Elizabeth Alsop

Academic Director, Communication and Media, Liberal Studies

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101 West 31st Street, Office 708

New York, NY 10001

Phone: (212) 652-2002

Elizabeth Alsop, Ph.D., is assistant professor and academic director of the communication and media and liberal studies programs. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a certificate in Film Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center, and has over ten years of experience teaching film and literature at institutions including Queens College and Hunter College, CUNY, and Western Kentucky University. More recently, she served as the assistant director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the Graduate Center, and helped lead the CUNY Humanities Alliance, a Mellon-funded grant designed to improve access to and equity within the humanities.

Her primary research interests include 20th-century American and British literature, narrative theory, and film and television studies. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Journal of Film and Video, The Velvet Light Trap, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Adaptation, College Literature, and Narrative; her current book, forthcoming from The Ohio State University Press, examines the role of character dialogue in the Anglo-American modernist novel. In addition to her scholarly work, she has also written about books, TV, and popular culture for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Salon, The LA Review of Books, The TLS, and Bookforum.  

Recent News

CUNY SPS Faculty Contributes Chapter to Book Anthology

May 04, 2021

Wayne State University Press

Elizabeth Alsop, academic director of the CUNY SPS Communication and Media and Liberal Studies programs, has contributed a chapter to the book anthology After "Happily Ever After": Romantic Comedy in the Post-Romantic Age, edited by Maria San Filippo. The book, which will be released by Wayne State University Press on May 18, looks at the reinvention of the romantic comedy in recent years. Alsop's chapter focuses specifically on the way TV shows like Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend use their serial format to radically transform the genre.

The Television Will Not Be Summarized

January 22, 2021

[in]Transition

Dr. Elizabeth Alsop, academic director of communication and media and liberal studies at CUNY SPS, has published the video essay "The Television Will Not Be Summarized" in the latest issue of [in]Transition, a peer-reviewed journal of videographic criticism. Her video explores "excessive" style in contemporary TV, in shows including Twin Peaks: The Return, The Leftovers, The Knick, Hannibal, and Enlightened.

All Together Now

August 20, 2020

Film Quarterly

Elizabeth Alsop, assistant professor and academic director of communication and media and liberal studies at CUNY SPS, explores the representations of solidarity in recent television programming in an essay published in Film Quarterly.

Let College Kids Resolve Problems Themselves?

February 14, 2020

NY Times

Dr. Elizabeth Alsop, the academic director of the communication and liberal arts studies programs at CUNY SPS, offers her thoughts on a New York Times Opinion piece discussing whether parents should intervene in the lives of their college-age children.