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Faculty and Staff

Schiffer, James

B.A., University of Pennsylvania
M.A. & Ph.D., University of Chicago


Department: English
Office: JFT 908
Phone: (845) 257-3676

Office Hours

MR03:30 PM - 05:30 PM

& By Appt

Career History

James Schiffer served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York at New Paltz from 2008 to 2013. Prior to coming to New Paltz in 2008, he was Head of the English Department at Northern Michigan University (2000-2008); from 1985-2000, he taught in the English Department at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where he was Elliott Professor of English.

Teaching Interests

Shakespeare, English Renaissance Drama, English Literature

Research/Creative Activity

In addition to publishing essays on various poems and plays by Shakespeare, he has edited collections of essays on Shakespeare's Sonnets (1999) and Twelfth Night (2011), both with Routledge. He is currently editor of the New Variorum Edition of Twelfth Night. Schiffer has also written a monograph on contemporary author Richard Stern (Twayne/Macmillan, 1993) and co-authored the academic mystery novel "Foul Deeds" (St. Martins, 1989). In 1999, he directed a student/faculty performance of selected Sonnets by Shakespeare, "Sonnet Variations," at Hampden-Sydney College and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland; in 2000 he directed his actors in a film version of the show which is now distributed by Films for the Humanities and Sciences.