Jutta Gsoels-Lorensen, a native of Austria, holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University, as well as MA degrees from Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz, Austria, and SUNY Binghamton, NY. She teaches courses in German, English, and Comparative Literature at Penn State Altoona. Her most recent research focuses on issues of forced migration in literature and law, particularly political asylum and deportation. Her work has been published in New German Critique, Arethusa, Mosaic, Germanic Review, and African American Review, among others. She is currently working on a book project devoted to contemporary refugeedom and the idea of public hospitality. She has received Penn State Altoona's Athlene J. Stere Teaching Award, the Grace D. Long Award for Faculty Excellence, the NRHH Faculty STAR Award, as well as Honorable Mention for the ACLA Charles Bernheimer Prize in 2005 for her doctoral dissertation.