Kevin S. Amidon is Associate Professor of German Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the Iowa State University, where he serves also as an affiliate member of the faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies. He studied German, economics, history, musicology, and art history in Ann Arbor, Freiburg, Princeton, Frankfurt am Main, and Berlin, and received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University in 2001. He has published a wide range of articles on critical theory, gender history and theory, eugenics, race theory, evolutionary thought, the Frankfurt School, German and American history, opera, and theater. His current research projects include book-length studies of the cultures of investigation and persuasion in German life sciences during the early twentieth century, and the status of Hören (hearing, attention, obedience, and ownership) in the German opera of the 1920s. During 2003-2004 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, and in 2015 he was honored with the Cassling Family Faculty Award for Outstanding Acievement in Teaching.