David Danaher, Professor of German, Nordic, and Slavic Studies, holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Brown University. His diverse research interests include Václav Havel, the culture of dissent in East Central Europe, Leo Tolstoy, ethnolinguistics, and cognitive linguistics. He teaches courses in Czech, Central East European literature and culture, Leo Tolstoy, and the structure of contemporary Russian. Among other publications, he is the author of Reading Václav Havel. In 2004, he was a recipient of the UW-Madison Kiekhofer Distinguished Teaching Award.