Dr. Ethan Amidon


Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2013, University of Missouri – Saint Louis
  • MA, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2009, University of Missouri – Saint Louis
  • BA, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2003, University of Maryland – College Park


  • CRM 220 Criminological Theory
  • CRM 303 Capital Punishment
  • CRM 340 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CRM 705 Applied Research in Criminal Justice
  • CRM 770 Correctional Theory and Practice
  • CRM 771 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: Community Corrections

Research and professional interests

Dr. Amidon’s primary area of research focuses on the political considerations associated with punitive punishment practices. More specifically, his research examines the political determinants of historical and contemporary reliance on incarceration and the death penalty. His research also focuses on examining how recent social and political factors have shaped correctional practices in the 21st century. Dr. Amidon serves as the department’s General Education and Assessment Coordinator. 

Awards and honors

  • Teaching Award in Online Learning, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Missouri State University, 2019
  • Master Online Course Recognition Award for Feedback & Assessment, Missouri State University, 2018