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