D. Brian Kim holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University, where he also received an M.A. in Japanese; he completed his B.A. in linguistics at Williams College. He is a specialist in Russian literature of the long nineteenth century, translation studies, and literary and cultural relationships between Russia, Western Europe, and East Asia. In his current book project, Kim examines how an active and critical engagement with foreign languages and cultures served the last prerevolutionary generation of Russian writers as a basis for the development of new forms of self-expression in dialogue with concerns of aesthetics, sexual and racial identity, and geopolitical relations. He also works on lexicography, literacy, and language education in the Russian Empire.