Piret Viires is the professor of Estonian literature and literary theory, and the head of the Estonian language and culture study area at Tallinn University. She received her doctorate on Estonian literature in 2006 from Tartu University. Viires has published books on Estonian literature and postmodernism, and, in addition, published articles, edited scholarly publications and organised conferences. Her teaching assignments and research has taken her to the University of Turku (Finland), Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary), the University of Warsaw (Poland) and Ohio State University (the US). Viires is also a vice chairperson of the Estonian Writers' Union and has published fiction.