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Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Gerhard Casper Fellow - Class of Spring 2024

James Shapiro is Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He earned his BA and MA from Columbia, and PhD from the University of Chicago. Shapiro is the author of Shakespeare in a Divided America (Penguin, 2020); 1606: The Year of Lear (Faber, 2015); Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (Simon & Schuster, 2010); 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (Faber, 2005); Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World’s Most Famous Passion Play (Pantheon, 2000); Shakespeare and the Jews (Columbia, 1996); and Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Jonson, Shakespeare (Columbia, 1991). Shapiro has also edited the Library of America anthology Shakespeare in America (2014) and co-authored and appeared in the BBC docuseries The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History (2012). His writing has also been published in the New York Times Book Review, London Review of Books, The Guardian, and New York Review of Books, among others. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Guggenheim Foundation, and Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, among others. An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he serves on the board of the Authors Guild and as Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at New York’s Public Theater.

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