Dora Zhang is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. She received a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and a BA in philosophy from the University of Toronto. Her research interests are in Anglo-French modernist fiction and history of philosophy, as well as history of science and visual culture. She has written academically on Proust and photography as well as Woolf, Bertrand Russell, and the limits of describing experience in language. She’s also written somewhat less academically on why we make small talk, Roland Barthes in China, and what it means to love literature when it’s also your line of work.