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Emily Shortslef (G'08)

Emily Shortslef (G'08)


Assistant Professor of English




Emily Shortslef graduated from the English MA program in 2008 and went on to complete a PhD in English at Columbia University. She is now Assistant Professor of English at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Currently, Emily is working on a book project, tentatively titled Shakespeare and the Drama of Complaint, that explores the connections between scenes of lamentation, accusation, and supplication in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, early modern discourses of and about “complaint,” and theories of tragedy. She is a member of the SAA and the RSA.

How has your experience as an MA student at Syracuse helped you succeed?
I began graduate school with a very strong desire to get my MA and PhD, become a professor, and write books — and very little knowledge about what academia was like or how to survive, let alone succeed, in it. I simply can’t overstate how intellectually and professionally formative my time at Syracuse was for me, largely due to the faculty members who mentored me, trained me to do scholarship, and provided me with opportunities for networking and professional development.

Emily lives in Lexington, KY, with her fiance and their two cats. She enjoys good food and bad television, preferably at the same time.