Sharon brings a background in teaching, publishing, and reading promotion to her work at the Center. She has taught in the English departments of Indiana University, Bloomington, the University of Kent at Canterbury, UMass Lowell, and Wheaton College (MA). She also has worked in a literary agency and a publishing house in New York City, directed a writer's conference, co-directed a summer writing program, and coordinated a community reading series.
She has served on the board of the Edith Wharton Society (EWS), for which she organized two conferences, and founded the liaison between the American Literature Association (ALA) and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP). She continues as a member of EWS, ALA, and SHARP as well as of the Ticknor and Centaur Societies, the American Library Association, and the Massachusetts Library Association.
Sharon holds degrees from Rutgers and Indiana universities, and her continuing research interest is in late-19th and early-20th century women's publishing history, with an abiding concern for the works (and the literary work) of Edith Wharton. She lives in Arlington with her husband, Richard Mikita, and their two children.