Eileen grew up in upstate New York, just outside of Binghamton. She completed her undergraduate studies at New York University, where she majored in English and Linguistics. It was at NYU where she first discovered her desire to pursue English as a career. During a seminar class on Milton, Eileen’s teacher had her and fellow classmates read Paradise Lost very slowly, to explore it more deeply and work towards understanding the meaning of it. She credits this moment as her inspiration to study the poetry of the English Renaissance.
After completing her Master’s in English at Binghamton University, Eileen earned her Ph.D in English with a Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies from Stony Brook University. Eileen has several research focuses on how we experience the body in literature, and specifically bodily decay in Renaissance poetry.
Her role here at Saint Rose is the 2017-2018 Visiting Assistant Professor of English. She is currently teaching Expository Writing classes, as well as a class on the senses in early English poetry. She’ll be teaching Expository Writing again in the Spring, along with a class on Later Shakespeare. She is really enjoying the small school atmosphere and the close relationships she’s forming with students and colleagues. She enjoys helping freshman with the transition from high school to college and loves watching her students learn and grow.
Eileen recently published an article in the Spring 2017 issue of Shakespeare Bulletin titled, “Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing and the Voyeuristic Audience.” Her current book project is on decay in Early Modern verse, and part of it, an article on decay and intimacy in John Donne’s poetry, is currently under review at an academic journal. Eileen also has an essay on Macbeth and Queen Elizabeth’s legacy that is due to appear this Spring in the edited collection, Cultural Representations of Breastfeeding, from Demeter Press.
Some fun facts about Eileen:
When asked to describe herself in three words Dr. Sperry said, “easy- going, focused, and fun.” In her spare time, Eileen really enjoys spending time outdoors—hiking, camping, and volunteering annually at Sky Lake Camp and Retreat Center in Windsor, NY. She also enjoys cooking and traveling.
Welcome to Saint Rose, Eileen!