I live near Prague, Czech Republic, but I am an American from the Chicago area. As an undergrad I studied to teach secondary school English, although I always wanted to teach at the university level. I earned my MA in English from the University of Illinois U-C and soon after moved to Prague. While here, I worked on my Ph.D., teaching in various international educational institutions. I received my Ph.D. from Charles University in Prague in English and American Literature and since then have been teaching literature and literary theory in private and state universities in the Czech Republic. I also work in study abroad for American students coming to Prague. My main teaching and research interests are in American literature and literary theory, but while in Prague I have developed a passion for Franz Kafka and have taught courses on Kafka for years.