Andrew Wachtel is Dean of the Graduate School at Northwestern University. He is also the Director of Northwestern's Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) and holds the Bertha and Max Dressler Chair in the Humanities. Mr. Wachtel, who received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987, is the author of ten books and many articles on Russian and South Slavic literature, culture, and society. His History of the Balkans (Oxford University Press) will appear in 2007. In addition to his academic work, Mr. Wachtel is active as an editor and translator of contemporary Russian, Slovenian, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian poetry and prose. Mr. Wachtel is editor of Northwestern University Press's acclaimed series, "Writings from an Unbound Europe," a collection of contemporary poetry and prose from Central and Eastern Europe. In May 2003, Mr. Wachtel was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a frequent commentator on Balkan politics for a variety of newspapers and web publications.
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