Ewa Thompson is Research Professor of Slavic Studies and former chairperson of the Department of German and Slavic Studies at Rice University (See profile). Before she came to Rice, she taught at Indiana, Vanderbilt, and the University of Virginia, and has lectured at Princeton, Witwatersrand (South Africa), Toronto (Canada), and Bremen (Germany) She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Warsaw and her doctorate from Vanderbilt University. She is the author of five books, about fifty scholarly articles, and hundreds of other articles and reviews. Her books have been translated into Polish, Ukrainian, Belarussian, and Chinese. She has published scholarly articles in Slavic Review, Slavic and East European Journal, Modern Age, and other periodicals and has done consulting work for the National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Education, and other institutions and foundations. She is Editor of Sarmatian Review, an academic quarterly on non-Germanic Central Europe. Her area of specialization is Central and Eastern Europe.