Professor Thomas Keenan
Bard College


Thomas Keenan teaches media theory, literature, and human rights at Bard College, outside New York City, where he is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Human Rights Project.  He is the author of Fables of Responsibility: Aberrations and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics (1997), and co-edited The End(s) of the Museum (1996) and New Media, Old Media (2005).  He has also written on the wartime journalism of Paul de Man.  His current manuscript, about media and contemporary conflict, is called Live Feed: Crisis, Intervention, Media .  He was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center for the Press and Politics at Harvard University in 1998 and has served on the boards of the Soros Documentary Fund, WITNESS, the Journal of Human Rights, the Crimes of War Project, and Scholars at Risk.  He co-founded International Justice Watch (JUSTWATCH-L), an Internet discussion group on human rights and international humanitarian law.  He received a B.A. from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University.