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Kevin Keenan

Assistant Professor

Address: 26 Coming Street, Room 101
Office Hours: Spring 2014: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Phone: 843.953.5679

Kevin Keenan has taught in the Department of Political Science since August of 2009.  He teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, offering courses in: World Regional Geography; Urbanization and Urban Geography; Urban Policy; Suburbia: People, Place, and Politics; Urban Transportation: Problems and Prospects; History and Theory of American Urban Planning; and Geographic Information Systems.  Dr. Keenan utilizes the City of Charleston as a learning laboratory in his classes so students get into the world to see the theories and principles discussed in class in action through field trips and invited speakers.  Dr. Keenan also serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Urban Studies Program and the Director of the Graduate Urban and Regional Planning Certificate Program for the College of Charleston.

Dr. Keenan earned his Ph.D in Geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a certificate in college teaching from the Colleges of Worcester Consortium.  His dissertation is titled “Awareness of Vulnerability to Terrorism in Urban Areas: Social Network and Mobility Effects in Boston, MA.”  In the dissertation, Dr. Keenan showed how one’s gendered social networks and daily patterns can both improve and limit one’s access to information about terrorism.  Dr. Keenan also holds a master’s degree from Hunter College in New York City.  His master’s thesis studied how ontological dissonance stemming from the 9/11 attacks affected the locational strategies of financial executives.

Before attending graduate school, Dr. Keenan worked for the New York City Office of Emergency Management which was housed in 7 World Trade Center and was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  A survivor of those attacks and confused, as were most Americans, about why they occurred, Dr. Keenan decided to devote his career to understanding the affects of terrorism on American society.


Ph.D., Clark University (geography), Worcester
M.A., CUNY Hunter College
M.A., B.A., SUNY Stony Brook