Steiner is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department. She studied at the University of Cape Town where she obtained her PhD. She teaches African literature, translation studies, postcolonial studies and narratives of migration. She has published articles and chapters on Leila Aboulela, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Jamal Mahjoub, Sophia Mustafa, Ishtiyaq Shukri and MG Vassanji. Her monograph Translated People, Translated Texts: Language and Migration in Contemporary African Fiction appeared in 2009.