I am an Assistant Professor of English and Digital Humanities at the Rochester Institute of Technology. My work sits at the intersection of gender, history of science, and book history, with a particular focus on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century poetics and women’s writing.
I earned my PhD at Indiana University Bloomington, after receiving my BA at SUNY University at Albany and MA at The University of Chicago. I spent two years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas before joining the RIT faculty in 2019.
My current book project, Tangible Forms: Poetry, Science, and Early Modern Women’s Knowledge Making, traces the collision of women’s poetic practice and emerging scientific methods in seventeenth-century England. Like much of my work, the book intervenes in contemporary debates about the continued gender gap in STEM fields.
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.