Associate Professor / Graduate Faculty
Ph.D. 2012, Stanford University
Office: Leasure Hall, 009A
Phone: (785) 532-2269
Steffi specializes in early American and Native American studies and teaches courses in American literature and culture with a focus on the multicultural and multilingual reality of the colonial world. She is working on her first book, called Plain as in Primitive: The Figure of the Native in Colonial America, which offers a prehistory of the Noble Savage model and traces problems of literacy, orality, and corporality in the colonial contact zone.
Steffi has received fellowships from the Huntington Library, the British Library, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Houghton Library and was awarded the Alden Prize for most distinguished dissertation in the English Department at Stanford University.