Born in Heidelberg in 1971, Ijoma Mangold is a German literary critic and literary editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper, Die Zeit. He studied German and Philosophy in Munich, Bologna and Berlin. From 2001 to 2009 he was editor of the literary supplement of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He is regularly on the jury of the major prizes for contemporary German literature and was moderator of a literary programme on public television. Ijoma Mangold has received several awards for his work as a critic and is visiting professor at Göttingen and St Louis.