Jon Cho-Polizzi is a doctoral candidate in the joint PhD program in Medieval Studies and German Literature and Culture. He is also a concurrent MA student in UC Berkeley's Program in Folklore. He received his BA in German Literature and European History from UC Santa Cruz and his MA in Übersetzungswissenschaft from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. In between his studies he has taught at several public and private schools, as well as traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. His interests span from the medieval to the contemporary and include migration, cultural history, multilingualism, and literary translation. His research examines the role of outsiders and the rural village in German-language literature and their implications for wider identity formation. He is also the managing editor of TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World and a contributor to the Multicultural Germany Project. In his spare time he enjoys alpine mountaineering, scuba diving, and Käsespätzle.