Thomas Keenan

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; Director, Human Rights Program

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Experimental Humanities, Human Rights, Literature

Area of Specialization: Literature, media, human rights, political theory


B.A., Amherst College; M. Phil., Ph.D., Yale University. Author, Fables of Responsibility (1997); Mengele's Skull (with Eyal Weizman, 2012); articles in PMLA, South Atlantic Quarterly, New York Times, Aperture, Cabinet. Coeditor, New Media, Old Media (with Wendy Chun, 2005). Editorial and advisory board member, Journal of Human Rights, Grey Room, Crimes of War Project, Scholars at Risk Network, others. Curator, Antiphotojournalism (with Carles Guerra, 2010�11), Aid and Abet (2011). At Bard since 1999.


  • Research Interests: media and conflict; literary and political theory; humanitarianism and human rights; violence and politics; evidence and photojournalism
  • Teaching Interests: human rights practice and theory; close reading of literary texts; media and new media theory; literary theory


Phone: 845-758-7086