Aneta Stepien is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Trinity College Dublin. She is the author of a book "Shame, Masculinity and Desire of Belonging. Reading Contemporary Male Writers", published in by Peter Lang in 2017. She is a literary scholar with a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Surrey (2014) and holds MA in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw. She has published articles on gender and sexuality, literary representations of masculinity, and Jewish writers in Poland.