Michal Oklot holds his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Northwestern University. His research interests are in Russian and Polish modernism, and he has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, with contributions on Gogol, Chekhov, Rozanov, Shestov, Schulz, and Gombrowicz. His current work specificies a tradition of Russian literature and speculative thought which offers alternative conceptions of materialism and matter. His book, Phantasms of Matter in Gogol (and Gombrowicz) , was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2009. Prior to coming to Brown he taught at University of Wisconsin-Madison (Slavic), the American University in Cairo (Comparative and English Literature), and the University of Warsaw (Sociology).