Steele is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at UC Davis. They have presented their scholarship critically exploring gender, race, political economy, games, code, and data at numerous academic gatherings and events including invited presentations at Lewis & Clark College, UC Berkeley, and the European University at St. Petersburg. She is a Project Director at the UC Davis ModLab, and their research explores the use of gamemaking in interdisciplinary curriculum that blends STEM, the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Their work has been cited in Mark Marino’s book, Critical Code Studies (The MIT Press, 2020) and Rob Wittig’s book, Networked Improvised Literature for the Classroom and Beyond (Amherst College Press, 2021). She is a 2021-23 HASTAC Scholars Fellow, a 2020 Mellon Public Scholar, and she been an Advanced Research Affiliate of the HaCCS (Humanities and Critical Code Studies) Working Group since 2016. They have been an analog games scholar since 2014, and their paper The Reality Code: Interpreting Aggregate Larp Rules as Code that Runs on Humans was printed by the International Journal of Roleplaying (IJRP) in 2016.
During her MFA, she served as a graduate assistant with the Portland Center for Public Humanities, where she co-organized the inaugural humanities sustainability conference, Understanding Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities. Presently, they are working with members of their dissertation committee towards the launch of a new interdisciplinary field called Consent Studies. A full list of their presentations, papers, and academic service may be found on their CV.