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2016, MA English, University of Virginia

2013, BA English, University of California Berkeley


Stephanie Kinzinger is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English and the Game Studies Initiative Project Manager in the Digital Literacy and Communications (DLC) Lab Gaming Initiative. She focuses on American literature, science, technology, and critical game studies. Broadly conceived, her research examines how scientific and technological advancements during the nineteenth century engendered significant shifts in interpreting reality and consequently in writing fiction. Her dissertation uses literary theory and critical game studies to explore how the formal and political possibilities of video games are anticipated—and sometimes preemptively challenged—by American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century.


“Embodied Cognition in Edgar Allan Poe: Eureka’s Cosmology, Dupin’s Intuition.” Nineteenth-Century Literature. (Forthcoming 2022)

Teaching Awards

  • 2022 Professional Development Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • 2023 Thompson-Lumiansky Departmental Dissertation Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2022 Humanities Initiative Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities