I am an Assistant Professor of English and Digital Humanities at the Rochester Institute of Technology. My work focuses on the intersections of early modern literature and science, gender histories and early women’s writing, and digital and experimental approaches to humanities questions.
I earned my PhD at Indiana University Bloomington, after receiving my Bachelor’s at SUNY University at Albany and my Master’s at The University of Chicago. I spent two years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hall Center for the Humanities before joining the RIT faculty in 2019.
My current book project, Touching Science, traces an alternative history of women’s engagement with science. In our usual approach to this history, we look for singular examples of women directly participating in professional scientific work or publically engaging with scientific discourse. I instead turn to women writers who were experimenting with new ways to make poetry in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, at the height of new innovations in anatomical science. The book poses two central questions: what can poetry teach us about scientific inquiry? and how might early scientific methods—particularly anatomy’s emphasis on hands-on bodywork—inform these women’s innovative poetic experiments?
You can find my updated CV here. Please feel free to write to me at wssgla [at] rit [dot] edu or on Twitter [at] wsperrazza.