Jon Cho-Polizzi is a doctoral candidate in the joint PhD program in Medieval Studies and German Literature and Culture. He is also active in UC Berkeley's Program in Folklore and its Institute of European Studies. 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, worked as a freelance translator, as well as traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. His dissertation, titled "It Takes a Village..." examines the intersections of migration narratives with literary representations of rural life in the 19th, 20th, and 21st century, questioning the role of the village in the formation of German-language constructs of communal identity. He was also managing editor for four issues of TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World and a contributor to the Multicultural Germany Project, and remains a contributing editor for TRANSIT. He is conducting research in conjunction with Humboldt University's PhD-Net: "Wissen der Literatur" for the 2018-2019 academic year. In his spare time he enjoys alpine mountaineering, scuba diving, and Käsespätzle.