As a student, Emily Orlando was riveted by every detail of 19th-century literature and the sonnets of Sir Philip Sidney.
That fascination led her to a career teaching literature and writing about the authors she admires. Orlando followed her Saint Anselm graduation in 1991 with post-baccalaureate study of French and American literature at Harvard University. She earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Maryland and taught at several institutions, including Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and Tennessee State University.
She is now an associate professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut. An expert on the life and work of American writer Edith Wharton, she is the author of an award-winning book titled Edith Wharton and the Visual Arts and has published widely on the subjects of literature and culture. She received the Academic Achievement Award from the Saint Anselm College Alumni Association in 2010.