Education: B.A., Konstanz University (1992)
Ph.D., Harvard University (1998)
Interests: Modernism; drama; literary theory; world literature.
The Language of Thieves: My Family's Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried to Eliminate (2020, W. W. Norton & Company); The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization (2017, Random House); Gen. ed., The Norton Anthology of World Literature (2012); The Drama of Ideas (2010); co-ed., The Norton Anthology of Drama (2009); ed., Modern Drama: Critical Concepts (2008); Poetry of the Revolution (2006); co-ed., Against Theatre (2006); ed., Six Plays by Henrik Ibsen (2003); Stage Fright (2002).