Stathis Gourgouris is professor of classics and professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. He writes and teaches on a variety of subjects that coalesce around questions of the poetics and politics of modernity and democracy. He is the author of several books, including Dream Nation: Enlightenment, Colonization, and the Institution of Modern Greece (Stanford, 1996); Does Literature Think? Literature as Theory for an Antimythical Era (Stanford, 2003); Lessons in Secular Criticism (Fordham 2013); The Perils of the One (Columbia, 2019); and editor of Freud and Fundamentalism (Fordham, 2010). He has published numerous articles on Ancient Greek philosophy, political theory, modern poetics, film, contemporary music, and psychoanalysis. He is also an internationally awarded poet, with four volumes of poetry published in Greek.