Neil Ziolkowski holds a B.A. in German studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as an M.A. and M.Phil. from Columbia. Before pursuing graduate work in literary studies, Ziolkowski worked in the bicycle industry, which, although not the stuff of any literary canon, has proven illuminating in how webs of production and reproduction enmesh the full range of material objects – from bearings to books. His academic interests orbit the field of interference between literature and epistemic regimes - specifically, the exchange between literature and the natural sciences in relation to epistemology in the early twentieth century. His dissertation focuses on textual practices as related to a register of precision in the works of Ernst Cassirer, Robert Musil and Hermann Broch.