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, tells an alternative history of women’s scientific work. Instead of looking for exceptional examples of female scientists throughout history, I turn to female poets who were engaging with the methods of new anatomical science in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. The book poses two central questions: what can poetry teach us about scientific inquiry? and what might early scientific methods—particularly anatomy’s emphasis on hands-on bodywork—reveal about 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.