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Katherine Thorsteinson

Katherine Thorsteinson

Educational Background

Cornell University, MA
University of Manitoba, MA
University of Toronto, BA



Katherine Thorsteinson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Cornell University where she is writing her dissertation “Narratives of Disposability: agency, ontology, ethics.” She completed her BA (Hons) in English and philosophy at the University of Toronto, followed by an MA in English at the University of Manitoba where she defended her thesis "National Roots and Diasporic Routes: Tracing the Flying African Myth in Canada." She has published in the journals Writing From Below, Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, and Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, with a forthcoming chapter in Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on the Environment. She is currently a Public Humanities Fellow with Humanities New York (HNY), and principle investigator of the 19th Century Prison Reform archive through Cornell's Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences (DCAPS). 


  • English


  • Critical Race Theory
  • Ecocriticism
  • Narrative Theory
  • Contemporary Literature
  • American Studies