Sarah Wilma Watson is an independent scholar and communications professional based in Philadelphia, PA.
Originally from Rochester, NY, Sarah graduated with a BA in English and History from the University of Rochester in 2010 and went on to complete an MA in Medieval Studies at Fordham University in 2012 and a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Haverford College from 2018-2022 and recently started a new position as an Internal Communications and Engagement Specialist.
While at Haverford, Sarah taught courses on Chaucer, Shakespeare, Women Writers, and Writing, helped students to build persuasive arguments and successful presentations, and piloted a new career exploration program, “Careers in English,” designed to connect current Haverford students with alumni.
In her new role, Sarah helps colleagues to connect the dots between their own work and impact and the work and purpose of their team and organization. She is currently working with leaders to design and implement an engagement strategy which will increase connectivity and collaboration and support the growth and development of colleagues.
Sarah has published essays on Christine de Pizan, women book owners, and primary source pedagogy. An article of the Reception of Christine de Pizan in Fifteenth-Century England is forthcoming in Medium Aevum and she continues to work on Books of Duchesses, a digital project created in collaboration with Dr. S.C. Kaplan and with the support of the Haverford Digital Scholarship team.