dr. Kristine Steenbergh

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I am an Associate Professor of English Literature. My research focuses on early modern literature and culture, the history of emotions, ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. My teaching ranges from Shakespeare to Winterson, from first-year BA to PhD level.

I am a member of De Jonge Akademie (KNAW), The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.   

I co-founded the Environmental Humanities Center at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We aim to foster an exchange between a wide range of disciplines on the environment. We believe the environmental issues of the Anthropocene are complex, and therefore need an approach that accommodates and works with all kinds of different perspectives on this complexity -- from the humanities as well as the natural and social sciences.

I am also one of the directors of the Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotions and Sensory Studies. Founded by cultural historians who analyze the cultural history of emotions, this center seeks to engage in cross-disciplinary explorations of the role of culture in the arousal, experience, and expression of emotions.

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  • Editor of Cultural History (Edinburgh UP), the journal of the International Society for Cultural History
  • Founding member of the board of the Environmental Humanities Center, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Co-director of ACCESS, the Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotions and Sensory Studies
  • Board member of the Dutch Research School for Literary Studies (OSL)
  • Member of De Jonge Akademie (The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)



  • PE English
  • history of emotions
  • environmental humanities
  • early modern literature
  • ecocriticism
  • English literature
  • gender theory


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