In 2007, Richard Hronek received his BA in German Language from Guilford College in Greensboro North Carolina. Upon graduation, he was granted the opportunity to spend two years in Austria as a Fulbright language assistant. During his stay in Austria, his interests took a turn towards brewing. Three years later, he started working at Natty Greene’s Brewing by scrubbing the floors. After brewing and reading the novels of Hermann Hesse and Thomas Mann for two years, he decided to pursue a graduate degree in German. Richard received his Master’s degree by reworking a paper about the similarities between Jakob Heym from Jurek Becker’s Jakob der Lügner and various understandings of the messiah. His dissertation is about Jakob Arjouni’s hard-boiled detective, Kemal Kayankaya. Among other things, Richard looks at how Kayankaya as a Turkish-born, German-raised person simultaneously possesses insider/outsider status and how Arjouni uses alcohol and drunkenness to construct Kayankaya’s German identity. Richard received his PhD from the University of Madison-Wisconsin in December 2020, only two months after the birth of his daughter in October. Since August 2021, Richard has been a lecturer of German at University of North Carolina-Greensboro.