Dr. Sharon L. Decker

Chair for English and Foreign Languages
Phone:  ext. 2498
Email:  DeckerS@centenarycollege.edu

Academic Accomplishments

  • PhD, English, Fordham University 2002
  • MA, English, Fordham University 1994
  • BA, English/Communications, University of Scranton, 1992


Sharon Decker is the Eighteenth Century Specialist at Centenary College, where she also teaches many of the generalist courses including Women’s Writing, British literature surveys, and Literary Theory.  Her latest coursework includes “Late Eighteenth Century Women Novelists in their Quest for the Mother” and “Gothic Literature:  Horace Walpole to Poppy Z Brite.”   In addition to teaching, she is the faculty advisor to Prism, the school literary magazine.


Sharon’s current research interests are the development of the family through the eighteenth century, motherhood and maternity, female education, monsters, and identity theory.   She has written about Elizabeth Inchbald’s plays and novels, the gothic elements in Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and some of Linda Pastan’s poetry.  She is currently working on Clara Reeve’s gothic novels and continues to work on Inchbald and Pastan.            

Dr. Sharon L. Decker