Thom Sliwowski is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Literature and a D.E. in Critical Theory. He joined the program in 2015, after receiving his B.A. in Comparative Literature and German from CUNY Hunter College and briefly working in rural France. His research focuses on German, Polish, and French prose and film during the 20th century, but especially in the postwar period, and revolves around questions related to the historiography of state socialism in People’s Poland and in the GDR, the politics of nostalgia, and the notion of social “forms of life,” especially as related to their decay, senescence, or moribundity. He is currently working on a project on the writer Marek Hłasko and the reception of socialist-realist aesthetics in Poland. He also enjoys cycling and skydiving.