Kevin was born and raised in small towns throughout the US Midwest and has been infatuated with European culture and history since his teens. He initially fell in love with Germany, where he spent his first months abroad in the summer of 1990 as the Berlin Wall was still crumbling down. He first visited Prague, chasing after traces of Kafka and Mozart, in the summer of 1992, when it was still the capital of Czechoslovakia. He received his BA in German and Anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1996. But, Prague never ceased to be a draw and in the late 1990s, he plunged into the active study of the Czech language, history, and culture. After several years of intensive Czech language study and coursework in German literature and culture, Kevin earned a PhD in Germanics from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2012 with a dissertation on German, Austrian, and Czech cinema in the 1930s and 40s. Kevin has published widely on topics related to German and Czech cinema and has worked as a translator from both German and Czech to English. He has lectured at Charles University and is currently the Academic Director of an overseas education abroad program. Married into a Czech family, Prague has been home since 2001 and Kevin never ceases to be amazed by new discoveries in the city. When he gets the time, he enjoys listening to old vinyl records, playing the guitar or accordion, and reading sci-fi novels.