Emily J. Orlando is Professor of English and the E. Gerald Corrigan Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Fairfield University.  She is an internationally recognized scholar on the American writer Edith Wharton (1862-1937).  Dr. Orlando is the author of the award-winning book Edith Wharton and the Visual Arts.  She is also co-editor, with Meredith Goldsmith, of Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism.  Dr. Orlando has published widely on 19th- and 20th-century literature and culture in a number of peer-reviewed journals and books.  Orlando is a recent President of the Edith Wharton Society and a member of the Editorial Board of the Edith Wharton Review.

Dr. Orlando is currently editing The Bloomsbury Handbook to Edith Wharton, which will feature many of the top scholars in her field from around the globe.

Since joining the Fairfield University faculty in 2007, Dr. Orlando has taught a full course load in 19th– and 20th– century literature and especially women writers.  Orlando served from Fall 2013 through Spring 2017 as Director or Co-Director of the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program.  Since 2018 Orlando has served the English Department as the Internship Coordinator. 

Dr. Orlando was recently recognized by two awards for her teaching and mentoring.  In April 2019 she was honored to receive the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Advising and Mentoring.  In 2019 students in the Honors Program voted her “Best Professor” for her Honors Seminar in Victorian literature and culture.  In March 2020 English major Andrew Murphy profiled her for the Fairfield Mirror:  http://fairfieldmirror.com/news/faculty-spotlight-dr-emily-orlando-ph-d/.  (The uncaptioned photo captures Orlando at Edith Wharton’s grave at Versailles, France.)

Dr. Orlando earned her B.A. at Saint Anselm College and her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. From 2002 to 2007 she taught as an Assistant Professor of English at Tennessee State University.

Orlando has given talks at peer-reviewed conferences and various venues around the world on Wharton, Nella Larsen, Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, Elizabeth Siddall, and the Pre-Raphaelites.  She spoke at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s historic home, on Wharton’s birthday in 2014 and served as a curator for the installation on Edith Wharton at Chicago’s American Writers Museum.  A recent talk at NYU on Edith Wharton’s engagement with Italian art is available here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekIsl4HnHuw

She lives in Connecticut with her husband and their beagles.