Zhen Zhang is a Visiting PhD Scholar at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. He received his B. A. in Russian Language and Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University. He has a M. A. in Slavic languages and literatures from University of Washington. He is currently a PhD candidate from the Department of Comparative Literature at University of California, Davis, where he has also taught language courses including Russian and Mandarin-Chinese, and undergraduate courses in comparative literature and film studies. His research interests are Russian and Chinese literature since the mid-19th century, European socialist thoughts and their variations in Russia and China, and global Marxism. His dissertation project explores how Sino-Soviet relation from the socialist period continues to inform Chinese aesthetics and its political orientation in the postsocialist period.