Mary A. Nicholas is professor of Russian in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. A graduate of the University of Wyoming and the University of Illinois, she received her doctorate in Russian literature from the University of Pennsylvania. An award-winning teacher, Nicholas has published extensively on Soviet and post-Soviet prose, poetry, and the visual arts. She is the author of Writers at Work: Russian Production Novels and the Construction of Soviet Culture, a study of the creation of the “new Soviet man” in the Soviet industrial novel from the 1920s and 1930s, and the forthcoming Moscow Conceptualism: Words and Deeds of a Radical Art Movement, 1975-85. She is currently studying collaborative practices in late-Soviet and post-Soviet protest art.