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emily sferra


2015, MA English, Ohio University

2013, BA English and Religion, Denison University


Emily Sferra’s research considers depictions of adolescent women who fail to follow the expected trajectory of domestication and their relationships with other young women. Her work has appeared in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing and is forthcoming in The Victorians Institute Journal.  She is a doctoral student and teaching fellow, and she is also completing a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies.


  • Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia (BSUVA) Scholarship, Rare Book School (awarded January 2020)
  • Arts Everywhere Fellow for PlayMakers Repertory Company, UNC (awarded Fall 2020)
  • Humanities for the Public Good Fellowship for PlayMakers Repertory Company, UNC (awarded Fall 2019)
  • Humanities Professional Pathway Award, UNC (awarded Summer 2018)
  • Outstanding Master’s Essay Award, Ohio University (awarded Spring 2016)
  • Distinguished Leader Award, Denison University (awarded Spring 2013)
  • A. Blair Knapp Award for Dedication to the Liberal Arts, Denison University (awarded Spring 2013)
  • Vinton R. Shepard Memorial Scholarship, Denison University (awarded Fall 2012)
  • Mary Carr Endowed Scholarship, Denison University (2009-2013)