Anne received her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught courses in Russian language, Russian literature and comparative literature at Berkeley and the University of Missouri. She also worked for a year at the Pedagogical Institute in Saratov, Russia, where she taught English language and literature. She has published several articles on 19th-century Russian literature, and is currently at work on an article on contemporary Russian culture. She is also working on a book, "Infected Families: Leo Tolstoy's Polemics on the Nature of Love." Dr. Hruska is particularly interested in the way historical events were interpreted and argued about in Russian fiction, and in the interrelationships between Western and Russian literature.