Kirsch-McDonald’s research concerns analog and digital machines, intermedia and transcendent media, and the history of video art. While working on her PhD in Art History at Stony Brook University, she has received a DAAD grant to study computer prototypes at the Ulm School of Design. In 2016, she co-organized a panel on International Cybernetics for SECAC. In 2017, she will present a paper on Les Levine at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference; additionally, she will attend the Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies at Bauhaus University’s International Research Institute for Cultural Techniques and Media Philosophy (IKKM) in Weimar, Germany. Kirsch-McDonald holds an MA in Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BA degrees from the University of Texas in Art History and English.