Jon Cho-Polizzi

- United States of America -

Jon Cho-Polizzi is a doctoral candidate in the joint PhD program in Medieval Studies and German Literature and Culture.

He received his MA in Übersetzungswissenschaft (Translation Studies) from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and his BA in German Literature and European History from UC Santa Cruz. He is also active at UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies and Program in Folklore. He freelances as a literary translator, and has taught at public and private schools in Germany and California.


The rural village idyll is foundational to the imaginary of the German nation. His dissertation titled “It Takes a Village” investigates literary representations of the local through transnational and increasingly translingual ‘village stories.’ He was managing editor for four issues of TRANSIT Journal ( and 10.1) and a contributor to the Multicultural Germany Project.

In his spare time he enjoys photography, alpine mountaineering, scuba diving, and Käsespätzle.