Stefanie Orphal studied German Literature, Media Studies and Economics in Potsdam and Paris. From 2009 to 2012, she was a graduate student at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. She completed her PhD in 2012 with a dissertation on poetryfilms, a genre of short films based on poetry, which was published in 2013. From 2013 to 2016, Orphal worked at the Halle Institute for Economic Studies (IWH) as a public relations officer. She has been Communications Director at ZOiS since February 2017.