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Brett Shanley

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

English and Modern Language Studies

Office Hours
New York City

Tue, Thu (by appointment)


I work to be the best professor I can be through continual research rooted in student-centered pedagogy.


PhD , Columbia University , New York, NY , 2019
English Education

MFA , The New School , New York, NY , 2011
Creative Nonfiction Writing

BA , University of Oregon , Eugene, OR , 2006

, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg , Heidelberg, Germany , 2005


Shanley, B. (2017). First Year Writing Conference. “Confronting Bullshiticus: The Application of Sincerity in Undergraduate Writing". University of Connecticut , University of Connecticut (Stores, CT)

Shanley, B. (2017). Graduate English Organization Conference. “Critical Lenses, Empowered Labor". University of Maryland , University of Maryland (College Park, MD)

Shanley, B. (2016). New Jersey College English Association Conference. “Creative Nonfiction as Means of Situating the Self in Academic Writing". New Jersey College English Association (NJCEA) , Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)

Shanley, B. (2015). Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. "Reimagining Freshman Composition through Sincerity". Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), Portland, OR

Shanley, B. (2014). Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. “The Composition Classroom: Integrating and Evaluating the Creative”. Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) , Harrisburg, PA


Composition Theory, Critical Media Literacy, Symbolism/Semiotics, Rhetoric, Imagined Communities, Sincerity


  • Dictionary Society of North America , January 1 , 2016
  • Semiotic Society of America , January 1 , 2016
  • American Educational Research Association , January 1 , 2015
  • College Composition and Communication , January 1 , 2015
  • National Council of Teachers of English , January 1 , 2015
  • Modern Language Association , January 1 , 2013
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs , January 1 , 2010
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