Kristen Starkowski

B.A., Colby College, 2014

Kristen Starkowski joined Princeton’s English department in the fall of 2014, after earning her Bachelor’s degree from Colby College. In 2013, she was awarded a nationally-competitive Beinecke Scholarship for Graduate Study. Her research interests include Victorian literature, minor characters, disability studies, penny dreadful novels, and the ethics of care. She is a contributor and researcher for Nineteenth-Century Disability, a peer-reviewed digital reader and collection of primary texts on physical and cognitive disability in both England and the United States throughout the long nineteenth century. Kristen is currently at work on a project that reframes the role of the minor character in 19th century novels.

Selected Publications: 


"Moving Toward a Disability-Centric Model of Body Politics in Borderlands Theory and Fiction." Latino Studies 15.4 (2017): 498-515.

"Curious Prescriptions: Selfish Care in Victorian Fictions of Disability." Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 11.4 (2017): 461-476.