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Professor of American Studies at UCD

Professor Liam Kennedy is Director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin. He has diverse research interests and teaching experiences, spanning the fields of American urban studies, visual culture, globalisation and transatlantic relations.

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He is the author of Susan Sontag: Mind as Passion (1995) and Race and Urban Space in American Culture (2000). He is co-editor of Urban Space and Representation (1999) and City Sites: An Electronic Book (2000), and editor of Remaking Birmingham: The Visual Culture of Urban Regeneration (2004).

Profess Kennedy's work is interdisciplinary, blending cultural and political modes of scholarly analysis, and represents American Studies as a valuable framework to study both American domestic and international affairs.

He is currently researching a monograph on photography and international conflict, and preparing two edited books - on urban photography and on cultural diplomacy and US foreign policy.

Recent articles include:

'Remembering September 11: Photography as Cultural Diplomacy', International Affairs, 79,2 (March 2003), 315-26.

'Framing September 11: Photography After the Fall', History of Photography, 27, 3 (Autumn 2003), 272-283

'Urban Decline and Representation', in Transfiguring Spaces, eds. Gunter H. Lenz and Utz Riese (Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2003), 35-52

(with Scott Lucas) 'Enduring Freedom: Cultural Diplomacy and US Foreign Policy', American Quarterly, 57, 2 (June 2005), 309-33

'Counter-Traditionalist: Susan Sontag', Radical Philosophy 135 (Jan-Feb 2006), http://www.radicalphilosophy.com/default.asp?channel id=2191@editorial id=17659

'Spectres of Comparison: American Studies and the United States of the West', Comparative American Studies (March 2006), 135-50

(with Hamilton Carroll) 'Introduction', Special Issue on 'Intellectuals and the Nation-State', Comparative American Studies (October 2006), 1-2  This issue presentats papers from the 'Intellectuals and the Nation State' conference, held at hte UCD Clinton Institute in November 2005.

Recent Papers include:

'The Ruins on New York', Public Lecture Series on New York City, University of Bonn, May 2004.

'Spectres of Comparison: American Studies and the United States of the West'.  american Studies Summer Institute, Dartmouth University, June 2004

'Public Diplomacy and Information Warfare'. British Association for American Studies Conference, Cambridge University, April 2005.

'The Optical Unconscious of U.S. Foreign Policy'.  International American Studies Association Conference, Ontario, August 2005.

'Democratic Vistas: US Foreign Policy in the Field of Vision', American Studies Summer Institute, Dartmouth University, June 2006.

'Photography and the Aesthetics of Urban Ruin', City and Photography Conference, University college Dublin, June 2006

'Fear and Freedom Post p/11', Roundable Discussant, Conference on US National Identity in the 21st Century, University of Oxford, November 2006

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