BA(Hons) Advertising; MA Creative Advertising; BA(Hons) Illustration, MA Authorial Practice; MA Communication Design; MA Graphic Design; BA(Hons) English and Creative Writing; and BA(Hons) Film Studies.
She currently holds the position of Course Coordinator for Critical Studies for BA(Hons) Illustration and is primary tutor for the theories and discourses module for MA Authorial Practice, and has been the primary critical theory tutor on the Visual Culture and Communication module for the MA Creative Advertising for 18 years. She is lead supervisor for Phd candidates Matthew Lunt, Louise Bell, and Jeanie Sinclair at Falmouth University. In October 2013, Carolyn received a substantial research and innovation allocation from the Academy of Innovation and Research at Falmouth University to put on coordinate the international four- day conference, Performing Objects, which took place across multiple venues between Falmouth and Penryn campuses, and included papers, performances, and workshops for both students and the general public. Coordinated with Performing Objects was in conjunction with the art exhibit "Felicitous Objects" at The Poly, Falmouth gallery, which Carolyn co-curated with Maria Christoforidou.
Carolyn’s current teaching embeds students’ critical writing into module delivery and undergraduate student symposiums such as “Disquiet Feminisms” (spring 2019) and “Decolonise Now!” (Spring 2021), for the Falmouth School of Art. Her interest in the growing theoretical area of Illustration Research comprises a guiding force in all of her teaching, including that of post-graduate research. Working with her Falmouth University colleagues and colleagues from the Illustration Research network, Carolyn will be one of the coordinators for the Illustration Research Symposium to be held in July 2022 at Falmouth University, the theme of which will be “Transitus.”
Carolyn's community outreach projects include serving as Education Officer for Kehillat Kernow, the Jewish congregation of Cornwall, working with primary, secondary and HE students on Jewish cultural and religious themes.