Claire Whitenack

Claire Whitenack
Clinical Assistant Professor, Writing Program

Claire Whitenack is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Writing Program at NYU Shanghai. A recent PhD graduate from Cornell University, Whitenack has served as an instructor for numerous courses including: Elements of Academic Writing, Writing Across Cultures, and Foundations of Academic Writing. While at Cornell, she was the recipient of the Peer Collaboration Award, the Martin Sampson Teaching Award, and the American Academy of Poets Award. 



  • PhD, English
    Cornell University
  • MA, English
    Cornell University
  • MPhil, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic Studies
    Cambridge University
  • MFA, Poetry Writing
    University of Oregon

Research Interests

  • History of Medicine
  • Medieval Literature
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Linguistics in Science Fiction
  • Creative Writing (Poetics)


Courses Taught

  • Perspectives on the Humanities: Medicine and Disease in the Humanities
  • Writing as Inquiry: WII Writing as Inquiry (Writing II)