Kaspar Maase is a professor emeritus of Empirische Kulturwissenschaft at the University of Tübingen. After receiving his Ph.D. from the Humboldt-University in Berlin (GDR) in 1971, he worked as a freelance editor, writer, university lecturer, and as a research fellow at the Institute for Marxist Study and Research in Frankfurt. From 1990 to 1994 he was a research fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. His habilitation thesis at Bremen University in 1992 was a study of the Americanization of the youth and the Westernization of the Federal Republic in the 1950s. He became an adjunct professor at the Ludwig Uhland Institute in Tübingen in 1995, where he taught until 2011. His main research focus is on the history and theory of popular culture and entertainment since the 19th century. He is the author of BRAVO Amerika. Erkundungen zur Jugendkultur der fünfziger Jahre in der Bundesrepublik (1992), Grenzenloses Vergnügen. Der Aufstieg der Massenkultur 1850-1970 (1997), Das Recht der Gewöhnlichkeit. Über populäre Kultur (2011), and Die Kinder der Massenkultur. Auseinandersetzungen um Schmutz und Schund seit dem Kaiserreich (2012).