Growing up in Germany, fascinated by languages and the USA, Patrick Ploschnitzki began his studies of "Linguistics and Phonetics" and "English Studies" at the University of Cologne and graduated in 2013. During that time, he worked for the University of Rhode Island's German Section as an intern for two semesters, as well as an assistant and phonetics teacher at Middlebury College’s German School for four consecutive summers. Patrick earned his Master's degree in German Studies (Translation Emphasis) at the University of Arizona in 2016, and he will continue his studies there as a PhD student with a minor in Translation Studies in the Department's "Transcultural German Studies" program. He is also passionate about travel and language, as well as music, movies and literature. Patrick joined the Department of German Studies with a desire to extend his interest and knowledge in German literature and in pursuit of becoming a professional literary translator. His main topics of research include contemporary Dorfromane and dubbing. He is part of the 2016-2017 University Fellows Program cohort.