Bard Faculty

Thomas Keenan

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; Director, Human Rights Program

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Experimental Humanities, Global and International Studies, 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, Grey Room, New York Times, Aperture, Cabinet. Coeditor, New Media, Old Media (with Wendy Chun, 2005; 2nd edition with Wendy Chun and Anna Fisher, 2015); The Human Snapshot (with Tirdad Zolghadr, 2013); and The Flood of Rights (with Suhail Malik and Tirdad Zolghadr, 2016). Editorial and advisory board member, Journal of Human Rights, Grey Room, Humanity, and Scholars at Risk Network. Curator, Antiphotojournalism (with Carles Guerra, 2010–11) and 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
Department: Human Rights Project
Location: Arendt Center
Office: 202