Alexander Levitsky is a native of Prague, Czech Republic. In 1964 he became a political refugee (by crossing two international borders literally on foot) and lived ever since in the west (first in France and then in the USA). All his undergraduate and graduate education was done in the US (at the University of Minnesota and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, respectively). A specialist in eighteenth- century and modern Russian literature, Levitsky holds a Ph. D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). Before coming to Brown in 1975, he has held teaching positions at the University of Michigan and Middlebury College. Since his coming to Brown over 40 years ago he has also held semester-long teaching engagements by invitation from Charles University, Prague, Hieronimus Pragensis College, Czech Republic, and Harvard University. Currently, Alexander Levitsky is a Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Brown University and-prior to 2004-has served as Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages for seven years and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Slavic Languages at Brown for over twenty five years.