Sven Spieker teaches in the Comparative Literature Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Specializing in modern and contemporary art and cultural history, he has lectured and published on topics ranging from the historical avant-garde in Russia and central Europe to 20th- and 21st-century art and literature. His book The Big Archive focuses on the archive as a crucible of European modernism (2008). An edited volume on Destruction in contemporary art is forthcoming in 2017. Spieker is a founding editor of ARTMargins Print and ARTMargins Online.