Ross Shideler is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Scandinavian. His books include Voices Under the Ground: Themes and Images in the Early Poetry of Gunnar Ekelöf , Per Olov Enquist: A Critical Study and Questioning the Father: From Darwin to Zola, Ibsen, Strindberg and Hardy. He also co-edited with Kathleen Komar the volume of essays Lyrical Symbols and Narrative Transformations; his other publications include a wide range of articles as well as his own poetry, translations of Swedish poetry, and two plays by Per Olov Enquist. He received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCLA Alumni Association in 1985 and was elected Vice-President and President of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Society (1996-2000). In 2004 he was elected to the board of the International Comparative Literature Association as Treasurer for the Americas. Professor Shideler has been an Associate Dean in the Graduate Division since 2003.