E Mariah Spencer
Research InterestsEarly Modern Literature, Women Writers, Gender Studies, Margaret Cavendish, Book History, Genre Theory, and the Long History of Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction
E Mariah Spencer is an interdisciplinary scholar and doctoral candidate in English at The University of Iowa, with degrees from Drake University and New York University. Her research interests include the history of early modern educational reform, literatures of the fantastic, inclusive pedagogy, book history and material studies, female authorship, and the historical exclusion of women writers from the literary canon and classroom. On 13 December 2021, E successfully defended her dissertation, “Lady of Contemplation: On the Education and Copia of Margaret Cavendish.” This project places Cavendish in conversation with humanists like Desiderius Erasmus, Sir Thomas More, and Roger Ascham as well as later educational reformers such as Francis Bacon, John Amos Comenius, Samuel Hartlib, and John Milton. E’s work aims to make Cavendish and her female contemporaries more accessible to non-specialists. She has recent and forthcoming publications in the History of Education Quarterly, Routledge Companion to Gender and Science Fiction, Science Fiction Studies, Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Writing, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and New College Notes. E also brings her interdisciplinary training and more than a decade of secondary and post-secondary teaching experience to the webinar series, The Online Olios, which she co-founded to further support the teaching and research of early modern women.