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Christopher Harwood has been a lecturer in Czech in the Slavic department of Columbia University since 2001. He also works occasionally as a freelance translator (from Czech and Russian to English) and interpreter (between Czech and English). His professional interests focus on methods for teaching Czech as a foreign language and on twentieth- and twenty-first-century Czech literature and culture. In various contexts over the years, he has taught Czech, English, German, and Russian. He holds BA (1990), MA (1992), and PhD (2000) degrees in Russian literature from Columbia University.