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I am an Assistant Professor of English and Digital Humanities at the Rochester Institute of Technology. My work sits at the intersection of gender studies, history of science, and book history, with a particular focus on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetics and women’s writing.

I earned my PhD at Indiana University Bloomington, after receiving my MA at The University of Chicago and BA at SUNY University at Albany. 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. I will be on research leave from June 2022 to May 2023 completing the book with support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

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.