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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.

  • “Afterword: Gesamtkunstwerk as Epistemic Space.” In: David Imhoff, Margaret Menninger, and Anthony J. Steinhoff, eds. The Total Work of Art: Foundations, Articulations, Inspirations (New York: Berghahn Books, 2016): 249-57.
  • With Daniel Krier. “Easing the Encumbered Subject: Security, Speculation, and Capitalist Subjectivity.” In: Daniel Krier and Mark P. Worrell, eds. Capitalism’s Future: Alienation, Emancipation and Critique (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2016): 136-53.
  • With Dan Krier. “Critical Theory and the Limits of Academic Economics: Resolving the Political in Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” Critical Sociology 41:2 (March 2015): 349-58.
  • “Beyond the Straight State: On the Borderlands of Sexuality, Ethnicity, and Nation in the United States and Europe.” In: Brian D. Behnken and Simon Wendt, eds. Crossing Boundaries: Ethnicity, Race, and National Belonging in a Transnational World (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013): 301-19.
  • With Zachary Gray Sanderson. “On Subjectivity and the Risk Pool; or, Žižek’s Lacuna.” Telos 160 (Fall 2012): 121-138.
  • With Peter Langguth, Hans Lennernäs, Lawrence Yu, and Gordon L. Amidon. “Bioequivalence of Oral Products and the Biopharmaceutics Classification System: Science, Regulation, and Public Policy.” Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 90.3 (September 2011): 467-70.
  • “Adolf Meyer-Abich, Holism, and the Negotiation of Theoretical Biology.” Biological Theory 3.4 (Fall 2008 [published summer 2009]): 357-70.
  • With Dan Krier. “On Rereading Klaus Theweleit’s Male Fantasies.” Men and Masculinities 11.4 (June 2009): 488-96.
  • “What Happens to Countess Geschwitz? Revisiting Homosexuality in Horkheimer and Adorno.” The New York Journal of Sociology 1 (2008): 1-24. [http://www.newyorksociology.org/]
  • With Mark P. Worrell. “A. R. L. Gurland, the Frankfurt School, and the Critical Theory of Antisemitism.” Telos 144 (Fall 2008): 129-47.
  • “Sex on the Brain: The Rise and Fall of German Sexual Science.” Endeavour 32.2 (June 2008): 64-69.
  • “‘Diesmal fehlt die Biologie!’ Max Horkheimer, Richard Thurnwald, and the Biological Prehistory of German Sozialforschung.” New German Critique 104 (Vol. 35 No. 2, Summer 2008): 103-37.
  • “The Visible Hand and the New American Biology: Toward an Integrated Historiography of Railroad-Supported Agricultural Research.” Agricultural History 82.3 (Summer 2008): 309-36.
  • “Carrie Chapman Catt and the Evolutionary Politics of Sex and Race, 1885-1940.” Journal of the History of Ideas 68.2 (April 2007): 305-28.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, 2003-4

  • 2010   National Humanities Center Summer Institute in Literary Studies
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Grant, 2002, 2000
  • 2015-16  Cassling Family Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University
  • 2014 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University

  • Margaret and Paul Lurie Prize for Excellence in Teaching, University of Michigan Honors Program, 2001

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Phone: (515) 294-7591
Email: ksamidon@iastate.edu