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Kevin Keenan

Associate Professor

Address: 26 Coming Street, Room 101
Office Hours: Spring 2018:
Phone: 843.953.5679
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Kevin Keenan has taught in the Department of Political Science since August of 2009.  He teaches undergraduate courses in Urbanization and Urban Geography, Urban Applications of Geographic Information Systems, Urban Policy, and  Suburbia: People, Place, and Politics.  He teaches graduate courses in Urban Transportation: Problems and Prospects, History and Theory of American Urban Planning, and Urban Applications of Geographic Information Systems.  Dr. Keenan utilizes the City of Charleston as a learning laboratory in his classes so students get into the community to see the theories and principles discussed in class in action.  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 Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts.  In Spring of 2014, Dr. Keenan achieved certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and he has maintained it via the AICP continuing education process.  His research interests focus on the nexus of place and urban vulnerability awareness, as well as the role of place in reducing fear of terrorism and other forms of violence.  He has published several articles that explore the intersecting and emplaced roles of home, work, mobility, and gender on an individual’s terrorism risk perception.  Dr. Keenan is currently working on research that explores how cyber systems create potential deep wells of urban vulnerability, as well as how ideas and forms of resilience may be gleaned from the most disadvantaged populations in cities.  He has also studied the role that place and spatial metaphors played in the re-racialization processes in Charleston after the Mother Emanuel Church shooting.  Dr. Keenan holds master’s degrees from Hunter College (geography) in New York City and from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (public policy).  His master’s thesis from Hunter College studied how ontological dissonance stemming from the 9/11 attacks affected the locational strategies of financial executives, and Dr. Keenan has published several articles on this topic.    

Before attending graduate school, Dr. Keenan served as a policy analyst and planner for the New York City Office of Emergency Management in the planning division and for Hunter College in government and community relations.


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