Thomas Keenan is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at SUNY Binghamton, where he teaches literary theory, media studies and human rights. Prior to his appointment at Binghamton, he taught for nine years in the English Department at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in Comparative Literature.
He is the author of Fables of Responsibility: Aberration and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics (Stanford University Press, 1997) and the editor of two volumes documenting and analyzing the wartime journalism of Paul de Man – Paul de Man, Wartime Journalism 1939-1943 and Responses (University of Nebraska Press, 1988 and 1989) and two volumes on The End(s) of the Museum, stemming from an exhibition of the same name at the Fundacio Antoni Tapies in Barcelona n 1995. He has written on contemporary art and architecture, television coverage of the American intervention in Somalia, AIDS, and the new theoretical approaches to the “public sphere.”
He is currently working on a book on humanitarianism, war, and the news media in Bosnia, Somalia and Rwanda, called Live Feed. This was the topic of his research during the spring of 1998 when he was a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. With Andras Riedlmayer, he recently started International Justice Watch, an Internet discussion list focused on “the international war crimes tribunals for ex-Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as on related issues including the conflicts that gave rise to the tribunals, the project to establish an International Criminal Court, international humanitarian law (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes) and other contemporary armed conflicts and humanitarian emergencies.”